Are Cat Lovers Smarter Than Dog Lovers Personality Characteristics of Dog and Cat Lovers

Who Would Think of Measuring the Intelligence of Dog Lovers and Cat Lovers In the First Place?

Believe it or not, I was looking for an article on teleportation when I was distracted by headlines jumping out at me that there had been a study determining that cat lovers scored higher on intelligence tests than dog lovers. I was amazed first of all, that anyone would even think to conduct a study about such a thing.

The study was done recently with the results being reported in late May of this year (2014). One of the researchers was Denise Guastello, an associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Guastello presented the findings at the annual Association for Psychological Science meeting, which Rachael Rettner was attending in order to take notes for the report she was going to write for Live Science. That report was reprinted on Huff Post Science where I first saw it.

After I read Rettner’s report, which I found very interesting, I went about searching for other studies and research that might back up the findings of the Carroll University Study – or refute them. The Carroll University Study was small, with just 600 participants who were all college students. While interesting, such a small study involving a limited class of people compared to the general population, could just be a fluke, so I searched further.

Imagine Having a Dog This Huge!

Hercules, an English mastiff, was once in the Guinnes book of records as the world's biggest dog --282 lbs in 2007
Hercules, an English mastiff, was once in the Guinnes book of records as the world's biggest dog --282 lbs in 2007 | Source

More Men Prefer Dogs

Isn't he a cutie?  Yes, of course I meant the dog!
Isn't he a cutie? Yes, of course I meant the dog! | Source

Tom Hanks Is a Dog Lover

Tom Hanks and Monty who was Tom's best friend until he died in January of 2012.
Tom Hanks and Monty who was Tom's best friend until he died in January of 2012. | Source

More Studies and Polls About Dog & Cat Lovers

There have been a lot more studies done previously with larger numbers of participants and with greater age and background variety. The results of all these studies have been essentially the same! When several studies have been conducted in exactly the same way and have rendered the same results, those results are taken a lot more seriously by scientists, and in this case, psychologists.

Personally, I think the results show good points about both dog and cat lovers. It really comes down to personalities and preferences. Keep in mind as you peruse the findings that there really is no right or wrong in this case, but simply different. What is wrong with being different? Life would be dull if we were all clones of each other, would it not?

Well, I just had to share the results of this spur of the moment research project because I know there are lots of dog and cat lovers ‘out there,’ who will find the results of these studies interesting.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a non-profit organization representing veterinarians, on the demographics of U.S. pet ownership, did a poll back in 2012. Some 50,000 pet owners across the U.S. were questioned. It was discovered that the preference for cats or dogs for pets generally fell along regional lines.

It seems the majority of dog owners tend to live in the east and west south central part of the United States while cat owners tend to live in New England and along the Pacific coast.

The state with the most dog owners was Arizona and the state with the most cat owners was Vermont.

The poll found that dogs are America’s main preference for a pet with 43.3 million households owning one or more dogs. Cats were the second preference with 36 million households including at least one cat.

Pet ownership of all kinds of animals has decreased in recent years and it is believed that is due to the economy.

Prince Harry Loves Dogs

Prince Harry of England is a dog lover.
Prince Harry of England is a dog lover. | Source

Cat Lovers are Smarter According to the Carroll University Study

The study by Carroll University, Wisconsin found that cat owners scored higher on intelligence tests than dog owners.

-- Real Clear Science --

Gosling, Sandy, & Potter, 2010 Study With Similar Results to the Carroll University Study

A large study, Gosling, Sandy, & Potter, 2010, that included more than 4500 participants of different ages and from different walks of life, found the same results as the Carroll University Study.

Some people choose whether or not to have a pet, and what kind of pet to have, based on their lifestyle. The focus of the study by Gosling, Sandy, and Potter (2010) was whether people identified themselves as being a dog person, a cat person, both, or neither.

Participants were not determined to be either a cat person or a dog person or neither because of the pet they owned, or did not own, but by how they thought of themselves in this context, and they self-reported what category they thought they fit into best.

Cats Are Less Work

These kittens remind me of ones I had when I was a child.  They look exactly like them.  I especially love black cats.
These kittens remind me of ones I had when I was a child. They look exactly like them. I especially love black cats. | Source

The Breakdown on Where Different Participants Placed Themselves was as Follows:

* The largest group, more than 45% of participants, self reported that they considered themselves dog lovers.

* The second largest group, 27.7%, self-identified as both dog and cat lovers.

* The third largest group self-identified as neither cat or dog lovers -- 15%.

* The smallest group self-identified as cat lovers-- only 11.5%.

Scott A. McGreal, writing for Psychology Today (April 16, 2013), said, “One thing I found interesting about this was that dog people tended not to differ much from those who identified as both a dog and a cat person and from those who were neither. Cat people on the other hand tended to differ noticeably from all the other groups, suggesting that cat people stand out from the crowd more.”

Cat Lovers Tend to Be Open-Minded People

“That is, people who are more closed to experience tend to look on more open-minded people as out of touch with reality, whilst those who are high in openness to experience tend to look down on those who are more closed as dense and uncultured. Therefore, dog people might not care overly much about openness to experience, whereas cat people might prize it as part of their individuality.”

