Dog breeders are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, dog breeders rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 10% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy dog breeders are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Equestrian
4.1
$22k
Zoologist
4.1
$65k
Animal breeder
4.0
$40k
Beekeeper
3.9
$29k
Dog trainer
3.9
$26k
Rancher
3.9
$26k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are dog breeders happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do dog breeders find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as dog breeders?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are dog breeder’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are dog breeders making the best use of their abilities?

Are dog breeders happy with their salary?

Dog breeders rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.2/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most dog breeders having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked dog breeders how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

43 dog breeders

5 Star
21%

21% of dog breeders rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of dog breeders rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of dog breeders rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of dog breeders rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of dog breeders rated their compensation 1 stars

Do dog breeders find their jobs meaningful?

On average, dog breeders rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.9/5. Unlike many careers, dog breeders have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become dog breeders.

We asked dog breeders how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

45 dog breeders

5 Star
40%

40% of dog breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of dog breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of dog breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of dog breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of dog breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as dog breeders?

Dog breeders rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of dog breeders find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked dog breeders how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

45 dog breeders

5 Star
51%

51% of dog breeders rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of dog breeders rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
16%

16% of dog breeders rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of dog breeders rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of dog breeders rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a dog breeder’s work environment?

As a whole, dog breeders rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.2/5. A solid majority of dog breeders enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a dog breeder.

We asked dog breeders how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

45 dog breeders

5 Star
60%

60% of dog breeders rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of dog breeders rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
13%

13% of dog breeders rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of dog breeders rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of dog breeders rated their work environment 1 stars

Are dog breeders making the best use of their abilities?

Former dog breeders on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.6/5. Most dog breeders surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a dog breeder, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked dog breeders how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

45 dog breeders

5 Star
36%

36% of dog breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of dog breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of dog breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of dog breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of dog breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars