Which Dog Breed Is Your Kindred Spirit?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Scientists believe that the earliest dogs were some manner of wolf, some of which grew accustomed to following human settlers, eating the scraps they left behind. Eventually, these wolves became socialized in a way not unlike humans, and they became friendly to humans. It wasn't long before dog and man were partners on the hunt, taking shifts protecting the camp, or retrieving game birds.

Dogs have filled roles in human culture since they came in from the cold, and humans learned, over thousands of years, how to selectively breed dogs for specific qualities. From this relationship came the plethora of dog breeds we know and love today. Some dogs were bred to spot game. Some were bred to retrieve game. Some were bred to protect the camp. Some were bred to be companions. Today, the qualities bred into dogs for their original jobs are re-purposed so that dogs can serve as guides for the blind, emotional support companions, illicit drug investigators, and bomb locators. It is rumored that specially trained attack dogs were even on the raid to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

With such a cornucopia of canines, which one is your kindred spirit? Worry not, friend! We'll sort you out. Just take this quiz!

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