Scott A. McGreal -- Psychology Today

Characteristics of Dog and Cat Lovers

Realize that there are exceptions to every rule. Some cat lovers are extroverted and conformist, while some dog lovers are introverts and rule breakers. There may be other exceptions as well.

The following traits assigned to dog and cat lovers came about because of all the people who took part in the studies referenced here. The majority of dog and cat lovers exhibited the particular characteristics listed. A majority is 51% or more. It is not 100%. Keep that in mind as you read through the various assigned traits.

Dog Lover's Personality Traits

Dog lovers tend to be loyal, direct, kind, faithful, helpful, and team players. They are usually more energetic, outgoing, agreeable, and conscientious (follow rules closely) than a cat lover. Dog lovers tend to be conformists who follow the crowd. They are more likely to have a pop song for a ring tone, while cat lovers are more likely to have a college degree. Dog lovers seem to be generally happier people overall than cat people are.

Like dogs, the people who confess that they prefer dogs over cats tend to be sociable with an affectionate nature. Dogs require more care than cats, and dog people seem to need more attention and social interaction than cat lovers do.

Carole Lombard Was a Cat Lover

Carole Lombard was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s.  Do any of my readers remember her?
Carole Lombard was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. Do any of my readers remember her? | Source

Some Men Prefer Cats

Some men prefer their cats.  Cats are independent and affectionate.
Some men prefer their cats. Cats are independent and affectionate. | Source

Cat Lover's Personality Traits

Cat lovers are often graceful, subtle, independent, intelligent, thoughtful, mysterious, aloof, introverted, laid-back, expedient, and quiet.

Cat lovers were also more open to experience and more neurotic than dog persons, more sensitive emotionally and more sensitive to stress.

Cats are also noted for “doing their own thing” whereas dogs tend to “follow the crowd.” People who are high in openness to experience tend to be non-conformists who like to follow their own interests rather than blend in with other people. They are more likely to push the line and buck the system than dog lovers.

Cats and Dogs Make Good Friends

Dogs and cats can be good friends when introduced to each other early in their lives.  Pictured here:  an Italian Greyhound & Sphinx cat.
Dogs and cats can be good friends when introduced to each other early in their lives. Pictured here: an Italian Greyhound & Sphinx cat. | Source

Amazing Super Cat to the Rescue!

Some people say dogs are more intelligent than cats because they can be trained to be useful -- guard dogs, drug sniffing or bomb sniffing dogs, service dogs that assist handicapped people, etc.

Here is a video of a guard cat that flies to the rescue of her 4-year old best friend when he is attacked by a neighbor’s dog. Click here to watch, it’s just 2 minutes and worth seeing.

Sources

Psychology Today

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201304/cat-people-are-more-distinctive-dog-people


University of Texas, Austin

http://www.mckendree.edu/academics/scholars/issue18/paluska.htm


Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/29/cat-people-dog-people-intelligence_n_5412245.html


Live Science

http://www.livescience.com/13884-kitty-kitty-10-facts-cat-lovers.html

http://www.livescience.com/45894-dog-cat-people-personalities.html


ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/US/dog-people-cat-people-pet-preference/story?id=15883844


Real Clear Science

http://www.realclearscience.com/2014/05/29/039cat_people039_more_intelligent_than_039dog_people039_259240.html


Time.com

http://time.com/2798972/studies-show-cat-people-are-smarter-than-dog-people/


ABC News on the AVMA poll

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2013/06/the-truth-about-cat-and-dog-owners/

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Au fait 3 months ago from North Texas Author

ValKaras, thank you for your continued interest in this hub! :) Yes, I do remember you and your trip to visit 6 dogs. Glad you survived.

You needn't worry that I will think you're insincere with your compliments. I'm a nobody. There's no reason on earth why you would try to flatter me insincerely. I'm not related to any celebrities (Uncle Dick died) and I'm even less important here on HP. I can't get your hubber score or your CPM raised even a tiny bit.

One thing you have to know about me. I'm a smartass. Been one my whole life and it only gets worse with age. Better than being a dumb one though, isn't it?

I pick on everyone, but if I don't like the person, there's often a bit of a sting to it. I'm a sarcastic B --- sometimes too. I'm told one can get away with saying anything so long as one smiles whilst so doing.

Don't worry, you won't look silly. But even if you did, so what? What do you care what people who still fall short of perfection think? Learning not to care what people who aren't walking in your shoes think is the greatest feeling. The freedom is unimaginable! It lifts such a huge burden from one's shoulders.

Of course you are a cyber-friend!

Hiding? Me? I thought C. E. Clark was plastered across my profile page. I looked, and it shows up on my screen. Have another look and see if I'm lying.

You know of course that you can send email through my profile page, yes? Go to my profile page, click on "fan mail" on the right side. When that opens, you will see, "Send Au fait an email." Click on it and write whatever your heart desires. It might be better than an international bulletin board -- depending what's on your mind of course. If I get such an email I will see that you get my private email, but I'd rather not mention it here.

I've been called so many things over the years. Just pick whatever appeals to you . . . ;)) C.C. will do.


