What exactly does Rover mean when he goes “ruff, ruff”? Does your favorite American Eskimo dog really mean “ruff, ruff” or is he expressing something entirely more sinister: “Hurry! Hurry! Timmy fell in the well again.”
Setting aside references to the 1950s television drama, we at The Park on Main®, the pet-friendly hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, certainly understand your inquisitiveness of canine (and occasionally feline) communications.
But the larger question – beyond the abbreviated and blunt vocabulary of Fido and Fluffy – is, do our pets express themselves and do they have unique personalities?
What Type of Pet Do You Have?
Priding ourselves in our keen pet-savvy abilities, we at The Park on Main® – where Fido and Fluffy are always welcome – will explore the deeper psychological ramifications of “ruff, ruff” and “meow, meow.”
For starters, the American Eskimo is playful, perky and very smart and makes for an excellent trick dog, according to akc.org, the American Kennel Club’s website.
However, Lassie, the Collie of early television fame, displays a more serious personality: graceful, devoted and proud. The Pointer is an even better contrast: even-tempered, hardworking, loyal and deemed a peerless hunting partner.
While pooches’ personalities vary nearly as widely as humans, dogster.com recommends taking an introspective approach to finding the right pet to match your particular – and, for most of us, peculiar – personalities.
Pet personalities are often a direct reflection of their humans.
Here’s a general personality roundup from cesarsway.com:
- Bulldogs: Persistent.
- Terriers: Energetic.
- Labradors and Golden Retrievers: Friendly and good-natured.
- Beagles: Inquisitive and loyal.
- Poodles and Chihuahuas: Sincere, fun loving and loyal.
- Boxers: Energetic and playful.
- Cocker Spaniels: Sweet, respectful and gentle.
- English Pointers: Alert, likable and well-rounded.
- Greyhound: Relaxed, calm and introverted.
- German Shepherds: Shy, warm and loyal.
- Dachshunds: Stubborn and brave.
- Rottweilers: Determined and intense.
- Pugs: Cheerful and zestful.
- Doberman Pinschers: Serious, intense and determined.
- Siberian Huskies: Strong willed and love the outdoors.
- Great Danes: Good-natured and responsible.
- Bichon Frises: Spoiled and socialable.
- Australian Shepherds: Active and enjoy the outdoors.
- Pit Bulls: Strong desire to please, courageous and viral.
Now let’s delve into the feline personality – if that’s at all possible. According to wayofcats.com, cats come in three basic personality types:
- The Alpha Cat is confident, smart and energetic. They believe everything is “their own idea.” Getting along with an Alpha involves outwitting them.
- The Beta Cat is generally cooperative and social – for a cat. Getting along with a Beta involves good communications and adept negotiation skills, on the part of the human.
- The Gamma Cat has a retiring, laid-back, almost clueless nature that requires lots of love and affection.
Did you find this information on personalities of dogs and cats interesting? Are you planning to head this way – with your cantankerous canine or finicky feline in tow? Come visit us or make reservations today. Let us know how we can be of service to you by following us on our social media channels.
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