What a dog's breed says about its owner
Dogs are often said to look like their owners, but the breed someone chooses could also reveal key aspects of their personality, psychologists claim.
People are subconsciously drawn towards different types of dog depending on their lifestyle and character, they found.
Corgi owners, such as the Queen, tend to be extroverted while Sir Isaac Newton's pomeranian could have signalled that he was creative and intelligent, the study suggested.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's choice of a cocker spaniel puppy, Lupo, may reflect that they are agreeable and conscientious, while owners of greyhounds and beagles are more likely to be emotionally stable.
This could be because, like in a romantic relationship, we tend to subconsciously match ourselves with pets that we feel we share something in common with, researchers from Bath Spa University found.
It could also be down to our lifestyle, with active dogs like retrievers and greyhounds appealing more to people who enjoy spending time outdoors, they added.
Dr Lance Workman and Jo Fearon surveyed 1,000 dog owners via an online questionnaire on behalf of the Kennel Club.
The questions were designed to test the so-called "Big Five" traits that govern our personality: extroversion, agreeableness, emotional stability, conscientiousness and intelligence.
Presenting their findings at the British Psychological Society's annual conference in London, Dr Workman said there was a definite link between a dog's temperament and their owner's personality.
He said: "I think when you look for a dog at some level, largely subconsciously, you look for something that is a bit like you.
"It's a bit like a romantic partner. If they fit in they will probably last, and contrary to popular opinion with romantic partners opposites don't attract - you need to have a lot in common if it's going to last.
"But it also has to fit in with your lifestyle, so if you're going to get a gun dog or a hound dog or pastoral dog you need to be an outdoors type person."
Someone's choice of dog could also reveal hidden personality traits that do not immediately come across from watching them or listening to them speak.
The Queen's fondness for corgis, for example, may signal that she is more extrovert than she appears to be, Dr Workman exlained.
He said: "It takes a lot to get up and stand up in front of the number of people she does as often as she does, and give a good talk, and at the same time she has to be controlled as the head of state.
"Whereas the minor royals can party she's never been able to do that, so I think the personality that we see appears less extrovert than she actually is."
Source: The Telegraph