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ValKaras 3 months ago from Canada

Au Fait - In case you forget, I am that dude who went for a 5 week vacation to LA to test my tolerance for 6 dogs hanging around. Well, I am back, and those dogs were behaving, maybe out of fear that I could bite.

Now, from biting to compliments. I always had this problem writing into greeting cards because they always said it better than I could, and just signing at the bottom would be quite impersonal. Something of the similar problem comes about when I want to compliment someone - like you for example. How do I do it sincerely, so that it doesn't sound like a cheap attempt of flattering - since the same words are used in both. You see what I mean?

So, when I say that you impress me as an intelligent lady, that doesn't call for "doing something about your swelling head". Just say that you are glad I think highly of you, so that won't make my compliment look silly to anyone reading it.

As for your teasing, I am happy when my friends do it, because that means our emotional closeness, like a buddy-buddy thing. I'll still have to figure out if it means the same with you, because you say that you like teasing "people" - not specifying friends. Now, would I like to be called your "cyber-friend"? Yes, because you are an intelligent lady. You see, at this age of 72 I like being direct. On the other hand - could I call YOU my cyber friend? I don't know, because I know my friends, cyber-or-in-real-life by their names, not by their literary name or code. Now let me tease you for a moment - and take it as a friendly one. Why are you hiding behind "Au Fait"?

However, this hub was about pets, so take my apology for mentioning those dogs only once. But if you spread those 6 dogs down the text, there is gonna be a lot of damn animals mentioned. Their names are: Killo, a mix of mastiff and pitbull, Lola, a havanese purse dog, Boo, a bitch of unknown ancestry, Pippy - a Pomeranian, Gram and Hank, both pitbulls. May all of them escape from their owners by the time I visit the next time.


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Au fait 4 months ago from North Texas Author

ValKaras, thank you for your latest response. The truth is that I can't resist teasing people when they say things like, "I'm having a pretty good day." Oh? What's that niggly thing that's keeping the day from being great? Or otherwise parsing their words (like I often do my own). So I just thought I'd pick on you a little bit. ;) Put you on the spot, so-to-speak. Just a little teasing to see if you're paying attention. :)

I can readily understand how you will look forward to coming home to an animal free home after living with in-laws and 6 dogs too!

Now I must see what I can do about bringing the swelling of my head down after all those lovely compliments you wrote . . . :)


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ValKaras 4 months ago from Canada

Au fait - LOL, let me explain something. When I said that I liked "just about every" of your hubs, that was a figure of speech watering down something that might otherwise sound like "flattering" or a "white lie". When I talk to ladies I am trying not to sound too forward with my compliments - but not that I am never tempted to, and such was the case with your hubs. You are a very intelligent lady, and no - there is nothing that you should make better in your hubs, as far as I am concerned.

As for pets, tomorrow my wife and I are taking a 5-week trip to her family in LA, and those folks have 6 dogs. Knowing my passion to understand people, I just might turn into a "doctor Doolittle" in these next 5 weeks. But cats, or any other pets are out of a question for me, I know that the absence of any animals after that time will be a big part of my saying "home, sweet home", as I am stepping in.


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Au fait 4 months ago from North Texas Author

ValKaras, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I'm glad you found most of my articles that you have read interesting and I would ask which ones you've read that you didn't find interesting? Maybe I could jazz 'em up a little if I know which they are . . . :)

If you get a cat I recommend you get 2 cats. That way they will keep each other company when you can't be there or just aren't in the mood. I, too, am a cat person, though I'm allergic to them so I can't have one anyway. Dogs would never do well if you don't give them lots of attention, but cats are quite fine, but do need some attention. That's why I recommend 2 cats. When I had a cat it was just a matter of making sure they had food and water available at all times. Unlike dogs, cats only eat when they're hungry so you can leave their food out for them all the time.

Yes, it's nice not to be tied down. :)


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ValKaras 4 months ago from Canada

First of all, it's a very interesting hub, Au Fait, and that actually goes for just about every hub of yours that I have read so far. As for pets, I don't have any, but I happen to like cats more.

Dogs somehow remind me of a human characteristic that is very strange to my nature. Namely, I am an out of the box thinker, my mindset is all about personal sovereignty and freedom from suggestive influence from society.

Needless to say, I am no one's "follower", like using my own mind - and in that respect cats are much closer to my nature. Also, I am a meditator, so my mind tends to "purr" as soon as the situation allows - but ready for an action in a blink of an eye.

Hey, if I continue...maybe I should buy me a cat after all, to be my inspiration, LOL.

Just kidding, with kids grown up and away, I don't need another obligation, freedom of retirement is so sweet.


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Au fait 4 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! As you probably read somewhere here, I prefer cats too. Dogs are nice, but they're so boisterous. As the studies that were done point out, we cat lovers are more inclined to be introverts, while dog lovers -- like dogs, tend to be more extroverted. I like to be around people for a while, but then I need time to recharge . . . glad you enjoyed this hub!


