Dog Lovers More Outgoing, Cat Lovers Are Smarter

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After surveying 600 college students, researchers concluded what most of us already knew: Dog people and cat people are very different.

“It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog,” said study researcher Denise Guastello, an associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisc., who presented the findings at the annual Association for Psychological Science meeting.

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A cat lover, on the other hand, may be “more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”

The key differences in personality: Dog lovers were more energetic, outgoing and more likely to follow the rules. Cat lovers were more introverted, more open-minded, more sensitive and less likely to follow rules. Cat people also scored higher on intelligence. (No word on whether the dog people are demanding a recount on that last item.)

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The majority of the students surveyed identified as dog people, according to LiveScience: about 60 percent, compared with 11 percent who said they were cat people. A number who said they like both or neither. The dog lovers reported that companionship was the most important attribute in a pet, whereas cat lovers cited affection.

Photo: Birhanb/Wikimedia Commons

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