About Meet Your Match®

Canine-ality™ 101

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What Is Canine-ality™?

Knowing a bit about a dog before bringing him home can really help the romance last. How do we know this? The Meet Your Match (MYM) Canine-ality Adoption Program (MYM), our new color coding method for matching shelter dogs, ages six months and older, with adopters, is making it possible for you to know a little about a dog's behavior before deciding to make him a part of your family. Finding the perfect pooch is a serious undertaking. That's why we developed the MYM program—to help match the colors of your personality to your new friend's canine-ality.

Shelters using MYM are reporting reduced return rates, better customer service and increased adoptions. This tells us that our science-based program is helping people to make good adoption choices. That means lives are being saved!

How Does Canine-ality work?

Every dog has a colorful canine-ality. Every person has a colorful person-ality. The Canine-ality Adoption Program reveals both a dog's and an adopter's true colors so that you can make a more informed choice about the pooch you bring home. Here's how:

  • The Canine-ality Assessment
  • The Dog Adopter Survey

The Canine-ality Assessment: This assessment takes some of the mystery out of the selection process by evaluating a pooch's:

  • Friendliness and sociability
  • Playfulness
  • Energy level and ability to focus
  • Motivation (food, people, toys, internal motivations, etc.)
  • "People manners"

Once they've been assessed, dogs are given a color—either green, orange or purple—that reveals where they stand in each of these areas.

The Dog Adopter Survey: Here's where you come in. You can complete this fun one-pager in a matter of minutes to help find out which canine-alities get along best with your personality. The survey is lighthearted and upbeat, and after taking it, you'll find out what color you are.

  • Green adopters are most successful with pooches who like to be physically and mentally engaged.
  • Orange adopters are a good fit with middle-of-the-road dogs who are responsive and enjoy regular activity and interaction.
  • Purple adopters are comfortable with canines who have a laidback attitude and prefer an easygoing lifestyle.

Now you're off—with a color-coded guest pass in hand—to find your new companion. As you pass each furry face, you'll notice the dogs have color cards on their cages. You don't have to choose a pooch whose color matches yours—love at first sight does happen. But knowing the color lets you at least prepare for the way your four-legged love will respond when he gets home.

Meet the Canine-alities

Who says it's not easy being green? Do you blend best with orange types? Maybe you've got a case of the purples.

The way a pooch scores on the Canine-ality Assessment places her in one of three color-coded categories (just like you!), each representing her level of persistence in going after something she wants.

There's every combination of love out there, so go for it. Who knows, maybe your forever pooch will help express a new shade of you!

Canine-ality chart