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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    • 1AlaskaBorn2

      Review the statistics: Dog people are 15% more likely to be extroverts, or 85% more likely to be introverts. Cat people are 11% more likely to be introverts, or 89% more likely to be extroverts. Is there a point in the article?

      • fewiz

        I think you misunderstand. Another casualty of stray bullet points ricocheting around the internet.

    • GSD Rule

      OK, I am by any stretch of the imagination a dog person. And not one, not even one of those stats about dog persons, is true of me.

      • fewiz

        Are you by chance the guy in the beer commercials – the Most Interesting Guy in the World? I mean, seriously, you’re not like a random Internet survey??? It boggles the mind. To go through life so…so…different. Must be nice.

    • overthecoastline

      Well that was three minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Thanks Reader’s Digest.

    • Lawrence Vaccarelli

      I truly have “animal farm”….a dog, 2 cats, a chicken , 2 horses,….and they all get along and don’t harass each other…sometimes its funny as all hell.

      • sk6actual

        hmmm, a chicken … that explains a lot … jk :)

    • Lawrence Vaccarelli

      animals are so much better than people

      • overthecoastline

        Until you have to clean up the poop. Or you get the vet bill.

      • Eliza Raffles

        Animals are people and people are animals. LOL. I have six horses, two dogs and a cat.

    • lili

      damn!just like me,cat one!!!

    • sandra

      yes true,im a cat person.people thing im extrovert but actually im introvert cause i have lots of secrets in my heart.

    • clemans

      I have 3 dogs and 7 cats. I have so many cats because I did rescue kittens.

    • Dangerous McKlintock

      Animals help people fill voids in their lives. If I could I would get a dog, but I travel a lot.

      • overthecoastline

        No. Social skills, working hard and adopting a positive attitude helps people fill voids in their lives. Animals are a responsibility and can be a financial burden. However, they can be great companions – after you’ve fulfilled your other needs and find you still have time and money to spend on an animal.

    • Janise Grubber