More than half of the homes in America are lucky enough to have at least one pet. 78 million of those pets are dogs, while 86 million are cats! If you’re a pet parent to a cat or a dog, it should come as no surprise that people who love cats and people who love dogs have strikingly different personalities. Which category do you fall under?
Several studies have been done to determine how different “dog people” and “cat people” really are. Research has concluded that
Are more likely to be women
Are 11% more likely than dog people to be introverted
Tend to be unconventional non-conformists
Are less likely to be assertive and dominant
Are more likely to be creative
In a finding that’s sure to spark rivalries among pet owners, scored higher on intelligence tests than dog people
Are more likely to be politically liberal
Tend to prefer ironic humor and puns
Are 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree
Whereas Dog People:
Are more likely to be men
15% more likely than cat people to be extroverted
Are much more likely than cat people to be politically conservative
Tend to be more agreeable rule-followers
Are more trusting than cat people
Tend to prefer slapstick humor
Are 28% more likely to be students than cat people
Surprisingly, there are also distinct differences between dog and cat people when it comes to where they live, what technology they prefer and their general preferences:
People who identify as cat lovers are 29% more likely to live in the city than their dog-loving counterparts, who are 30% more likely to live in a rural part of town.
Cat people are more likely to live alone, whereas dog people are more likely to be married. And, dog people are 28% more like to be homeowners, while cat people are much more likely than dog people to choose apartment living.
Dog people are slightly more likely than cat people to be early adopters of new technology. Interestingly, cat people are more likely to have an Android phone, while dog people are more likely to make their calls on an iPhone – and those dog lovers are a lot more likely to use a pop song as their ringtone. Cat people are slightly more likely to use Twitter than dog people.
If you’re a cat person, you’re 27% more likely to prefer individual sports than to join in team competition. If you’re a dog person, you are slightly more fashion-conscious than cat people – but that’s only if you aren’t a fan of cats on clothes! Dog people are more likely than cat people to know the names of their neighbors.
With all those comparisons made, it’s a wonder that cat people and dog people can ever find a middle ground! But, it turns out there are a lot of ways in which there’s no difference:
Dog and cat people are just as likely to talk to animals. They’re equally likely to have a 4-year college degree, they all seem to like (or dislike) animal print clothing, cat people just as likely to use social media as dog people, though they probably follow different pages, and all animal lovers tend to be optimists.
So, do you identify as a cat person or a dog person? Did these results accurately describe you? Tell us in a comment below!
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