What do you notice about the people in your life that have a cat or dog for a pet? A new study finds that ‘cat people’ and ‘dog people’ have very different personalities! 600 college students were part of the study and 60% called themselves ‘dog people’ while only 11% said they were ‘cat people.’ The rest said neither or both.
- More Energetic
- More outgoing
- Follow rules closely
- Lower intelligence than cat lovers
- Higher intelligence (sorry dog lovers!)
Part of the reason for the personality differences may be related to the types of environments cat or dog people prefer, said study researcher Denise Guastello, an associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, who presented the findings here at the annual Association for Psychological Science meeting.
“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,” Guastello said. “Whereas, if you’re 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.”
I am a dog lover first, guess I’ll work on that whole intelligence thing. This is my aunt’s puppy I’m obsessed with, Teddy!