Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body. Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood  flow, elimination  of wastes, breathing  and  the  movement  of thoughts across the mind. It’s very important to keep Vata in good balance. The related elements are Air and Ether.Common characteristics of pets who have a predominantly Vata constitution:


  • Mental quickness

  • Highly intelligent

  • Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget

  • Slenderness; lightest of the three body types

  • Runs and walks quickly

  • Tendency toward cold paws, discomfort in cold climates

  • Excitable, lively, fun personality

  • Changeable moods

  • Irregular daily routine

  • Variable appetite and digestive efficiency

  • High energy in short bursts; tendency to tire easily and to overexert

  • Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance

  • Respond to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance

  • Tendency to act on impulse

  • Often distracted easily

  • Generally have dry skin and dry fur

  • Typical health problems include hypertension, earaches, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle spasms, lower back pain, constipa- tion, abdominal gas, diarrhea, nervous stomach and arthritis. Most neurological disorders are related to Vata imbalance.

  • Pets of Vata constitution  are generally physically slender and small- framed. Their chests are flat with their veins and muscle tendons visible. The skin is cool, rough, dry and cracked.

  • Vata pets generally are either taller or shorter than average, with thin frames that reveal prominent joints and bone-ends because of small muscle development.

  • The eyes may be sunken, small, dry, and active. The nails are rough and brittle. The shape of the nose is bent and in some cases turned-up.


Physiologically, the appetite and digestion are variable. The production of urine is scanty and the feces are dry, hard, and small in quantity. Their sleep may be disturbed and they will sleep less than the other types. Their paws are often cold.


Psychologically, they are characterized by short memories but quick mental understanding.  They will understand  something immediately, but will soon forget it. They sometimes lack determination, tend toward mental instability, and are sensitive to tolerance, confidence, or boldness. Vata pets are nervous, fearful at times, and afflicted by much anxiety.