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The Beaver Personality

Portrait of a Beaver Personality

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.

Beaver Personalities are Impeccably Organized

Organized and structured, their determined attitudes spill over into all aspects of their busy lives and they plan for the future almost unconsciously. Decisions made regarding their relationships, careers and families are methodically and practically prepared, and they are most comfortable at work or ensconced in their fastidiously decorated homes. In their spare time, beavers love to busy themselves around the house or tend their precisely manicured lawns.

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 and they are often killed by their poor lumberjacking skills.

The Workaholics of the Animal Kingdom

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.

The Wild Beaver

The beaver is second in size to the South American capybara as the world's largest rodent. Famous for their engineering talents, beavers are able to create advanced damming systems and intricate lodges. It is arguable, however, whether the beaver's complex home-building skills require intelligence or is simply instinct, much as a bird builds a nest. Today, it is generally believed that the beaver's intelligence is overrated. Contrary to the notion that they purposely fell trees to fall into the water, they are not infrequently killed by having these trees fall on them.

Beavers live in colonies and mate for life. They are preyed on by all carnivores of their own weight or more, and away from the Protection of their lodge, they are relatively defenseless. Today, the beaver receives protection from human hunting, although some beaver Populations have been so successful that control has become necessary.

Careers & Hobbies


Naval Officer







Love & Friendship

The beaver is an eager lover and its relationships seem to survive the most difficult challenges. Once a beaver has made a commitment to its partner, it will move water and earth to uphold its promise.

Beavers are passionate but hardly imaginative in their lovemaking, for their partners' approval is too important to gamble with risky play. This makes the beaver unique amongst the water mammals who are always willing to get their feet wet. But, even with their conservative libidos, beavers are still attracted to casual relationships with the free-spirited aquatic dolphins, sea lions, walruses, and otters.

If the beaver's partner is looking for someone to rock its world, he or she should keep looking. But if they're looking for a supportive, committed partner who will remain monogamous -- they've come to the right place. However, since the beaver's idea of support is financial rather than emotional, it's not uncommon for its partner to feel alienated and lonely.

Ideal marriages result from unions with sea lions, moles, and mice, all of who appreciate the beaver's hardworking determined spirit. The larger carnivores are to be avoided at all costs; for relationships with lions, bears and tigers are invariably one-sided, with the beaver ending up with the short end of the stick.

Best Mates 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

Use the Animal Matchmaker to see how the Beaver gets along with any other animal personality (including itself). Choose one from the list below and click "Make a match".

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Famous Beaver Personalities

Jimmy Carter

Portrait of 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

Portrait of 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.