Meet Your Match® Canine-ality™
Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue Inc. is excited introduce the Meet Your Match® Canine-ality™, an adoption program owned by the ASPCA and created by Animal Behaviourist Dr. Emily Weiss, Ph.D.

What Is Canine-ality™?
As a foster-run shelter, one of our main goals is to find forever homes for our dogs and by incorporating Meet Your Match® with Canine-ality™, we can make the adoption process even simpler for our adopters! Canine-ality™ is a colour-coding matching system that helps you find the perfect dog for your home. This way, you know you’re making the perfect choice and can give one of our dogs a friendly home environment. Meet Your Match® can help the difficult task of finding a perfect dog easier!

How do we know that Meet Your Match® works?
To date, shelters using this program have reported happier homes with less return rates, more adoptions, and better customer service. More lives are being saved because the science-based program helps people make a more educated decision when adopting their new family member.

How Does Canine-ality™ work?
Using the Canine-ality™ assessment, trained counselors give all of our dogs a colour (purple, orange, or green). When choosing a dog, adopters have the option to complete the Dog Adopter survey – a simple multiple-choice questionnaire – that asks about the adopter’s lifestyles and what kind of dog they anticipate taking into their home.

Once the survey is completed, adopters are also given one of three colours and are recommended to (but not limited to!) choose a dog with the same colour. These “colours” are based on your lifestyle assessment and the dog’s behavioural assessment and dogs that match your colour are your closest matches! What this means is that, for example, if you’re looking for a playful dog that is great with children, you are less likely to choose a shy dog that is more likely to enjoy affection from only one person in the household.

Meet Your Match® aspires to improve adoption rates by revealing your and the potential dog’s true colours. By letting your colours shine, you can find the perfect dog for your home faster and easier!

What colour is my dog?
Curious to find out your Canine-ality™ colour? Complete the Meet Your Match® Canine-ality™ survey online to find out. The super quick Meet Your Match® multiple-choice survey consists of 15 multiple-choice questions and will help you determine what colour your dog is and, in turn, what kind of dog he or she is!

Meet the Caine-alities

Couch Potato
Like the easy life? Then I’m the perfect match for you. I’m a relaxed, laid-back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back. (Internally motivated)

Constant Companion
Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I'll be your devoted companion forever.
(Socially motivated)

Teacher's Pet
I’ve got the whole package — smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever. (Externally motivated)

Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I'll blossom.
(Internally motivated)

Busy Bee
I’m a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings.
(Externally motivated)

I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and some time to spend with me. I’m a dog on a mission to please you. (Socially motivated)

Life of the Party
I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed. (Socially motivated)

Go Getter
Want to get more exercise? Action is my middle name. My “Let’s GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy; and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day. (Externally motivated)

Free Spirit
Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after. (Internally motivated)


Meet the Puppy-alities

Day Dreamer
Easy-going, relaxed pup seeks laid-back human for mutually low stress relationship. Must see the bowl as half-full, enjoy leisurely games of fetch followed by a quick snack and two-hour nap, and be willing to explore the joys of relaxing together. (Internally motivated) . (Internally motivated)

It's the first day of school and, boy oh boy, am I nervous! I'm not sure where to sit, when we eat or even where the bathroom is. All I need is a person I can trust to show me the ropes. Will you be my mentor and show me around? (Socially motivated)

The Detective
It's elementary, my dear assistant — let's unravel the mysteries of the world together. I simply use my trusty nose and my natural taste for details. You simply offer any leads you might have. Together we'll solve every mystery that comes our way. (Externally motivated)

Bashful Tourist
So this is my first time on my own and, jeez, did you know the world is a really big and kind of scary place (especially when you don't speak the language)? With the right translator, I know I can learn my way around. Until I get familiar with the place, let me stay right by your side — or maybe just a little behind you. (Internally motivated)

Class Clown
Class clown seeks good-humored soul mate ready to let the good times roll. My playful jokes, love of all things chewable and slapstick comedy will keep you and your friends doubled over laughing for hours. When I hog the spotlight, just let me know the joke's over and I'll settle down. (Socially motivated)

The Rookie
Young self-starter looking for an inspirational coach to take us to the top. I've got the whole package — brains, good looks, and loads of raw talent — and I'm ready to use them. Teach me, praise me and I guarantee I'll make you proud at home, on walks, or competing in the field. (Externally motivated)

King of the Mountain
I'm self-educated with a splash of ambition. As canine royalty, I like to set the rules. Explain a better way though, and I'll give you due consideration. I'm really looking to share my throne with a hard working, confident, and full-of-pep human. (Internally motivated)

Super Hero
I'm an all-purpose pup ready to commit 110 percent. When there's a crumb dropped, I'll be there to pick it up for you. When there's a hole that needs to be dug, I'll be there with all four feet. When someone needs a buddy to run miles with, I'll be there with leash in tow. Commit 110 percent to me, and I'll be yours forever. (Socially motivated)

Thrill Seeker
WOO-HOO! Have you tried this ride called LIFE yet? It's got all these great twists, turns and so many neat things to play with like balls, fleece toys, rawhides, socks, pant legs, fingers — and so many neat people to meet — you, your friends, your friends' friends. Jump on board and we'll have a blast together! (Externally motivated)