Written by FOTP Team
To really get the most out of this recommendation list, you’ll need to know what your Myers & Briggs personality report looks like. But we’re dog nutrition experts, not psychologists, so we suggest you take the assessment from a reputable source first.
But of course, if you’ve spent any time taking personality quizzes online over the past 15 years, chances are that you already know what your Myers & Briggs personality type is, so now it’s time to go find the type of dog that matches your mood! (Btw, this is for entertainment purposes only. Don’t make any life-altering decisions based on this list.)
INFP types are Healers and can understand demanding dogs like Chow Chows.
INFP personality types are sometimes referred to as Healers. They’re usually idealists who are driven by their own beliefs and have an ambitious, hopeful nature. They’re great at bringing out the best in others, so difficult-to-train breeds like the Chow Chow might make for a dynamic match.
INTJ types, also known as Masterminds, are up for the challenge of a Siberian Husky
INTJs are problem-solvers, so they’re probably looking for a breed of lovable troublemakers to work with. Masterminds — as they’re sometimes called — are always up for a challenge so dogs that have a reputation for being high-maintenance, like the Siberian Husky, might be a good fit.
INFJ types are great at unlocking the potential of a breed like the Border Collie.
The INFJ personality type, also known as the Counselor, does exactly what it says on the tin. They (usually) have deep reserves of patience that make them incredible mentors, so a breed like the Border Collie will soak up their instructions and training like a dog-shaped sponge. (Do we sell those? If not, we should.)
INTP types are looking for intelligent homebodies like the Shiba Inu.
INTPs – also known as Architects – tend to be quiet, thoughtful people. Shiba Inus have big personalities that make them a little stubborn (and occasionally tricky to manage), but their cat-like nature makes them ideal for introverted personality types like the INTPs.
The ENFP’s enthusiasm can only be matched by the Golden Retriever’s.
The Champion, as the ENFP type is sometimes referred to, is full of energy and enthusiasm. They’re brilliant cheerleaders and friends who can lift up and motivate anyone. Like their human counterparts, Golden Retrievers also have boundless energy and an urge to please others. You two will get along just fine!
The Commander needs a dog as tough as them. Enter the Mastiff.
ENTJ types are quick-witted and efficient. A Commander (aka. the coolest nickname for a personality type on this list) is a bit of a tough guy, so a strong, loyal breed like the Mastiff will be able to match their energy and keep up with their person well. Look for Mastiffs and Commanders alike in leadership positions at the front of the pack. That’s where they thrive.
The Visionary (aka. ENTPs) need a pet who can keep up with them like the German Shepherd.
Visionaries, or ENTP types, are highly intelligent, well-organized, and innovative. They see problems as opportunities and don’t rest until they’ve found a solution. German Shepherds are also highly intelligent and take to training very well. If you’re looking for a dog that can keep up with you intellectually, look no further than the German Shepherd.
ENFJs are all about unwavering support for others, just like the loyal Newfie.
The Teacher (or ENFJ type if you want to be all technical) has a knack for unlocking potential in others by offering loyalty and loads of support. They’re idealistic, charismatic, and at the end of the day, big sweethearts. All of these qualities are also true for the squishy, lovable Newfoundland breed as well.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback makes a great companion for ISFJ types.
ISFJs, also called Protectors, are loyal to traditions and family above all else. They prefer to lead a simple and practical life, but are still caring and compassionate when they’re called upon. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was first bred to hunt lions, so they know a thing or two about taking care of their people.
The Composer type needs a dog like a Brittany to keep up with their spontaneity.
More than any other dog, the Brittany breed seems to have learned how to just go with the flow, just like their ISFP counterparts. Both the breed and the personality types tend to be happy-go-lucky, letting the world’s problems slide off of them.
ISTJs don’t like a lot of mess, so their perfect match might be the Pharaoh Hound
The Inspector type is organized and methodical. ISTJs never go into any situation without a plan and shy away from situations that they can’t control. Pharaoh Hounds are highly intelligent, capable of taking instruction well, and most importantly, clean as a dang whistle. It’s a perfect match for two types of perfectionists.
ISTP types are looking for a dog like the Papillon, who are usually up for whatever.
ISTPs, known as the Craftsperson personality type, are analytical and creative. They see the logic in complex systems and love to sit down and tackle a good problem from time to time. And sitting in their lap is the energetic, low-maintenance Papillon, who’s up for just about anything you throw at it.
The Provider type, also called the ESFJ type, needs the strong Dogue de Bordeaux standing by their side.
The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff, are strong, nurturing work animals. Throughout history, the Dogue de Bordeaux has been relied on for everything from protecting herds to hauling carts around farmyards. ESFJ types are the same way: hard-working, emotionally intelligent, and fiercely protective.
Samoyeds are the perfect breed for posting on social media, making them ideal for performers like the ESFP type.
It probably won’t surprise you that ESFP types, often referred to as the Performer type, don’t shy away from the spotlight. They tend to be focused on the senses, seeking out experiences that look, taste, sound, or feel amazing. Well, I can’t speak for how they taste, but take one look at the big fluffy cloud called the Samoyed and just TRY not to post their picture on Instagram.
ESTJs are rule-followers, just like any well-trained Blue Heeler.
The Supervisor type is orderly, organized, and loves to make (and follow) rules. Just like Blue Heelers (also called the Australian Cattle Dog), ESTJs love it when a plan comes together and look for ways to organize and contain the chaos around them. (You know, like a herd of unruly cattle, for instance.)
The Dynamo, or ESTP type, is a thrill-seeker. The Karelian Bear Dog is one of the most adventurous and rambunctious dog breeds out there.
Originally from Finland, the Karelian Bear Dog is called a bear dog not because it resembles a bear, but because they were bred to HUNT THEM. Now that takes some real chutzpah! If you’re looking for a fearless dog who can keep up with you on your wildest adventures, the Karelian Bear Dog might be the perfect pet for you.