Choosing a dog breed is no easy task, especially when you have a family. While there are certain types that are notoriously "kid-friendly" (think Golden Retrievers and Labradors), every kid is different. Energetic tots might need a furry friend who'll always be up for a rowdy game of fetch. Kids who'd rather read a good book than run around might be better off with a canine companion who'll be content to cuddle for hours. So when you're in the market for a new pup, what's the best dog breed for your kid's Myers-Briggs personality type?
If you're not familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test, here's a little background: Developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was designed to "make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people's lives," as the The Myers & Briggs Foundation explained on its website. Jung, the groundbreaking Swiss psychiatrist who founded analytic psychology, theorized that "seemingly random" variations in human behavior are in fact "quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment."
A person's type is determined by a series of questions, the answers to which result in the assignment of four letters that represent your personality: "E" or "I" (extrovert or introvert); "S" or "N" (sensing or intuitive); "T" or "F" (thinking or feeling); and "J" or "P" (judging or perceiving). Of course, depending your kid's age, they might not be able to complete a questionnaire, but you can take one for them (after all, you know your child pretty well!) and there are plenty of free tests available online (like this one at Truity). Or if you're really into the idea and don't mind spending the money, you can take your child to a certified evaluator. (There's even a specialized test for kids available, the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children.)
Whichever way you choose to find out your kid's Myers-Briggs type, once you have those four all-important letters, you can start thinking about finding a pooch with a complementary personality.