A Match Made In Heaven: Pet Personality Traits

Posted May 7, 2007 1:46 p.m. EDT

The SPCA of Wake County uses a matchmaking program to help you find your perfect dog adoption match! This matching program focuses on the individuality of each dog and matches your lifestyle and expectations with each homeless dog’s characteristics and needs.
Each pooch has a color code of purple, green, or orange based on how they were evaluated in the matching program assessment. The personality within each color is called their “canine-ality” and describes the dog’s manners, need for interaction, independence, and activity level at the time of evaluation.
We encourage you to consider dogs that match your color because it will provide for an easier transition into your home and most closely fulfill your expectations of a new pet.
Please remember that you will need to meet with an adoption counselor when you visit the adoption center. There will be additional matching topics and SPCA adoption guidelines to be discussed to process an adoption application. There are 3 personalities within each of the 3 colors, for a total of 9 canine-alities.

Couch Potato
Like the easy life? Then I’m the perfect match for you. I’m a relaxed, laid back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back.

Teacher's Pet
I’ve got the whole package—smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn, and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever.

Constant Companion
Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blossom.

Busy Bee
I’m a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. I’m a dog on a mission to please you and myself.

I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and a bunch of tennis balls.

Want to get more exercise? Action is my middle name. My “Let’s GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy, and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day.

Life of the Party

I think everything is fun, interesting, and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed.

Free Spirit

Intelligent, independent, confident, and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after.