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Dog Personality Questionnaire:

Take the DPQ to reveal the personality of your dog. Discover the traits of your dog with this quick questionnaire. Use the slider to indicate whether you agree or disagree with each statement. There are 45 questions in total, which should take about 5 minutes.


Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

Q1.

Dog is relaxed when greeting people.


Q2.

Dog behaves aggressively toward dogs.


Q3.

Dog is anxious.


Q4.

Dog is lethargic.


Q5.

When off leash, dog comes immediately when called.


Q6.

Dog is shy.


Q7.

Dog behaves aggressively towards unfamiliar people.


Q8.

Dog likes to chase squirrels, birds, or other small animals.


Q9.

Dog gets bored in play quickly.


Q10.

Dog is quick to sneak out through open doors, gates.



Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

Q11.

Dog is confident.


Q12.

Dog is dominant over other dogs.


Q13.

Dog avoids other dogs.


Q14.

Dog works at tasks (e.g., getting treats out of a Kong, shredding toys) until entirely finished.


Q15.

Dog is boisterous.


Q16.

Dog behaves fearfully during visits to the veterinarian.


Q17.

Dog enjoys playing with toys.


Q18.

Dog is friendly towards unfamiliar people.


Q19.

Dog is playful with other dogs.


Q20.

Dog seeks companionship from people.



Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

Q21.

Dog behaves submissively (e.g., rolls over, avoids eye contact, licks lips) when greeting other dogs.


Q22.

Dog adapts easily to new situations and environments.


Q23.

Dog likes to chase bicycles, joggers, and skateboarders.


Q24.

Dog is curious.


Q25.

Dog behaves aggressively in response to perceived threats from people (e.g., being cornered, having collar reached for).


Q26.

Dog is aloof, distant or withdrawn.


Q27.

Dog behaves fearfully towards unfamiliar people.


Q28.

Dog willingly shares toys with other dogs.


Q29.

Dog is slow to respond to corrections.


Q30.

Dog behaves aggressively during visits to the veterinarian.



Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

Q31.

Dog seeks constant activity.


Q32.

Dog leaves food or objects alone when told to do so.


Q33.

Dog retrieves objects (e.g., balls, toys, sticks).


Q34.

Dog is friendly towards other dogs.


Q35.

Dog exhibits fearful behaviors when restrained.


Q36.

Dog aggressively guards coveted items (e.g., stolen item, treats, food bowl).


Q37.

Dog is affectionate.


Q38.

Dog ignores commands.


Q39.

Dog behaves aggressively towards cats.


Q40.

Dog shows aggression when nervous or fearful.



Strongly Disagree

Strongly Agree

Q41.

Dog tends to be calm.


Q42.

Dog behaves fearfully towards other dogs.


Q43.

Dog is able to focus on a task in a distracting situation (e.g., loud or busy places, around other dogs).


Q44.

Dog behaves fearfully when groomed (e.g., nails trimmed, brushed, bathed, ears cleaned).


Q45.

Dog is assertive or pushy with other dogs (e.g., if in a home with other dogs, when greeting).


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[v2.0] The Dog personality questionnaire (DPQ) was developed and designed by the Department of Psychology, University of Texas in collaboration with Amanda Jones. Amanda developed it as her Ph.D. thesis. There is a long and a short version of the questionnaire. Both versions were extensively validated. This online interpretation of the questionnaire uses the short version.

Reference: Jones, A. C. (2009). Development and validation of a dog personality questionnaire. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Texas, Austin.