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June 26, 2015

17 Basic Differences Between Dog People And Cat People

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Forget about the Briggs-Myers test; the best way to gauge someone’s personality is through whether they prefer dogs or cats.
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1. There are more dog people than cat people.

About six percent more US households own dogs than own cats. In survey after survey, people who say they love dogs outnumber cat-lovers by as much as five to one. About a quarter of all respondents say they love both dogs and cats—we will refer to such people as “bi-petuals.”

2. Dog people are far more sociable and outgoing than cat people.

Dog lovers are friendlier and more extroverted than cat lovers, who prefer to be alone. Dog lovers also tend to be more confident and dominant than cat people.

3. Cat people are more intelligent than dog people.

And they will never let you forget this, nor the fact that they think cats are also far more intelligent than dogs.

4. Cat people are more neurotic than dog people.

Cat lovers tend to be more prone to anxiety and neurotic disorders than dog people. This may be because their pets are far less likely to constantly reassure them.

5. Cat people are more likely to live alone and in apartments than dog people.

One study shoes that cat owners are a third more likely to live alone than dog owners and twice as likely to live in an apartment rather than a house. The most likely individuals to own cats are single women.

6. Dog people are more likely to live in rural areas than cat people.

The East and West Coasts are much more likely to favor cat owners, while dogs rule the American South. Overall, dog people are 30 more likely to live in the country, while cat people are 29 percent more likely to live in the city.

7. Dog people tend to be more conservative than cat people.

Owning a dog correlates strongly with having traditional values. Dog owners are also generally more rule-abiding than cat owners. Dog owners tend to skew Republican, while cat owners lean Democrat.

8. Dog people are more obedient—just like dogs.

Cat owners tend to be nonconformists, while dog owners generally follow the tide and obey all rules.

9. Cat people are more open-minded than dog people.

Cat lovers generally score higher on thing such as open-mindedness, imaginativeness, creativity, adventurousness, and holding unconventional beliefs. Dog owners, much like dogs, will pretty much believe anything you tell them.

10. Cat people are more sensitive than dog people.

SENSITIVITY Cat lovers are sensitive Often times, people see sensitivity as a bad thing. This isn’t necessarily the case. Cat people were found to be more sensitive in this study, while dog owners showed fewer signs of sensitivity in provided tests.

11. Dog people are more masculine than cat people.

It has been said many times that all dogs look like males and all cats look like females. Although there are exceptions, dog owners both male and female tend to view themselves as more masculine than cat owners do.

12. Dog people tend to tolerate cats; cat people hate dogs.

Studies have shown that people who love both dogs and cats—the so-called “bi-petuals”—have personalities almost identical to those of dog owners. In general, dog owners are more willing to tolerate the idea of owning a cat than cat owners are of owning dogs.

13. Dog people and cat people have a different favorite Beatle.

Dog lovers prefer Paul McCartney; cat people prefer George Harrison.

14. Dog people and cat people have a different sense of humor.

Cat people enjoy sophisticated, ironic humor that’s built on clever wordplay. Dog people laugh at fart jokes and videos of people accidentally hurting themselves.

15. Cat people are more independent.

As already noted, dog owners tend to be more sociable and obedient. The flip side of this is that cat owners, much like cats, have minds of their own.

16. Cat people are more likely to be atheists.

ATHEIST some research data that suggests that more cat people than dog people are atheists.

17. Dog people are seeking companionship; cat people are seeking affection.

Dog lovers are looking for a four-legged little buddy, while cat lovers want something that will purr and rub up against them and knead their paws into their fleshy folds when it’s dark and cold and lonely at night. TC mark

Information for this article was pooled from the following sources:
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