Choosing the Right Dog for Introverts and Extroverts

By John Stuart

As the old saying goes, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. If you’ve decided to buy a dog, you’re ready to think about which breed is right for you. You certainly don’t want to have buyer’s remorse later on, as this puts you in a difficult and potentially heart-breaking position. But how do you know which breed is the one for you? This can be an especially difficult dilemma if you’ve never owned a dog before, and the number of breeds can be intimidating.

Ultimately, forging a strong bond with your dog will take time and effort, kindness and lots of love– there’s no magical box ticking exercise that can pair you up with the perfect canine companion.

But whether you’re more of an introvert or an extrovert, it’s possible to find a dog breed that will fit into the rhythms and routines of your life. Some people are looking for a big-hearted, adventurous dog who is good with people, friends and family. More introverted people may want a dog for simple companionship, and who will be sensitive towards their quieter, more reserved lifestyle.


The Best Dog Breeds For….


Introverted people are often misunderstood, and it’s often assumed that an introvert likes to be a complete loner. This isn’t true– introverts need companionship too, it’s just that they’re often equally as comfortable in the company of a good book, or just like to recharge their batteries by spending some time on their own. These dog breeds are perfect for those people who may not be as comfortable in large crowds, but certainly want a bit of canine company


Greyhounds are the perfect breed for introverted souls who may love a cosy day at home alone, but also love going for long walks and outdoor adventures. Greyhounds have a muscular, athletic build meaning they are great for outdoor activities, but they also possess a sensitivity which makes them a quiet, sweet companion for someone who likes a bit of peace, quiet, and affection.

Basset Hound

Basset hounds are known for their laziness and are the kind of indoor dog that would love to lounge around a small flat or house. They don’t require long walks, which means that if you feel like being a shut-in for a while, you’re unlikely to meet with much resistance from this lovely breed of dog.

Irish Wolfhound

Like the best introverts, Irish wolfhounds are happier observing than jumping into the fray and can sometimes be quite reserved. This makes them the perfect companion for introverts who are keen on their own space.

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier provides just the right balance of affection and independence to make them the introvert’s best friend. They’re not lap dogs, and don’t require constant attention, but they are very adventurous and require a vigorous workout every day. If you’re the kind of introvert who is willing to put in the work to train your dog, then a Cairn Terrier is right for you, as they will give you your own space. However, it’s important to remember that Cairns don’t take well to submissive owners!


There’s a cliché which says that most dog owners are extroverts (as opposed to cat owners who are supposedly the introverts). This is one cliché which may not be entirely true. Extroverts may have their own set of needs, which means that certain dog breeds are well suited for them. Extroverts may like to be out and about with their dog. They may also love to show their dog off and generally bask in the delight and attention that a cute dog elicits from friends, colleagues and passers-by.

Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terriers love being outdoors, and are a perfect match for active, outdoor people who love a lot of exercise. They are agile and will definitely respond to an owner who can keep up with them.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are great all-rounders for extroverts. They’re friendly, happy dogs and love being taken for long walks. Again, they’re athletic dogs and, like the most extroverted personalities, they love to hang out with almost everyone.


Labradors are big, friendly dogs who, like golden retrievers, are also ideal family dogs. They are emotionally intelligent and easy to please, and they love learning new tricks, so they’re perfect for extroverts who want to spend hours showering their dog with affection.

John Stuart works for Kennelstore, specializing in the sale of wooden dog kennels, dog runs and dog cabins to homeowners and industry professionals. Find them online at