I grew up with dogs so I thought I was a dog person. But then I got a cat. Sorry Fido, I’m hooked, on felines. Ever since I proclaimed my pet partiality I’ve wondered what makes a person pick team cat vs. team dog. It’s more then just a preference like vanilla or chocolate. It’s much, much more.
To answer the question, cat vs. dog I turned to the expert on most things – Google. There is enough research and opinion out there to write a thesis on this topic but here are my top 5 findings about dog people and cat people.
- It seems everybody agrees that dog people are more outgoing and friendly then cat people. No surprise there, right? Just picture the folks in the park throwing Frisbees to beautiful golden retrievers. Are they not the picture of health and well being, just out there inviting conversation, companionship, or a friendly wave. “Nice throw.” “Good lookin’ dog! “What fun!”
Cat people therefore, are more like, um, cats? You see a beautiful cat who looks like he’d be yummy to pet so you approach him, hand gently extended and you say “hi kitty” in the most loving voice possible. You get close to him, maybe even just a few inches away and BAM! You get a swat, a snub, or the cat simply gets up and walks away with his tail bobbing up and down, flipping you off in cat language. Cat people don’t mind keeping to themselves, and if a cat person is not in the mood for you, he or she will definitely let you know.
- Another across the board finding was that cat people are generally smarter and more curious than dog people. There’s a bunch of supporting evidence on this but I’ve always held that dogs are not particularly smart, however they are highly trainable. I’m not sold that trainability equals smart but the majority disagrees with me.
Here’s a picture of a dog named Scout who is internet famous for balancing things on his head, and waiting. He has outstanding patience. Go Scout.
Felines are complete agreement that putting a treat on their head and waiting for the command to eat it is just dumb. I think that makes them smart. And, I believe that cat people don’t invest a lot of time or energy in things that make no sense either, thus, smarter.
- There is a strong agreement out there that dog people are less neurotic than cat people. I guess it makes sense. If you have idiosyncrasies, walking or running with a dog, receiving the dog’s love, licks, and constant reassurance that you are the one and only may help ease your problems. But to say that dog people are less neurotic than cat people? I disagree on this one without a shred of documenting evidence except to say that the term ‘crazy cat lady’ is not without merit.
- I’ve repeatedly read that dog people are more tolerant than cat people. I agree, being a cat person I know intolerance first hand. My teenage children are good examples of cat people.
- Dog and cat people each have a different sense of humor. I’m not sure if I understand the research behind this finding but it does go along with two other bits of information which is this: There is a higher percentage of females who identify as cat people, thus a higher percentage of males as dog people. Cat people enjoy satire and irony, dog people think burping the alphabet is a sport and that the fart and dart is funny.
Oh, you dog people! I like you all, even if you have gone over to the bark side.