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   This is a short test that I give to puppies to evaluate temperament and trainability. You may copy this test for personal use.

Test 1: Personality type (observed in group)

A- Aggressive toward others, steals toys, walks stiffly, bully.

B- Puts up good fight with type A littermate, plays pretty good with others, will submit with lots of pressure from type A littermate.

C- Plays well with all littermates, submits to type A & B littermates but recovers quickly.

D- Plays alone, submits to all other littermates, may urinate, moves away from littermates after showing submission, quits playing.


Puppy 1_____ Puppy 2_____ Puppy 3______ Puppy 4______

Puppy 5_____ Puppy 6_____

Test 2: Startle and Recovery (test in group while pups are playing)

You can drop a heavy book on the floor, hit 2 pieces of wood together, drop a metal pan etc.

A- Does not acknowledge the noise.

B- Startles slightly then comes to investigate noise.

C- Startles may move away but comes back and continues to play quickly.

D- Startles, moves away, hides, afraid to continue play.


Puppy 1_____ Puppy 2_____ Puppy 3_____ Puppy 4_____

Puppy 5_____ Pupppy 6_____

Test 3: Following (test individual pup in a new area.)

A- Leaves you, ignores you, entertains self.

B- Follows you, leaves occasionally to investigate but returns to you.

C- Follows you constantly.

D- Freezes in place, tries to hide, runs away, afraid of new area.


Puppy 1_____ Puppy 2_____ Puppy 3_____ Puppy 4_____

Puppy 5_____ Pupppy 6_____

Test 4: Submission (place pup on his back either cradled in your arms or on the floor).

A- Fights constantly, does not quit, may try to bite, barks, screams.

B- Fights hard, quits but does not relax then continues to struggle, may whine.

C- Fights briefly then quits and relaxes, does not whine.

D- Goes limp immediately with no struggle, may whine or scream, turns head away, may urinate.


Puppy 1_____ Puppy 2_____ Puppy 3_____ Puppy 4_____

Puppy 5_____ Pupppy 6_____

Test 5: Retrieve (shows willingness to work with you).

Use a soft toy, rope tug or crumpled piece of paper, toss a short distance away, make sure pup sees where it goes.

A- May not acknowledge toy. Grabs toy and runs off with it, drops toy to investigate other things.

B- Goes to toy, may not pick it up. Picks up toy and plays keep away.

C- Runs to toy and picks it up, plays with it for a moment then returns to you with toy.

D- Ignores toy, tries to leave area, will not leave you to go to the toy.


Puppy 1_____ Puppy 2_____ Puppy 3_____ Puppy 4_____

Puppy 5_____ Pupppy 6_____

Test results:

Puppy......Test 1....Test 2....Test 3....Test 4....Test 5







 A puppy showing mostly Aís is very dominant. In the wrong hands this pup could easily become aggressive so should not go to an inexperienced person or a home with young children. This type of dog would do well in a working environment. Obedience training and socialization are of utmost importance!

A puppy showing mostly Bís has self confidence and is a bit hard headed. This type of pup makes a good competition/working dog although he can be a bit much for the beginning trainer. This type of pup may be a little strong willed for a household with young children.

A puppy showing mostly Cís has self confidence yet yields to people easily. This pup is a good prospect for families with young children. This pup makes a good competition dog for most people as she is very willing to participate and takes well to training.

A puppy showing mostly Dís is very timid and lacks confidence. This type of pup will need extra socialization and obedience training to build confidence. A home that is active or noisy will probably upset this type of dog. Type D pups do not make good competition dogs as they tend to freeze up in new environments (there are many out there that are in competition but it takes a very patient trainer to help the dog overcome its fears enough to compete).
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