The Beaver Personality

Portrait of a Beaver Personality

Scientific Name

Castor canadensis

Collective Term

A business of beavers

Beavers are the workaholics of the animal world. No animal personality places more emphasis, nor derives more self-esteem than beavers do from their careers. They can be found at all levels of the working world, though they perform best in unsupervised positions that require serious responsibility. This makes them ideal for roles as a ship's captain, naval officer, judge, accountant or bank manager. As a handyperson they have no equal: If asked to fix a chair, they'll build one from scratch.

It is arguable, however, whether the beaver's complex home-building skills require intelligence or simply instinct, much as a bird builds a nest. Today it is generally believed that the beaver's intelligence is overrated: though they will purposely fell trees to build dams, they are often killed by their poor lumberjacking skills.

While others are playing, beavers are usually hard at work. They are well prepared for any eventuality and their homes are well stocked with spare water, emergency radios and survival kits. Even the beaver is not sure why it spends such energy in securing its home, but it instinctively feels more comfortable when it does.

Beaver personalities come in all shapes and sizes. Generally in good physical condition, they find time to keep fit even with their busy work schedules. Their conscientious attitudes makes them dependable as friends and a commitment from a beaver is like money in the bank.

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Famous Beaver Personalities

Jimmy Carter

No matter what you think of his politics, no modern U.S. President worked more hours than Jimmy "The Beaver" Carter.

Alexander Graham Bell

Inventing a device that changes the world is no mean feat, and takes the dedication and drive that only a beaver has. Bell's telephone is still the mainstay of modern society.

Careers & Hobbies

  • Engineer

  • Naval Officer

  • Manager

  • Judge

  • Gardening

  • Woodworking

  • Collecting

  • Sewing

Best Mates for a Beaver

All animal personalities relate to each other differently - some better than others! Here are the three best matches for a Beaver.


Sensitive souls


Dedicated to each other


Beavers have a soft spot for moles


Similar water backgrounds


You're both very tolerant


Feathers will fly


Aquatic roommates


You wash my back . . .



Animal Matchmaker

Choose any two animal personalities from the lists below and see how they match up.