DogTime: It’s like eHarmony for you and your pup


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House_DogWalkerChoosing a dog can be as haphazard as heading over to a local shelter and choosing the one that simply catches your eye. But it might be a good idea to consider making the decision based on which particular breed best matches you and your lifestyle.

But you don’t have to time to read up on every single breed to make that determination, do you?

Meet DogTime, the website that will help you choose the dog of your dreams. DogTime teams’ “ collective experience includes years of raising dogs and cats, writing about them and rescuing them, training them, falling in love with them and having our hearts broken by them.”

“There are thousands of wonderful dogs sitting in shelters across the country waiting for the right person, and our new Dog Breed Match-Up feature greatly increases the chances of them finding one another,” said DogTime Media CEO Simon Tonner. “By asking the right questions, we’re able to find a better match and reduce the number of adopted dogs that are returned to shelters.”

The site’s quiz asks 21 questions — ranging from lifestyle and activity level to patience and work schedule — to make the determination, including:

  • What size dog are you considering?
  • Are you looking for your dog to be a jogging companion?
  • How do you react when another driver cuts you off while you’re on the highway?
  • What kind of amusement park ride best describes the energy in your home?
  • How much does fur bother you?


After taking the survey, the site determined these five breeds would fit my lifestyle best. Mine were:

  • Cocker spaniel
  • English cocker spaniel
  • Sussex spaniel
  • Welsh springer spaniel
  • Dachshund


Recommended breeds appear with an explanation why. For instance, the site thinks a dachshund would be appropriate for me because: “Dachshunds are scent hound dog breeds who were bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits and foxes. Packs of dachshunds were even used to trail wild boar. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs and small-game hunters.”

In addition, the results show 20 other breeds that would fit in my home, including a Brussels griffon, Boston terrier, maltipoo and puggle. The page also offers “key features you should look for in a dog” and a space to enter my ZIP code so I can find adoptable dogs in my area, with videos, photos and descriptions. Users are linked with dogs that match the recommendations and are currently in shelters near their home.

I put in my ZIP, and the site came up with 62 matches, including a cocker spaniel named Cyndi Lauper and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel/poodle mix named Jessie Cavapoo Piratess of the Caribbean.

Other features of the site include Ask the Experts, Pet Product Reviews and Dog Rescue Stories.