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Pup Development > Personality Tests > Personality Test 1

I give this test at 5 or 6 weeks of age.

Temperament types:
A. Dominant
This puppy seems to be a rebellious one, not recommended as a pet, but excellent as a herding, agility, or obedience dog.  Could be used as a watch dog if properly trained. Absolutely requires an experienced handler as this type of dog will always attempt to challenge human leadership.

B. Independent
This puppy seems to be a self-assured one, which requires a firm education and is not recommended if one has children.

C. Docile
This puppy seems to be obedient and stable.

D. Docile / Affectionate
Along with a docile temperament this pup will have an increased need for affection and should be perfectly suitable for children.

E. Timorous
This puppy seems to be an anxious one, may ill-behave with small children. 

An E type may indicate a lack of imprinting, at an important stage of the puppy's development (0 to 6 weeks), which is often irreversible.

A majority of A's indicates an A-type of dog, a majority of B's a B-type, and so forth.

Test sequence:
Put the puppy on the floor and move away, then attract it by clapping your hands.
A. Moves in your direction, jumps and chews at your hands.
B. Comes immediately, its tail high.
C. Comes and wags its tail.
D. Comes with a low tail.
E. Doesn't move at all in your direction.

Move around the puppy first, then move out of its visual field, without calling it.
A. Follows you, chewing at your feet.
B. Follows you, its tail high.
C. Follows you, its tail low.
D. Follows you, hesitating, its tail low.
E. Doesn't follow you.

Acceptance of Dominance
Start stroking the puppy, first its head, then its neck and its back.
A. Jumps up, scratches, growls and bites.
B. Jumps up, scratches.
C. Turns around, licks your hands.
D. Turns on its back, licks your hands.
E. Moves away.

Acceptance of Constraint
Maintain the dog on its back by putting your hand on its breast.
A. Struggles and resists while chewing and growling.
B. Struggles and resists without chewing nor growling.
C. Resists at first, then calms down and licks your hands.
D. Doesn't resist at all and licks your hands.
E. Behaves incoherently: first resists, then calms down, then starts growling and struggling again.

The Elevation Test
Lift the puppy from the floor, with both hands around its breast.
A. Turns around vigorously, growls, bites.
B. Turns around vigorously.
C. Turns around, calms down and licks your hands.
D. Doesn't turn around, licks your hands.
E. Behaves incoherently, resists or shivers, then calms down, then growls or bites, then licks your hands.

As with any other personality test the target is not to achieve a 5 out of 5 result.
A majority already points towards a certain tendency.

The ideal puppy may still turn out a disaster if not properly raised and trained.

However, it is important to know that a type A, B or E will more easily deceive you if you're not prepared to invest a lot of time, energy and consistency in its education. Be also aware of the possible mismatch of personality with your own temper. If you have a dominant, consistent type of personality a type A or B dog may be more easily to raise then a D type, which may become even more submissive under your dominance.

Rev. 15 January 18

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