Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Whether you're trying to choose the right pet for your family, or just having a casual conversation, initiating a discussion with a pet-lover can be daunting. Sometimes the conversation may turn hostile with the age-old disagreement: cats vs. dogs.

Pet owners are often categorized into two teams: dog people vs. cat people. Our pet preferences might seem arbitrary, but whether we love cats or adore dogs might actually have to do with our personality traits. In fact, a new study shows that dog and cat personalities tend to match their owner's. According to Sam Gosling, the ideal way to gauge someone’s personality depends on whether they like dogs or cats.

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Does being a dog person or a cat person really unveil your character? Let’s find out with this chart on cat owners vs. dog owners:

Cat Person

Dog Person

A cat person is independent Cats owners are likely to be autonomous and content with alone time.  A dog person takes pleasure in companionship  With a heart full of compassion and benevolence, a dog person can prove to be the best life companion.
A cat person tends to be creative and imaginative Cat people find it easier to come up with original ideas and novel solutions.  A dog person is an efficient planner Due to their strong sense of duty and self-discipline, a dog person is pragmatic and an effective planner too.
A cat person is witty and sarcastic Cat people are likely to have a good sense of humor. They enjoy satires and ironic puns. A dog person is tough-minded With their ability to focus more on situations instead of emotions, a dog person tends to possess tough-mindedness.
A cat person is open to new experiences Due to their curious nature, cat people tend to be more adventurous and courageous. A dog person is sociable and outgoing According to Huffington Post, and author Rachael Rettner, a dog person gets comfortable in social gatherings so easily that every individual becomes their best friend.
A cat person could be over-cautious and reserved They are generally guarded people and have a more cautious approach in life. A dog person is agreeable A dog person is usually altruistic, kind and owns a selfless concern for others’ welfare.
A cat person values affection Cat people often need constant assurances, therefore, the value and cherish endearments. A dog person is loyal and devoted Being a true friend and protector, a dog person is extremely loyal to his loved ones and will always stand by their side.
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Check out some other pet facts about dogs and cats! Think we missed out on anything? Feel free to let us know in the comments section.


Gosling et al. Personalities of Self-Identified "Dog People" and "Cat People" and "Cat People", Anthrozoos, Routledge, Vol 23, No. 3, April 28, 2015

Guastello et al. 26th Annual Association For Psychological Science Meeting in San Francisco, California May 22-25 2014

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