Interpreting the Scores
1's - A puppy that consistently scores a 1 in the temperment section of the test is an
extremely dominant, aggressive puppy who can easily be provoked to bite. His
dominant nature will attempt to resist human leadership, thus requiring only the most
experienced of handlers. This puppy is a poor choice for most individuals and will
do best in a working situation as a guard or police dog.
2's - This pup is dominant and self-assured. He can be provoked to bite; however he
readily accepts human leadership that is firm, consistent and knowledgeable. This is
not a dog for a tentative, indecisive individual. In the right hands, he has the
potential to become a fine working or show dog and could fit into an adult household,
provided the owners know what they are doing.
3's - This pup is outgoing and friendly and will adjust well in situations in which he
recieves regular training and exercise. He has a flexible temperment that adapts well to
different types of environment, provided he is handled correctly. May be too much
dog for a family with small children or an elderly couple who are sedentary.
4's - A pup that scores a majority of 4's is an easily controlled, adaptable puppy whose
submissive nature will make him continually look to his master for leadership. This
pup is easy to train, reliable with kids, and, though he lacks self-confidence, makes a
high-quality family pet. He is usually less outgoing than a pup scoring in the 3's,
but his demeanor is gentle and affectionate.
5's - This is a pup who is extremely submissive and lacking in self-confidence. He
bonds very closely with his owner and requires regular companionship and encouragement to
bring him out of himself. If handled incorrectly, this pup will grow up very shy and
fearful. For this reason, he will do his best in a preditable, structured lifestyle
with owners who are patient and not overly demanding, such as an elderly couple.
6's - A puppy that scores 6 consistently is independent and uninterested in people.
He will mature into a dog who is not demonstrably affectionate and who has a low need for
human companionship. In general, it is rare to see properly socialized pups test
this way; however there are several breeds that have been bred for specific tasks (such as
basenjis, hounds, and some northern breeds) which can exhibit this level of
independence. To perform as intended, these dogs require the singularity of purpose
that is not compromised by strong attachments to their owner.