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Owners of Aggressive Dog Breeds are more Hostile

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dogs.jpgEver take a fun quiz online that matched your personality traits to a specific dog breed? I remember I was a pug and thought it was weird. Well, turns out these laughable personality tests had some truth to them.

Research reveals that aggressive dog-breed owners scored higher in the personality trait of psychoticism, which is significant of high levels of anger, hostility and aggression. Why do these findings matter? This research could imply that people choose pets that are an extension of themselves.

The research was published in the October 2012 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences, is not the first study to come to this conclusion. The British Psychological Society presented their study that revealed Labrador Retriever owners scored high on the personality trait of openness. The same study reported that owners of pastoral and utility breeds such as collies and corgis were highly extroverted. Likewise, another study published by the journal Anthrozoos found that people with more argumentative personalities are more likely to choose bull terriers over other breeds as pets.

The study consisted of 147 German shepherds, Rottweilers, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers owners to fill out a simple personality questionnaire.

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