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Paul Kuehn 5 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is a very interesting hub and I don't dispute any of your findings. My sister who is a vet has a big old Shetlands sheep dog and close to a 100 cats. Ten live in the house and the remainder in either the barn or sheds. She treats some of her house cats like kids, and this is understandable because she doesn't have any children of her own. The dog, Brenny, is 13, deaf, and has a hard time getting up in the morning. Pat says she has to give him a pain pill every morning! I have never had my own pet, but am a cat person rather than a dog person. I guess it is because I find cats more affectionate. I am sharing this hub with HP followers and also on Facebook.


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing your story and for sharing this article! It's sad that the dog must be put down. You are almost certainly right about the dog having been forced to fight since it was so scarred up and was aggressive towards the other dog they brought in.

I know it isn't the fault of these dogs, but most of them have been bred at some point in their ancestry to be fighters and extremely aggressive. That makes them dangerous, and even though it isn't their fault, it really isn't safe to have them loose. While they may seem friendly at first, just the wrong thing can change their attitude pretty quickly. That's true of all dogs, except that all dogs have not been bred to be vicious.

There is no excuse for abusing animals.


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

I guess we cover both bases in our house having a cat and dog. Ha!

Speaking of dogs, we found a large pit bull dog on the loose today. In checking he had been roaming the neighborhood for days. He had a large chain link type collar & broken plastic type tie that obviously had allowed him to escape wherever he was kept.

We took him to an animal shelter...no room & found out many shelters do not even take pit bulls. Sad thing is that he was really friendly to people but had obvious scars on his head, neck and elsewhere and was probably used for fighting.

We did end up finding a shelter that will hold him for 3 days before euthanizing him. Makes me very sad but at the same time he is off the streets. When we were in the one shelter that we support and even have in our wills...a policeman brought in a large black dog to see if he had an implant which could identify the owner. This dog who was so sweet to people...even giving kisses...became very aggressive.

So at least he is now off the streets and will cause no harm to others. I have very evil thoughts towards people who abuse animals!

Will share this interesting article once again.


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Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas Author

Moonlake, so good to see you again! Thank you for commenting, and for voting on and sharing this article! I forgot what I was researching when I came across the information I've written here, but I was surprised that anyone had done studies about this subject. Glad you found it interesting.


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Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for the votes and share! What sort of animal one chooses for a pet does not make them smarter or less so. It is that more intelligent humans choose cats for pets. Also, people tend to have similar personalities to the pets they choose, dog lovers being more outgoing and active, etc. Cat lovers, like their favorite pet, tend to be more intellectual and introverted.


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moonlake 16 months ago from America

I'm crazy because I have 3 cats and 2 dogs. I love all of them, but they control my life. Right, this minute my new dog is under the table fussing at the cat. When I adopted him they told me he loved cats, they were wrong. If the cats learn to stand up to him he will back down. Interesting hub voted up and shared.


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Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago

Au fait this is a wonderful hub. I just came back to share this with people who have not seen it before. Also voted up, UAI.

As I said. I don’t think that either detracts or add to the intellect one way or another. A person can get attached to either one.

I think dogs are friendlier, and cats more aloof (maybe the word should be independent)

Hope all is well with you.

Blessings and Hugs


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W., so sorry about Dusty, but unfortunately none of us gets to stay young and healthy. But I understand that he was a member of the family and Peaches' best friend. Very sad. I'm sure he is missed.


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas Author

Colorfulone, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Also very much appreciate the pin.


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

Sadly we had to have Dusty euthanized several weeks ago. Our other cat Peaches is really missing him (as are we) but it was the kindest thing to do. The cause was an enlarged and inefficient heart with lungs and chest cavity filling with fluid. At his age the vet did not suggest any treatment. He and Peaches were inside cats together for 13 years. Dusty was around 15 years old.

Skippy (our dog) no longer has to be intimidated. Dusty was the dominant one of the 3.

Always sad losing a beloved pet.


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colorfulone 17 months ago from Minnesota

Dogs and cats are wonderful pets to have living in the home, they become like a part of the family fast. Right now I do not have either, but if I had to choose ... it would be a large dog. I love all animals. - Pinned!


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

TIMETRAVELER2, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! Yes, I know a lot of animal lovers who spend tons of money at the vet. Here they have a fee just for being willing to add an animal to their membership so to speak. It isn't really a membership, but they don't accept animals readily and so there's a fee for that and then the regular fees for exams/tests/etc.

I'm allergic to all animals (except maybe horses), so I have to avoid them as best I can. I used to have a cat a long, long time ago, and a we had dogs a lot because I grew up on a farm. Life is very inconvenient when everyone has at least one pet and I can't be around any of them.


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TIMETRAVELER2 18 months ago

This was interesting, but I don't know where I come into the picture because I love all animals equally! I've had dogs, cats, parrots, canaries, turtles...you name it, and have loved every single one of them. I do find that cats seem to be more "serious" and dogs more like clowns but I like both traits. One thing that bothers me about having any sort of pet is how expensive it has become to own one. A friend of mine has a little dog that started limping. She called a Vet and he wanted $600 to examine the dog and do Xrays. Really? Costs of keeping pets have become so high that they keep people from owning them. What a loss!


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for the votes and share, etc.

The personalities of cat lovers are different compare to the personalities of dog lovers, just like dogs and cats have different personalities. The more introverted cat person generally does better on IQ tests than the dog lover.

