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Study Reveals: Cat People are Smarter than Dog People (But We Already Knew That…)

463119127According to a study by Denise Guastello at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, people who identify themselves as “dog people” and “cat people” have strikingly different personalities.

The results of the study were presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science and reported by LiveScience:

People who said they were dog lovers in the study tended to be more lively — meaning they were more energetic and outgoing — and also tended to follow rules closely. Cat lovers, on the other hand, were more introverted, more open-minded and more sensitive than dog lovers. Cat people also tended to be non-conformists, preferring to be expedient rather than follow the rules.

And in a finding that’s sure to spark rivalries among pet owners, cat lovers scored higher on intelligence than dog lovers.

The researchers conducted a survey of 600 midwestern college students, asking whether they would identify themselves as dog lovers or cat lovers, and what qualities they found most attractive in their pets. They were also asked several questions in order to assess their personalities. About 60% of the participants identified themselves as “dog people” and only about 11% as “cat people”, with the remaining participants liking both or neither.

While this was a relatively small study, a similar study from 2010 with more than 4500 participants yielded similar results.



  1. Ruth

    Oct 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    As a cat person I would not necessarily say that cat people are smarter in all fairness to dog people. I would say we are independent which is why we appreciate the independence of cats. Dog people need to control their pets and possibly others. Cat people do not feel that need. Maybe we are more confident in who we are and our dealings with others. Dogs have to be controlled but not cats. We see them as being equal and not inferior to us

    • Gosia

      Apr 29, 2017 at 10:07 am

      well said

    • Patti

      Apr 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      It just takes a bit more intelligencito interpret and
      uderstand cats.

  2. Anita Bouchet

    Oct 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Some (well, a lot) of people love dogs AND cats, and have both. What about them?

  3. Barbara

    Dec 30, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Well, I guess they ar being charitable to one another!

  4. Atlantic Medical

    May 3, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Definitely go along with this – it is never easy to get details such as this around but you’ve done an admirable job to your readers


    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm

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