Dog Breed Matchup: Encanto
In which I match each Madrigal, personality-wise, to a dog breed.
Most of these were hard, and I’m not entirely convinced on Antonio, Dolores, or Bruno. I mostly stuck with AKC register, as that’s what I’m used to.
Abuela: Anatolian shepherd. Not the flashiest breed, but they don’t need to be to command respect and dignity. Anatolian shepherds are serious dogs developed for guarding livestock. They are independent, watchful, and capable of guarding their herd through brutal temperatures. They should not be aggressive but are not a dog you’d choose to romp or play with, and are not recommended for novices. They are descended from one of the most ancient lineages of dogs, and they bring all that implies with them.
Julieta: English shepherd. English shepherds are calm, smart, solid country dogs that work reliably and efficiently. They’re polite but reserved around strangers, and quiet provided they can put their talents to use. If you let them do their job they’re content to curl up at the end of the day. Staying out of the spotlight has helped preserve this breed’s stellar health and temperament.
Agustín: Golden retriever. Goldens are the go-to image of a gentle, biddable, dorkily happy dog that gets along with everyone and everything. Goldens are excellent choices for service dogs and deserve their popularity and reputation, and they don’t mind being made the joke every now and then.
Isabela: Pharoah hound. Swift, graceful, and elegant, Pharoah hounds originated with the Phoenicians, who no doubt saw Egyptian royalty and gods in their image. But they really made their name in Malta, where they became a dog of the people. They were very beloved, and very good at what they did, coursing rabbits in the brutal conditions of the desert. You can expect many things of them as sighthounds, but unusually for this group, Pharoahs are rather inquisitive and like to be involved when they deem a situation is safe. They’re also a lot more vocal than other sighthounds. Their popularity made them the national dog of Malta.
Luisa: Greater Swiss Mountain dog. Big-boned, powerful, and dependable, they thrive not on hard exercise, but steady, vigorous work. Swissers are capable of immense physical labor as well as protection duties. They were especially famous for pulling carts. Swissers are great with family and usually friendly with strangers, but can be reserved around them. They’re vigilant and watchful after so many years of guarding the farm. Like many dogs of their size, they’re especially exuberant as puppies.
Mirabel: Soft-coated wheaten terrier. The name might surprise--wheatens are just about the gentlest, mellowest, most affectionate terriers ever added to the AKC. They’re bright, happy, adventurous, and one of the better terrier choices for considerate children. But they’re still terriers and occasionally they’ll make you remember that, usually through stubbornness. Wheatens are VERY family-oriented and are well rounded from taking on triple purposes as herding and livestock guardian dogs. This has made them beloved among their homeland; after all, what more valuable dog to a farm than a dog that can do multiple things?
Pepa: Saluki. Salukis are independent, sensitive dogs, intensely devoted to family but aloof to the outside. They make gentle companions, in families that suit them. Salukis are true sighthounds and make a terror out of any household that isn’t prepared to handle that. They won’t stand to be treated harshly and are easily stressed by turmoil. You can’t bargain with them or force them to follow your lead. They have existed for thousands of years, and they were made to hunt hare and gazelle across a harsh and unforgiving desert.
Félix: Miniature bull terrier. High-energy, adaptable, lively, mischievous, entertaining, and playful have all been used to describe this larger-than-life breed. They love the spotlight but very much think for themselves, and they’re tough. Humor and activity are vital in living with these dogs.
Dolores: Whippet. Whippets are a delight to a fastidious home; they’re mannered, quiet, polite, and clean. When their heritage kicks in, they run and run. Whippets are the fastest dogs of their size, which comes with physical issues. They’re slight things that can’t partake in rambunctious, rough-and-tumble kind of play. What they need is a calm home, the privilege of comfy furniture, and the opportunity to prove how agile, tireless, and zany they are when they show off their gift. They can make good watchdogs too.
Camilo: Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. They look like wire-coated basset hounds, but looks can deceive. Vendéens are lively, sociable, tough dogs that carry themselves proudly and are always looking for something to do. As pack hunters, they get along well with other dogs and people. Vendéens easily get up to their own ideas and need someone who knows when to appreciate their humor and when to be firm. Everything about them was shaped to navigate difficult terrain, especially their coats.
Antonio: Bernese Mountain dog. Gentle, calm, and peaceful with other animals, Bernese often bond very closely with one person in the family. Care should be taken early to make sure these dogs do not become shy or timid. A Bernese is smart and steady at its core and a reliable, loving family dog.
Bruno: Vizsla. Vizslas are thin dogs, almost wiry. As a sporting breed they were developed by high society. Vizslas are smart, affectionate, active, and friendly, all par for the course. But unlike a lot of sporting dogs, they don’t do everything you tell them to do, simply because you tell them to. They’re more likely to think for themselves. They’re still devoted to their owners, to the point where they can get...weird, if they’re separated too long. They’re called Velcro Vizslas for a reason!