No matter. Dog lovers are usually preferred over cat lovers because they are more out going and friendly. There is a definite difference and there are some employers who are taking this into consideration nowadays when choosing employees, and yes, dog lovers have the advantage.

Hope you are feeling betterl and staying cool. Take care . . .


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for the votes and share, etc.

The personalities of cat lovers are different compare to the personalities of dog lovers, just like dogs and cats have different personalities. The more introverted cat person generally does better on IQ tests than the dog lover.

No matter. Dog lovers are usually preferred over cat lovers because they are more out going and friendly. There is a definite difference and there are some employers who are taking this into consideration nowadays when choosing employees, and yes, dog lovers have the advantage.

Hope you are feeling betterl and staying cool. Take care . . .


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Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago

Au fait this is a wonderful hub. I just came back to share this with people who have not seen it before. Also voted up, UAI.

I prefer dogs but like cats also. Thank you for the link to Trixie, she was a special dog.

To answer your question. I don’t think that either detracts or add to the intellect one way or another. A person can get attached to either one.

Hope all is well with you.

Take care and have a cool peaceful weekend


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Besarien, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject, and for telling me and my readers about the stink bug! :)


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Besarien 19 months ago

I couldn't choose between them. We have had wonderful pets of both species. I love other animals too. The older I get the more soppy I become. One year, we had a pet stink bug who stayed with us over the winter. He made a condo out of my basil plant. We spritzed the plant to give him water and let him have organic apple cores to eat. He seemed very happy. We were sorry to put him outside in Spring.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Ragoon House, thank you for commenting and sharing your thoughts on this article. Not many people could afford an English Mastiff for a pet, nor would they have the space. They would need a second mortgage and their own feedlot.


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Rangoon House 19 months ago from Australia

So interesting. I have had many cats and dogs, but have to say dogs have always been my favourite, and not any dog either - medium size is good and even though I think females are my preference, my husband recently reminded me that my male dogs have always been extremely special and particularly loving and loyal. Size definitely matters though - I don't think I could afford a "Hercules" as in your hub.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Lawrence01, thank you again for your interest in this article. Agreed!


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lawrence01 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

I agree with your assessment about Dogs and Cats. Dogs are very social animals and Cats really have strong opinions! But we love them really!


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Lawrence01, thank you for coming by and sharing your thoughts and experience about people and their pets. In fact the idea is that dogs tend to be outgoing social animals and their owners tend to be the same way. Cats are less social and very opinionated and solitary and their owners tend to share those attributes also. Glad you enjoyed this hub!


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for reading and commenting on this article, and for the votes, tweet, share, and G+! I'm glad you have a good sense of humor about it. I think there are smart people who love both dogs and cats, and probably a host of other creatures on this planet as well.


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lawrence01 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

We have both a Dog and two Cats and I can see how the results of the survey come about. The Dog is mine but he prefers my wife as she's there during the day (even though I'm the one feeds him). The Cats belong to my wife and daughter but when they want food who do they come to? Muggins here!! When we went away for a few days recently one Cat got her revenge by waking me at 5.30am. She did it by sitting on My alarm clock and meowing in my ear then running away every time I went to stop her only to return seconds later!

Having said that I think we love them equally and maybe it's the fact that in the dog lovers there's the group that keep the big dangerous Dogs and have no clue how to care for them but call themselves animal lovers Cats only get that big if you count Lions and Tigers which aren't really practical domestic pets. Loved the hub though


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi C.E. Well now I do not need to read this to answer the question but I will of course.

I already know the answer...yes!!! Except, (that is kind of like the proverbial 'but' because someone always has a 'but')...I do love pups too!!! So maybe I am only half as smart??!!!!

Great topic Voted up up and away Shared pinned g+ tweeted


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

k@ri, thank you for reading this article and sharing your thoughts on this subject! In fact some analysis has been done regarding people who love both cats and dogs as well as people who do not care for either. I wrote about them, but didn't put a lot into it since there wasn't really a lot to say about them.

See the section: The Breakdown on Where Different Participants Placed Themselves was as Follows. There you will see that the only people who are really different from each other to any degree are cat lovers. Everyone else pretty much share the same personality traits.

I've also written an article about fitting in. You might find that of interest.

Thanks again for coming by and Happy Holidays!


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k@ri 24 months ago from Sunny Southern California

As Au fait says, I am a cat and dog lover. If I could only have one it would have to be a cat. However, my idea of a perfect home includes a dog and a cat. I have more fun with my dogs, but I get more comfort from my cats. (not that my dogs don't comfort!)

Right now I have an American Staffordshire Terrier and she is wonderful...my favorite dog was a lab, but this one has a real running chance. (She is the most intelligent and compassionately clownish dog I have ever met)

I would love to see a study comparing cat lovers, dog lovers, and both lovers to each other. It seems my strengths lay in between these two descriptions, although I may be slightly more "cattish".

Knowing a dog is a pack animal and a cat is not, may be a reason more of us are "dog people" than "cat people". Obeying the rules and fitting in seems to be more important to many than being independent. This is just human nature. We are a "pack" species.

I do not think that we are any better being loners or pack, there are great strengths in each!

This was a great article!!


