In the popular book The 5 Love Languages, marriage counselor Gary Chapman argues that everyone has a love language; it’s the way in which you communicate love. But you knew this already. You’ve taken the quiz to figure out your love language (words of affirmation). And your partner did it, too. (Quality time. Duly noted.)
But did you know your dog has a love language? Yep, according to Dr. Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, veterinary genetics research manager at canine genetics company Wisdom Health, different core breed groups show affection in different ways—aka their love language. “Breeds were created to have different behavioral traits and to serve various roles. Therefore, each breed group can have innately unique ways of showing their love and affection,” Hughes says.
While you can totally take a DNA test to figure out what your dog’s love language is likely to be based on breed (although, read this first), you can also just observe your dog IRL. Here are the five doggie love languages and what to look for.