1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

If turtles and tortoises were dogs, what kind of dogs would they be?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chit Chat' started by Pastel Tortie, Jun 21, 2019.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. Pastel Tortie

    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    8,561
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    North Florida
    This is for fun, but it may also help (as a comparison) when prospective turtle or tortoise keepers ask what type of tortoise they should get. Many people are more familiar with dog breeds than turtle and tortoise species and subspecies.

    Let's try to factor in size, activity level, housing and maintenance requirements, and breed quirks or typical personality traits. Feel free to make multiple suggestions for what dogs and turtles/tortoises might match up. I realize some of these answers may be intuitive, but if you can articulate the thought process, we would like to know why. :)
  2. Pastel Tortie

    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    8,561
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    North Florida
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    I bet @Tom and several others could have a lot of fun with this one...

    If a sulcata were a dog, what kind of dog would it be?
  3. Toddrickfl1

    Toddrickfl1 Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2018
    Messages:
    3,318
    Likes Received:
    6,098
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Ga
    Id have to say your little Mud turtles are the Chihuahuas of the turtle world.
    Pastel Tortie likes this.
  4. Pastel Tortie

    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    8,561
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    North Florida
    I was thinking about that... They would definitely be a toy breed! :D
  5. method89

    method89 Active Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    May 15, 2019
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    198
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location (City and/or State):
    Malverne, NY
    Tortoises are the bulldogs of the reptile world.
    wellington and Pastel Tortie like this.
  6. Toddrickfl1

    Toddrickfl1 Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2018
    Messages:
    3,318
    Likes Received:
    6,098
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Ga
    I was thinking this too lol
    Pastel Tortie likes this.
  7. Blackdog1714

    Blackdog1714 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2018
    Messages:
    908
    Likes Received:
    1,484
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Richmond, VA
    Nope my Russian acts so similar to my Chow Chow. Short Burt’s of speed, long sleeps, and a live for food
    Pastel Tortie likes this.
  8. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    37,363
    Likes Received:
    13,671
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Bull dog or Bull Mastiff for all the giant ones including the leopards.
    Russians would be a Bull Terrier
    Pastel Tortie and Sleppo like this.
  9. method89

    method89 Active Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    May 15, 2019
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    198
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location (City and/or State):
    Malverne, NY
    Dog... Short and stubborn

    Attached Files:

    Pastel Tortie likes this.
  10. Pastel Tortie

    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    8,561
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    North Florida
  11. Pastel Tortie

    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2018
    Messages:
    2,301
    Likes Received:
    8,561
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    North Florida
    Need some turtle people to share their thoughts too... If turtles and tortoises were dogs (breeds), what kind of dogs would they be?

    Would a North American wood turtle be a Labrador retriever?

    What about a red-eared slider?

    I have read of Reeves turtles being "the Golden Retrievers of the aquatic turtle set". Is that pretty accurate? Are there any other dog breeds that would match up better?

    Would a stinkpot / common musk turtle be a small terrier?

    @cdmay @mark1 @Markw84 @Yvonne G
  12. Christyk

    Christyk Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2019
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    88
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location (City and/or State):
    Village Mills Texas
    I think a three toed box turtle would be a terrier. Busy, sociable, will eat anything, not very picky and super sweet.
    Pastel Tortie likes this.
  13. mark1

    mark1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2015
    Messages:
    968
    Likes Received:
    1,265
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    ohio
    wood turtles are very aware with a pretty good memory , some are pretty friendly , and seem to have decent learning ability , i'd guess a service dog would be appropriate …… softshells and snapping turtles would be mals or DS , maybe American bulldogs …….
    Pastel Tortie likes this.
  14. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Messages:
    19,524
    Likes Received:
    34,767
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
    A Jack Russel
    Lots of energy.
    Curious.
    Acrobatic.
    Pastel Tortie likes this.
  15. Bee62

    Bee62 Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2016
    Messages:
    11,659
    Likes Received:
    44,836
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Germany, Hardegsen
    Sulcata tortoises are like .....
    that dog:
    [​IMG]

    Massive, heavy and strong body. Power and strength. Always hungry. :eek::D
    When there is now way... they will make their own way.:eek::D
    Frightening for those who don`t know them. :eek::D
    Gentle giants when they love you !:)
    Pastel Tortie likes this.
Similar Threads: turtles tortoises
Forum Title Date
Off Topic Chit Chat How Did You Get Into Tortoises/Turtles? Oct 29, 2009
Off Topic Chit Chat What are the names of your turtles and tortoises Aug 26, 2007
Off Topic Chit Chat What If There Were No More Turtles? Sep 25, 2019
Off Topic Chit Chat Colorful turtles Sep 12, 2019
Off Topic Chit Chat An Innovative Underpass Keeps Turtles Off The Highway. It's Saved Dozens From Becoming Roadkill. Jul 10, 2019

Share This Page