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Au fait 24 months ago from North Texas Author

rmcrayne, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! There are indeed many studies on who is smarter about this and that. People love to read these things and see how they measure up in the studies. My article on whether eye color and iris pattern determine one's personality and intelligence is my number one performer. That is the reason I write these articles. People like them.

Thanks again for stopping by and wishing you and your family a Wonderful happy holiday!


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Au fait 24 months ago from North Texas Author

Word55, glad you enjoyed this article!


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Au fait 24 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, so glad you find this article intriguing. Thank you for coming back and sharing it again. Indeed, it will soon be 2015! Thank you for your wonderful wishes and greetings and I wish you along with your family the very same!!


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rmcrayne 24 months ago from San Antonio Texas

Highly intelligent dog lover here. I like other people's cats just fine, but I don't want a cat of my very own.

Here are some other interesting IQ trends: On the whole, people with ADHD tend to be a few points higher on the IQ scale. Likewise atheists. I'd imagine there are at least some small studies out there for all kinds of personal preferences and differences.


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word55 24 months ago from Chicago

I had two dogs and a cat? I loved them very much. How smart should that make me? Thanks for such a great idea of an article Au fait.


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Peggy W 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

For some reason I keep being drawn back to this same article. Could it be that we are cat and dog lovers? Ha! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and upcoming New Year. The days of this year are counting down fast! Will share again.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Glassvisage, thank you for commenting on this article! No doubt there are some shared traits between dog and cat lovers, but many of the traits are opposites of each other so that would make for a very mixed up person.

While I too love both dogs and cats, if I could have only one pet, I would prefer a cat. That is how you decide what your favorite anything is. If you can choose only one of whatever it is, which one would it be? That is the one you prefer over all others if only one is possible. It doesn't mean you don't like/love the other choices, it just means out of all of them, the one you most want in your life is your favorite for whatever reason.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Dolores Monet, thank you for sharing your experience with cats. So glad you were able to overcome your allergies to cats. I wish I could have done that, but with every exposure my allergies only get worse. I react to being enclosed with cats almost immediately and it lasts for weeks. I'm allergic to all animals -- except maybe horses.

Actually, I believe researchers found that people who love both dogs and cats tend to have mostly dog lover's traits.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

My Bell, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for commenting, pinning to AH, and for sharing this article!


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glassvisage 2 years ago from Northern California

i wonder then if people who love both are a mix of both sets of traits?


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

Interesting article! I thought that since I have a cat, I am a cat lover. But I didn't go out of my way to get a cat, we rescued a kitten on a dark and stormy night. Oddly enough, cats used to make me sneeze. If I spent over 2 hours in a house with a cat, my eyes turned red and I was a mess. But, our cat causes me no problem. I was desensitized by holding a teeny one for about a month.


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My Bell 2 years ago

I'm definitely a dog person since I grew up with dogs and mostly because, unfortunately, I am allergic to cats. I do love all animals though and think that all pets deserve a loving home. Love this hub! The pics of stars with their pets are great!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I agree with you that keeping dangerous animals is not only foolhardy but if they harm or heaven forbid even kill people, charges can be brought against the people who owned them. Sharing this once again and will pin to Awesome HubPages.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! Also for sharing your related experience. I think this study says more about personality than it does about intelligence.


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DeborahDian 2 years ago from Orange County, California

I love this article. We have owned both cats and dogs, but more dogs than cats. I'll have to think about what this says about our intelligence.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. No, Pete never became overly aggressive or hard to manage. In fact he died of some disease when I was only 5 or 6, so I don't remember what it was.

Growing up on a farm, people tend to have a different attitude about animals. Ours were all very much like pets because there were so few of them at any given time, but at the same time they were not thought of like members of the family, not even the dogs.

We did have a couple of dogs over the years that got to where they couldn't be trusted around other people. They were then tied to limit their reach, but when they got to where my mother couldn't manage them, they were put down.

We had a large white dog named King when I was about 4 and one day when we were standing side-by-side I reached over to pet him and he turned his head and pinched the palm of my hand with his teeth. When I told my mother what had happened King was put down a few days later. My parents would take no chance that King might harm me or anyone else, but especially me because I was little. No, I didn't pull his hair or any of those things little children tend to do because I was taught not to.

I have a strong opinion about people owning animals they can't control and that end up hurting other people who just happen to be around minding their own business. These people such as we hear about on the news every once in a while who own animals that do terrible things to people, especially children, or who even kill people sometimes, would not want me on their jury if it came to that.

I understand better than most people, having grown up on a farm, that all animals have their own personalities and dispositions, etc., and yes they have feelings and intelligence not so different from people, but if that includes harming people, especially children, just because they're in a bad mood, or some other unacceptable reason, then people must be protected from them. Keeping such an animal is like leaving a loaded gun in a public place where anyone can pick it up and do what they will. It's not a matter of if, but when they will hurt somebody. There is no fence so infallible that a dog can't escape it with determination.

I know a lot of animal lovers will disagree with me, but I believe the safety and lives of people must come before that of animals. I like animals and they usually like me. Rarely have I encountered any animal that didn't like me, and I abhor the abuse of animals.

