Thinking about hooking up with a guy because he happens to be a cute man with an adorable dog? Well, think again. Far more important than a pet person and his purebred pooch, is his behavior with you.
The American Kennel Club recognizes=2 0eight groups of dogs (one is miscellaneous), but not all breeds may be a suitable match for you, nor your pick of a dog man. Relationship April Masini and Stanley Coren, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of The Intelligence of Dogs (Free Press), weigh in to enlighten us on the traits of a man and his best friend. Read on to discover how to make a dog-person love connection that will make you both happy.HERDING DOGSAustralian Shepherd, Border Collie, Collie, German Shepherd, Pembroke Welsh Corgi Top Dog Traits: Herding dogs are pooches bred for herding cattle or sheep. These go-getter dogs are active runners, and sport a keen eye for anything that moves (like a man with a roving eye). A run-around herding dog is ideal for an on-the-go dude who is fun-loving and intelligent.
Man's Best Friend: Herding dogs attract a guy who is skilled at training and knows to give them work that rewards their instincts. He adores this heady, goal-oriented breed-it reflects himself. Like a herding breed, this energetic guy loves a challenge and goes after what he wants.
What It Means To You: Don't let his player instinct fool you. "Collie and German Shepherd owners are men with classic lifestyles and values. While they may have frat-boy mentalities that will mellow with age," says Masini. "If you want a traditional relationship, this man is for you."
Afghan Hound, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bloodhound, Dachshund
Top Dog Traits: The hounds are touted for their uncanny sense of scent. The guy who is enamored by the hound dog shares the same dog-like characteristics: reliable, sturdy and tons of endurance. These hunting dogs, like their masters, are family-oriented, nurturing and good-natured.
Man's Best Friend: A man who owns a hound dog may be more laid back than a herding dog man. A Type A guy (i.e., fast order cook, journalist) savors this cool dog because when he comes home from work he's dog-tired and doesn't need his pet bouncing around saying "I need to play," notes Coren.
What It Means To You: If your guy is the kind who likes the underdog appearance of a hound, he's going to be super sweet and sympathetic," points out Masini. Love with a dog owner who has his hound for its instincts is going to be intuitive and sensitive to you.
Bulldog, Poodle, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Chinese Shar-Pei
Top Dog Traits: A man who walks and talks to his non-sporting dog is smitten by this canine's individuality. Whether it's wrinkles or spots, this dog group is noted for its standout looks, original and stubborn temperament. True-blue devotion to its master will win his heart.
Man's Best Friend: "Dalmatians and Poodles are dogs with distinctive personalities. They like what they like when they like it-and so do their owners," says Masini. Men who go for the non-sporting dog are saying to the world, "We march to a different drummer." His dog symbolizes his uniqueness.
What It Means To You: "If you are special and like going against the grain, the non-sporting dog man will make a commitment to you quicker than you can say, 'Down, boy!" says Masini. "But forget about being Top Dog. These guys are dominant and want to be in charge.
Brittany, Irish Setter, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever
Top Dog Traits: An outgoing, healthy outdoorsman connects with this upbeat, smart and adaptable dog group. Pointers, retrievers, setters and spanie ls spell athletic. The sporting dog is versatile and action-oriented like his owner. These go-dogs sport a happy-go-lucky look on their faces and that is typically shared by their owner, says Coren.
Man's Best Friend: The sporting dog is a great companion for the outdoor athlete. "This man will never want for friends with this type of dog," asserts Coren. "They are the ones that will wash his face and kiss his ears and clean his soul." He is a year-round good sport with a smile on his face.
What It Means To You: "He wants a girlfriend or a wife who is not just intelligent but socially aware and able to multitask," says Masini. Also, if you're searching for ongoing love and romance, this is the dog man!