Cats vs Dogs: How Pet Preference Plays into PersonalityPublished March 13, 2012
A new study conducted at the University of Texas shows that there are defined personality differences between self-described "cat people" and "dog people".
The study showed that those who defined themselves as "dog people" tended to be more outgoing and agreeable than self-described "cat people". Despite having what could be seen as a slight edge in the social realm, "cat people" were found to be less traditional and more creative than "dog people". On the negative side, "cat people" also tended to be a bit "more neurotic" than "dog people".
The study essentially showed that the stereotype of the cat lady and the perceived outgoing dog person lived up to their names. Does this mean that dogs are the winner of the cats vs dogs battle?
Statistics go on to try and prove that point: according to the American Pets Product Association, dogs are in 39 percent of homes with at least one pet, as compared to cats which grace the homes of 33 percent of homes.
What side do you find yourself on in the battle of cats vs dogs? Are you a cat person or a dog person, and do you agree with the new study's personality assessment of cat and dog owners? Share your thoughts in a comment!