I prefer to let even bugs live so long as they're not harming me and not in my home, but certain bugs, fleas, mosquitoes, fire ants, etc., get no slack from me. Color them gone at the earliest opportunity. I will trap non-poisonous spiders and the like and take them outside, but fleas and such get the death penalty immediately.

Keeping an animal that is inclined to be mean or vicious, especially in crowded surroundings (city), but really anywhere, is not tenable IMHO. If you can't control your animal and insist on keeping it anyway, be prepared to answer for any harm it does. Sadly, the results of some animal attacks cannot be fixed. That is the reason I have such a hard line on this issue.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow...your dog Pete was certainly protective of your mother and you. Some dogs who are overly protective can actually become dangerous to others who may have absolutely no intent of doing harm. Hopefully he never overstepped his bounds.

It is such a shame that you are so highly allergic to animals now.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Lyns, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. It's interesting how certain personality traits are very common among cat lovers while people with other preferences have other very distinct and different personality traits.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I honestly don't know where people get the idea that dogs are loyal. Some of them are, but as you say, so are some cats. It's not my personal opinion that all dogs, or even most dogs are truly loyal.

I think it is a matter of individual personality. My dogs were only loyal to a point. They would do anything to get people to pet them. They didn't care who it was, and they would often take food from anyone. Fortunately we lived in the country, but even then dogs were poisoned by mean people.

Our dogs, however, did have their pecking order. My mother came first with them, me next (I was her baby), and then various of my sibs. They hated my father. They were always alert, and while willing to let anyone pet them, etc., if they sensed danger their loyalty to our family always won out.

Wrote about out dog Pete who escorted my mother's cousin around the back of our out buildings to look for a piece from an old binder that would repair his own. All was well 'til the cousin tried to walk with the part he found that he believed would work. He could look and pick things up and look them over all he wanted, but Pete wouldn't allow him to move until he had put the part back down. My mother had to go out to the old junk farm equipment with her cousin so he could get the part he needed.

Not my sibs or my father dared lay a hand on me if any of our dogs were around. My mother could do what she wanted, and so could I for the most part. Pete and the others would protect my sibs from strangers, but not from my mother or myself. We used to pretend fight around him sometimes and he reacted, never certain if we were just 'playing' or not, but making us aware that we had better be playing or he would settle it according to his own loyalties.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Mary615, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I am allergic to all animals and I miss not even being able to feed the wild animals since I live in an apartment.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Pamela Kinnaird W, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. Also for the votes, pin, and share. I hoped people would have fun reading this. So glad you enjoyed!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Rochelle Frank, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I was amazed at that cat attacking a dog like it did. I didn't know they would do such a thing and I thought people might enjoy seeing it. Cats are my favorites too, but I really love all animals and they usually love me too, but I can't be around any of them due to serious allergies. :(


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing your experience and for the share and Google+ share too! I'm allergic to almost everything in the world, but animal allergens are the worst for me. My doc told me the cure for animal allergies could well be worse than the allergy in that I could die. I took shots for several years and it helped with non-animal things.

One thing that I found very curious was that my allergies (except for animal allergies) would be nonexistent for a while after taking antibiotics. Now Ampicillin and it's relatives has no effect on me at all so I must live with my allergies.

Thanks again for sharing.


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lyns 2 years ago from USA

Wow, thanks for sharing this hub on dog and cat owners, I found this very informative I always wondered about why some people prefer dogs over cats, me I love them both, cats are so smart so are dogs but the cats have an intellect of cleanliness than dogs and personalities are so out there. I wasn't to surprise to find the results that cat owners have a higher IQ. Although all animal lovers to me are awesome it shows of sense to me of unselfishness. Thanks for sharing voted up and plus 7182141128 lyns


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, the personality traits, I can't agree with this one. Dogs are loyal that is true, but so are cats, but cat are in my opinion loyal to the person who takes care of them.

I know that you hubs are always non-bias that you get your facts from studies that have been done.

I find this very interesting and I am voting this up again UABI and sharing it again.

I hope you did not get flooded yesterday. I slept most of the day.

Blessings to you my dear friend.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for coming back and voting on and sharing this article again! Glad you got your printer/scanner working again.

The reason employers might care whether you prefer dogs or cats is because researchers have determined that most people have specific personality traits related to their preference. If you read the personality traits above you will see that all groups (except cat lovers), but especially the dog lovers group, have the more desirable traits that most employers are looking for. Cat people not so much.

There is of course the chance that the 'decider' will share an applicants preference and that could weigh in the applicant's favor.

For anyone reading these comments who thinks I am picking on cat lovers, let me say that even though I grew up with both dogs and cats and like them both, I tend to favor cats. I prefer their personalities and their independence. That is a mark against me if employers decide to consider pet preferences in their search for the perfect employee.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I am terribly allergic to cats, but I've always liked them a lot. Now, I just have my one Miniature Schnauzer who is my "money pit". She is sensitive to gluten, so I have to cook her chicken for her dinner~

This study was interesting, although I can't agree with some of the findings.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I enjoyed this very much. I'm a cat and dog and bird lover. Maybe one day there will be studies done to compare the three types of owners. Fun hub -- and I appreciated your studious workmanship. Voting up, sharing and pinning.


