One fine evening, a good friend of mine, Andrew visited me and he was complaining how bad his current relationship was with a girl.
He continued to say that the situation was just too much for him to bear, “she is a cats person and I am a dogs person, we just don’t get along that easily!”.
That statement made me relate to a study on Cats and Dogs personality done by the University of Texas. The research is about finding the characteristic and personality traits on the owners of cats and dogs.
This study have proven some facts on traits of their owners.
Those who define themselves as “dog people” are usually more extroverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than people who self-described themselves as “cat people.” Whereas, the cat on the other hand are more neurotic but also more open than their canine-loving counterparts.
As part of the research, 4,565 volunteers were asked whether they were dog people, cat people, neither or both. The same group was given a 44-item assessment that measured them on the so-called Big Five personality dimensions psychologists often use to study personalities.
According to the findings, it shows that 46 percent of respondent described themselves as dog people, whereas only 12 percent said they were cat people. A 28 percent from the total respondent said that they were both cat and dog people, and 15 percent said they were neither.
Besides that, the study also shows that dog people are 15 percent more extroverted, 13 percent more agreeable and 11 percent more conscientious than cat people. While on the other hand, cat people are 12 percent more neurotic and 11 percent more open than dog people.
There are reasons for this study
Fret not, there are sound reasons to suspect that the preference for dogs or cats reflects some underlying human personality differences. The relationship between cats and humans are always been different compare to the relationship between cats and humans.
This reflects the behaviors that both species have kept from their heritage prior to domestication. Dogs are usually sociable pack animals that work and hunt in groups and are active between dawn and dusk.
Our domestic dogs retain this need for social interaction to the degree that without a master and a family, a dog seems unhappy and almost lost. Dogs will intrude on a person’s ongoing activities if they are feeling lonely and want some company or play. In contracts, cats are usually solitary hunters and often are active mostly at night they usually invisible during the day, seeming only to appear in the evening, especially when they are fed.
Cats will occasionally engage in social activities or play with people, but their interest is limited. Usually, after only a few minutes, cats will abandon the game and wander away. Dogs on the other hand, will often engage in play, like fetching a thrown ball, for hours at a time, and it is usually the human that quits the game first.
The results showed that people who owned only cats seemed to be somewhat different than dog owners or people who owned both dogs and cats in terms of their personalities. People who own both dogs and cats seem to be much like people who own only dogs. According to the research, a dog owners are usually those who are married, living in a house with children together, in contrast cat owners are usually those living alone. A single woman was the most likely individual to have a cat. Of the people who grew up in a house with cats as pets, 47 percent were likely to have cats today, while only 11 percent of people whose childhood years were spent in a house with a dog have only a cat as a pet.
To start with, we found that people who owns only a cat tend to be low on extroversion which is relatively introvert and also reasonably cool which is low in warmth or agreeableness, besides we find that cat owners are relatively low in dominance.
People who are high on dominance are generally described as being forceful, assertive, persistent, self-assured, and self-confident. They are the people who stand out in social gatherings as opposed to people who are low in dominance that come across as being more timid, bashful, shy, and non-aggressive.
The final dimension that I looked at was trust, and cat owners appear to be fairly trusting. People high on this dimension are often described as obliging, modest, straightforward, and “good sports.” People low on this dimension can be more suspicious and manipulative.
Dog owners are more interactive
From the findings we can know that dog owners are more social, interactive and accepting. One dog person’s explanation of this was: “You have to have a good sense of humor to successfully own dogs.”
Contrast this to cat owners (remember this is people who prefer cats exclusively) who are more introverted, self-contained, and interact less socially. A psychologist who is also a dog owner suggested, “Maybe the reason that cat people tend to be more introverted and seem to prefer to be indoors is because they can’t walk their cat.”
There are some other aspects we can conclude form the findings, such as dog people are tended to follow the rules closely, whereas cat lovers are more sensitive than dog owners. Cat people also tended to be non-conformists, preferring to be expedient rather than follow the rules. In the finding that’s sure to spark rivalries among pet owners are that cat lovers scored higher on intelligence than dog lovers.
Perhaps one of the most telling differences between dog and cat owners is illustrated in a single comparison.
My little case study shows dog people actually accept cats too!
I asked people who own only cats, “If you had adequate living space and there were no objections from other people in your life, and someone gave you a puppy as a gift, would you keep it?” More than two thirds of the cat owners (68 percent) said that they would not accept a dog as a pet, while almost the same number of dog owners (70 percent), said that they would admit the cat into their household when asked the same question but about a kitten.
This suggests that most people who own only a dog are potentially dog and cat owners, while most people who own only a cat are exclusively cat owners.
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