Find out the perfect dog breed for your love language wit PETstock Ambassador and pet behavior specialist, Lara Shannon.
Adding a touch of extra love into your life through a pet soulmate can be a life-changing experience for both yourself and your new furry friend, so research is important!Before jumping straight in, it is important to consider compatibility, just like you would with a partner, and make a decision on which breed of dog will best fit your lifestyle. Working arrangements, exercise capabilities and time
commitments all come into play, alongside weighing up which breed will best suit your own personality.
Just like for any other date night, personality is very important in determining whether your potential pet is the right fit for you. When doing your research, try to look for behaviors and traits that you believe would suit yours, alongside your own personal love language. The five love languages are an increasingly popular tool to gauge your compatibility with a potential partner and can be used in the same way to measure which dog breed will best suit you.
If you prefer to relax indoors watching Netflix on the couch, and value quality time with your beloved, then it would be best to go for a dog breed that doesn’t require high levels of exercise, such as a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or a Greyhound (a resident couch potato). Alternatively, if your idea of productive quality time is spent outdoors exploring, then opt for a high-energy dog breed such as a Border Collie or Kelpie.
Physical touch is a popular love language amongst human love matches, and there are a wide variety of dog breeds to consider who love nothing more than cuddling up with you at all times of the day. A Golden Retriever, a Great Dane or a Pug are all excellent choices for an endless day filled with cuddles and kisses! These breeds will often give you a lick on the face, or go for the subtle lean against you to show their love.
Words of Affirmation
If your number one love language is words of affirmation, it might be time to consider a four-legged friend who likes to use their voice around the house! Some of the most talkative dog breeds include Beagles, Huskies and Chihuahuas. Chatty dogs can also be incredibly helpful if you are feeling lonely, as there won’t be a dull moment at home.
Sitting around and waiting for a potential partner to purchase you a gift that you are desperate for can be an endless waiting game. Many dog breeds will not keep you waiting, so if receiving physical gifts is something that makes you happy, a dog who enjoys collecting items and surprising its owner with what they have found may be best. Retrievers of any kind, alongside cattle dogs such as Australian Shepherds, are well known to drop a favorite toy at your feet as a sign of affection, or as a not-so-subtle hint for some play time!
Acts of Service
Dogs like to show their affection towards their pet parents in a variety of ways and are often set on improving the mood of their owners in any way possible. They can be very perceptive and switched on when it comes to noticing that you are having a bad day, and will try to give you as much love as they can! You can even try to train your dog to bring you your newspaper or other items each morning, to make life that little bit easier when you aren’t feeling in top shape.
Finally, your paw-fect match may not be a dog! Remember to consider other pets such as cats, rabbits, or guinea pigs that you may not have previously thought of and see if they align more closely with your love languages, personality traits and lifestyle.