There are various tests to asses a dog’s suitability to be a family dog, a service dog, a therapy dog. The tests can be adapted to be used to create a personal check list and decide if a particular dog suits your personality.
According to most of them I have ‘dogs from hell’ (Prof. Stanley Coren has first come up with this name, I think). Very high to high energy levels, high to medium intelligence (a.k.a trainability), very low to low sociability, very high fearfulness, high emotional intelligence (yes, I know it sounds great but it means they are ‘slightly’ neurotic).
As you can probably guess I am extremely happy with my dogs from hell. I am hyperactive, quite intelligent (thus easily bored) and slightly neurotic. I consider it perfectly normal to walk the dogs for a few hours every day, play with them and have daily training sessions. I’m often weary of strangers and I don’t try to socialise unless the other party expresses a clear wish to do so. I have been dealing with anger management issues most of my life and I’m only really calm when there’s an animal around (or a small baby).
So: dogs from hell and a human from hell. A match made in heaven…
For those of you who wonder how to test your dog, some links with examples etc:
This is one of my favourites, but it might be too weird for most dogs owners 🙂 It even uses ghosts! Naturally, all my dogs fail miserably…
https://www.dognition.com/ you need to sign in for this, but first few tests are free