This question is for those who train to compete in something, obedience, RALLY, SchH, fly ball... doesn't matter.
How important is the match up to your personality in the success of you and your dog? Do you think that a good match gives you an advantage, or do you think a good handler should be just as successful with any type of dog because they should be able to adapt to that dog.
Here are a couple examples of what I mean by "match"...
Say you are a really reserved, calm person, you might be better matched with a higher dive, lower threshold dog. If you are a really upbeat or hyper person, you might match better with a medium drive, higher threshold dog.
I think these matches are almost opposites of what good matches might be for training because these seem to have the potential for exasperation on the part of the person mostly, and frustration (and lots of potential corrections) for the dog.
And for training in any areas, you and your dog also need to be a match with your sport/activity. I would never compete in Rally - I hate it. I haven't competed but watch people with their dogs - those that have the relationship where they almost start to look alike - that have that innate understanding of each other, seem to always make things look effortless.
I had a foster that was high drive, super dog - I took her to agility training. I am more low key, and do a lot of happy talk, but to match her, I had to up my activity but lower my enthusiasm. When I reined that in, and moved faster, we were in sync and omg I loved working with her SO much. But I definitely had to adjust - though not outside my comfort zone, which is what seems to be important.
With my own adopted GSD, who is truly probably more like me in terms of temperament
(laughing because I am not sure that's good for either of us) and a great fit, after I got to know her better and we were in classes with the hopes of someday competing in AKC OB (probably won't because she's nervy but never say never) things were effortless because we were on the same wavelength.
I love these kind of questions even though I don't compete with my dogs. Except if there is a competition for quirkiest?