critically-important to us as ethical breeders because
we are deeply concerned for the welfare of all our dogs, puppies, and
personality testing is so important because
this protocol helps us to make certain that our puppies are adopted
into the best fur-ever homes for each
us to determine the best compatibility of our puppies with specific
families or individuals. We
don’t just want our puppies and new owners to tolerate each other,
but to thoroughly enjoy living
together and loving
each other for the rest of their lives.
personality testing by ethical breeders demonstrates their deep
commitment to the physical and emotional health and well-being of
their puppies and owners. This protocol is significant also because
a professionally-matched puppy has a much lower risk of abandonment
due to incompatibilities issues.
dog breed available has certain temperament traits that are typically
associated with that breed.
selecting a breed, temperament is an important part of that decision.
within every breed, there are many possible personality types as
because the Havanese breed is known to be a super friendly breed does
not – by any stretch – mean that ALL Havanese dogs are super
friendly. A Havanese can still have a shy or timid personality type,
while still being 100% Havanese.
what does this mean and why does it matter?
say you decide that you want to adopt a Havanese puppy for your
family because you know that Havanese are usually social butterflies
and you want a dog that will be very friendly to everyone he meets.
In your case, let’s assume your breeder allows you to select your
puppy, so you choose the one that looks the cutest to your 5-year old
you take home an adorable little Havanese puppy, but when you invite
friends over or try to socialize your puppy, he tends to prefer to
not be very social. Perhaps he just wants to stick with you or will
wag his tail from a distance, but is too shy to really be a social
butterfly at all!
may be very disappointment and feel like you got a “dud” because
your Havanese is not a social butterfly.
this case, you probably selected a puppy with a Shy-Timid personality
type. This puppy is not a “dud” but rather does not fit the
typical temperament that is common with many Havanese or the
expectation that you had for the breed as a whole. If your breeder
had personality tested their puppies and selected a puppy for you,
you would have likely adopted a puppy that was a social butterfly and
would have been exactly what you were looking for!
people believe that if you breed dogs with certain personality types,
they will have puppies with similar personality types. However, this
is not always the case. We have seen very social, outgoing puppies
very shy timid dogs and vice versa. There is no hard set rule that
indicates dogs will produce puppies with similar personality types.
can certainly happen, but the opposite can as well!
a nutshell, around seven weeks of age, we use a series of 8 simple
tests with all our puppies to determine their personality types.
Likewise, we have all our new owners complete a New Owner
Questionnaire. Using the results of the puppy testing and the New
Owner Questionnaire, we determine which puppy is best suited to each
new owner based on the puppy’s personality type and the new owner’s
preferences and needs.
this way, we make sure that an inexperienced new owner with small
children, for example, receives a gentle puppy that is easier to work
with and will give them a good first experience. By contrast, a more
strong-willed puppy would be assigned to an experienced owner who
would prefer and enjoy the challenge of working with a very bold
conclusion, when you adopt a puppy from an ethical breeder who
provides puppy personality testing and matching as part of their program, it is
an important decision that can greatly benefit you and your family,
as well as your new puppy. When you select a reputable breeder that
includes this service, you are reducing your risk of later behavior
problems and re-homing. More importantly, you are increasing your
chances of successful socialization, training, bonding, and
To learn more about puppy personality testing, please read Why Getting A Professionally-Matched Puppy Is So Important.
Seeking Shalom Acres, we implement the Elite Breeder Puppy Personality Testing & Matching protocol with all our
puppies. You may read this article for a case study on
Puppy Personality Matching in Practice.
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