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Oddly, via tor.com:

An animal shelter sorts dogs into Hogwarts houses, thus getting would-be adopters to focus on their personalities and increasing adoptions.

One of the biggest problems with dog adoptions is that people tend to focus on the breed of the dog, rather than the personality of the individual animal. Deciding to tackle this problem head-on, the awesome folks at Pet Alliance in Orlando, Florida had a genius idea—sort them into the Hogwarts Houses from Harry Potter….Here are the the key House traits, as the shelter defines them:

Gryffindor — brave and heroic
Hufflepuff — kind and loyal
Slytherin — determined and resourceful
Ravenclaw — intelligent and witty

According to Pet Alliance, the most common House so far is Hufflepuff, with a fair number of Gryffindors and Slytherins. It’s a bit harder to find Ravenclaw dogs, it would seem.

For intelligence and wit, I would suggest looking at the poodles and poodle mixes. Hardly any breeds are more widely regarded as having a definite sense of humor than poodles. Also I would imagine some terriers would fall into Ravenclaw — those that don’t fall into Slytherin. Possibly some of the pinscher/schnauzer bunch would be Ravenclaw. I have a friend with Standard Schnauzers and I believe she would argue vehemently for their wit.

Cavaliers, of course, are Hufflepuff. No doubt about that. Though I would say “loving” instead of “loyal” — and I would argue that loyalty is a double-edged blade for dogs. The motto of most Cavaliers is: If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with. This is much easier on both dog and people than the sort of one-person commitment conjured up by the word “loyalty.” We’ve all heard of dogs who starved themselves to death when their owner passed away. That’s not what most of us would want for our dogs, no matter how nice “loyal” sounds.

Cavaliers: sweet and loving Hufflepuffers.

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2 Comments This is delightful

  1. Karen K

    That is interesting. I would sort my three dogs into everything except Hufflepuff. My Lab-GSP cross has a better developed sense of humor than many humans. It is a bit juvenile, but it is very much there. He is ridiculously intelligent and likes to be the center of attention. Laughter or annoyance are both fine with him. My Weimaraner-Rottweiler cross is afraid of nothing, except my wrath, and nicknamed “The Hero” so he is obviously Gryffindor. My third is a Cathoula-Border Collie mix and falls into Slytherin. Very very determined.

  2. Rachel

    Interesting, Karen! I did the little quiz thinking of my Ish — whose picture is on this post — and it said Ravenclaw, but that’s just because he’s quite well trained and has his Rally Excellent title. By NATURE, he is clearly a Hufflepuff!

    A Catahoula / Border Collie! I bet that dog is TOTALLY determined and very intelligent. Probably quite a handful when a puppy and probably quite able to get into trouble still as an adult.

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