Dog People vs. Cat People: The Surprising Differences crossed responses to lifestyle surveys by so-called dog and cat people. Take a look at the conclusions and tell us, does anything sound familiar?

from Reader's Digest | December 2011 / January 2012
  • Loading recently polled more than 200,000 pet owners to find out if they were dog people or cat people. The site then crossed those responses with lifestyle surveys and arrived at the following conclusions. Anything sound familiar?

    Dog people:
    15% more likely to be extroverts
    Cat people: 11% more likely to be introverts

    Dog people: 36% more likely to use a pop song as a ringtone
    Cat people: 14% more likely to cling to friends at a party

    Dog people: 67% more likely to call animal control if they happen upon stray kittens
    Cat people: 21% more likely to try to rescue stray kittens

    Dog people: 11% more likely to say they'd support cloning, but only for animals or pets
    Cat people: 17% more likely to have completed a graduate degree

    Dog people: 18% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle
    Cat people: 25% more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle

    Dog people: 9% more likely to think of zoos as happy place
    Cat people: 10% more likely to send messages on Twitter

    Dog people: 30% more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions
    Cat people: 21% more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns

    Both dog and cat people:
    - Talk to animals of all kinds
    - Are equally likely to have a four-year degree
    - Dislike animal-print clothing


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    Your Comments

    • Arcturus

      They should have checked the IQ’s of dog people versus cat people. I think there would be a very clear difference.

    • Bruning von Stauffen

      A dog has never drank the last beer in the fridge, borrowed money & then forgot to pay it back or sent me annoying chain-letter emails. I can’t say the same thing for human beings.

    • Magnus Thunderson

      I very much a cat person not only as I love to take several vacations a year. but also a B type personality so annoyed at the hyper behavior that dogs tend to have and lastly cat go indoors while dogs go out and some it raining as I can not stand the smell of a wet dog

    • grammadee94

      What are you if you have BOTH dogs AND cats! — never mind — just read the last statement on picture #9

    • Bombon01

      Completely inaccurate for me.