Which Dog Breeds Are More Human-like? (Most Upvoted)

Most upvoted human like dog breeds

Have you ever heard the saying “dogs look like their owners”? I find this to be true in many cases. Not only do dogs often resemble their owners physically, but they also share similar personalities. For example, my dog had a personality similar to my dad’s: confident, a bit skeptical, and always sticking close to my mom.

My dog also had other human-like traits:

He liked the music from the 80s, chilling with my brothers, and being part of the jamming music sessions. He used to seek me out for cozy cuddles and back scratches. But, not too many cuddles, because he valued his independence.

He didn’t like many dogs, only a few (perhaps because he considered himself superior). However, he liked the company of humans. He often spent time with my brothers’ friends and had a crush on a few of my girlfriends, but mostly he was fond of mom (who was also his mom).

He was very human-like.

Have you ever looked at your dog and wondered if they were human in a past life?

I spent hours researching human-like dog breeds on various forums and compiled a list based on the most upvoted suggestions. Here is my selection:

1. Livestock Guardian Dog: The Protector

This category includes Anatolian Shepherds, Great Pyrenees, Mastiffs, etc.

They are smart, independent, and trustworthy because, for millions of years, they were reliable around livestock without supervision. Their priorities are generally aligned with what their humans want.

They are loyal and protective of their families. Always attentive to potential danger.

They give roommate vibes more than pet vibes.

Anatolian Shepherd
Anatolian Shepherd was the most upvoted human-like dog breed on Reddit.

2. Standard Poodle: The Toddler in a Dog Suit

Poddles are highly intelligent, energetic, and social. They require regular physical activity and mental stimulation.

They are easy to train, eager to please, and playful without being destructive.

Standard poodles typically have secure attachments to humans, but smaller variations might be more prone to separation anxiety.

Standard Poodle
This is Perla, a 6-month-old standard poodle.

3. Border Collie: Einstein in Fur

Border collies are known as the smartest dogs (human-like smart, or smarter in many cases). They are considered the leading sheep-herding breed in the world because of their speed, agility, problem-solving skills, and drive.

They are sensitive, energetic, loyal, and develop a deep connection with their owners.

On the other hand, if they don’t get enough physical and mental activity, they can easily get bored and become destructive.

Border Collie
This is Zoe– a 3-year-old Border Collie, and my walking partner in the winter of 2023.

4. Australian Shepherd: The Butt Wiggler

Aussies are known for being smart, energetic, and easy to train dogs for work and sports. They excel in obedience training, agility, and herding trials, among others. They enjoy engaging in physical activities such as running or playing fetch.

Similarly to Border Collies, Aussies also develop a strong emotional bond with their humans. I learned that many people have long conversations with their Australian Shepherds, and they feel that their pets understand them. Despite not being able to speak, Aussies patiently listen and look at their owners while they talk. It’s no wonder they are considered as the best human substitute by many.

Fun fact: Did you know that Australians are known for wiggling their whole rear when they are happy? The happier they are, the more they wiggle their butts.

Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherd

5. Siberian Husky: The Stubborn Guy

Huskies are friendly dogs and enjoy the company of people and other dogs, but they also value their independence. They prefer to be seen as companions, rather than just pets.

They have high levels of energy and require a lot of exercise. That’s why they are good at endurance activities such as running, hiking, and pulling sleds, among others. They are also your best buddies for outdoor winter activities.

When it comes to training, they can be quite stubborn and may refuse to follow instructions. You may need to persuade, negotiate, or incentivize them to cooperate, or else they won’t listen to you.

Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky owners say “They are vocal cords away from speaking fluent English”.

6. Golden Retriever: The Fluffiest Therapist

Goldens are your best emotional support buddies. They can sense their owners’ feelings and stay with them to offer comfort.

Golden Retrievers are intelligent, friendly, and gentle, making them ideal for families with children and other pets.

They can also be trained as working dogs to perform jobs as search and rescue, drug and bomb detection, and therapy and service dogs.

They have moderate to high levels of energy and require regular physical activities and mental stimulation.

Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are the 3rd most popular breed in the USA in 2024.

7. German Shepherd: The Loyal Companion

German Shepherds (GSD) are intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and protective dogs. They are great at understanding and following cues from their owners. They make wonderful family pets, but they require a lot of attention and care. Owning a GSD can be like having a 6-year-old child, as they need constant supervision and guidance.

These dogs can also be trained for various working roles, such as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and therapy dogs.

They need high levels of physical activity and mental stimulation to prevent behavioral issues. Sadly, many first-time GSD owners are not aware of the amount of care and attention these dogs require, and thus end up surrendering them to shelters. This is why GSDs are the 3rd most popular breed available for adoption in the USA.

German Shepherd
German Shepherds are in the top 5 popular dog breeds in the USA in 2024.

Final Thoughts on Human-Like Dog Breeds

I’m sure the list can go on… you can probably find human traits in every dog (maybe because they have been by our side for so many years).

Having a human-like dog can bring companionship and the joy of forming a firm bond with your furry buddy. But, be aware that they might require tons of mental and physical stimulation. Otherwise, you will have a misbehavied and frustrated dog.


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Katherine Ortega

Blogger and pet lover. I've been around dogs my whole life and have experience caring for all types, sizes and ages of pups. Senior dogs hold a special place in my heart 💗

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