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

I grew up with kitties, and really prefer them to dogs, (yes, they require less attention) but we have had a lot of fine dogs, too. I love that video of the cat defending his boy by taking out the attack dog.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Au fait,

So sorry to hear that your allergies are that severe. Mine also bother me but from what my doctor recently said after an annual physical...so many people in Houston have been affected this past year...more than ever. Makes one wonder what is happening? Sharing this again and will G+ this.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Danext, thank you for sharing your preferences and thoughts on this subject. There really is no wrong answer. We all have our preferences for as many reasons as there are people. I've had both dogs and cats.

As for loyalty, when you're not there, either one will let other people pet them . . . ;)


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I am back to give this another shout out. This a fantastic hub, I don't know what difference it would make to an employer to know if you love cats or love dogs. What if he/she loved one or the other? Would he be biased toward the person that had his same likes/dislikes?

Voted up, UABI and shared again.

BTW, my scanner quit and I got an error message. I thought my husband's turning off the circuit breaker had something to do with it, but Epson had an up-date, which I downloaded after I spent the afternoon trying to trouble shoot the problem.

Hope you have a good night.


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Danext 2 years ago from Tanzania

Well to be honest, i'm a die-hard dog fan...and i hated cats very much, but after i saw that video when that cat saved that boy from a vicious neighbor's dog, my faith in cats have been restored to some extent...now i don't hate them, i'm indifferent..;-).....i like loyal animals, and dogs are the most loyal animals there is out there.....


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Torrilynn, thank you for commenting. As stated in this article, there are exceptions to every rule.

Majority means 51% or more. It doesn't mean 100%. While the majority of cat lovers who took the intelligence test scored higher than the majority of dog lovers on that same test, there were no doubt a few dog lovers who also scored very high -- those are the exceptions.

Unless you have taken this test and had your score compared to the cat lovers who took it, you really can't know for sure that you would not have done as well or better than they did.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Teaches12345, thank you for stopping by. Why do you think you must choose one over the other and quickly? Lots of people love both.

It is likely however, that employers will start using these studies in their decision making about who they will hire, because people who prefer one over the other usually have certain specific personality types.

In fact it is people who prefer cats who have the most distinct personality and while they may score higher on the intelligence tests they do not have the characteristics most employers look for.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by jainismus. Most people of both sexes prefer dogs (45%). Only 11% of participants in this study preferred cats and they included both sexes also.


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torrilynn 2 years ago

I've had a dog but not a cat, but I would like to think that my intelligence level is still high i guess. : ) thanks for the read.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

We have had both in our home at the same time years ago, but now we have none. Guess we better choose one quickly! Love your analysis on this topic.


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jainismus 2 years ago from Pune, India

Nice article. Do most women love cats and men love dogs?


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Elizabeth Bowers for reading and commenting on this article! I love both dogs and cats too, and yet favor cats. They seem less demanding and yet they are affectionate. The personality traits do seem to fit most people. Thanks for the follow too!


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Elizabeth Bowers 2 years ago from Tennessee

As a cat lover, I can say that the personality traits pretty much hit the nail on the head. :) I love dogs too, but cats are definitely my favorite. I'm going to tell my dog-loving friends I'm smarter than them just so I can see their reactions lol... Very interesting hub and study you wrote about! I will definitely be looking at more of your work!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Glad you could stop by Glenda. I don't know. My dog wanted to play with a skunk and the skunk didn't appreciate it. No matter how many times the skunk sprayed the dog right in the face/eyes, the dog just kept going for more. How smart is that? My cats always gave skunks a wide berth. But I have had several smart dogs. Take care . .


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Writer Fox, thank you for reading, commenting, and pinning this article! You are correct in that cats rarely cause as much damage of any kind as dogs and seldom attack their owners, though one might want to be careful with their young children, especially babies and toddlers.

Several years ago when I was still living in Wisconsin I saw 5 of those huge English mastiff dogs at our county fair. They just laid around a big hay wagon that the owners used to transport them and didn't get at all excited about all the people milling around. I expect the owners had to take out a third mortgage just to feed them. They were all just as big as the one in the photo I placed on this hub. I couldn't believe there were dogs that big in the world, but I saw them myself.

Thanks again for taking time to read, etc., and glad you enjoyed!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for reading and commenting, and also for the votes and shares. Yes, I have read about Trixie and she was quite a dog and you wrote an excellent tribute to her that all pet lovers should read. In fact, I like that article of yours so well I'm going to create a link to it right now.

Hope you're having a great weekend!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for your continued interest in this article. I am allergic to everything in the world (well, except for 1 or 2) and should probably be in a bubble. I was treated for 5 years for the non-animal allergies, but I can't say it made them any better. I was told the cure for my animal allergies might be worse than the problem and I could die from the cure. I get asthma and now it lasts for weeks from even a small exposure to most animals.

I didn't get rid of my cat when I was first diagnosed with cat allergies, but we lived in the country and it eventually got run over by a car. I just never got any more pets.

I think it was reprehensible that the doctor at the time knew he would be introducing a new allergy to me by testing me for it. As I said, he tested for some things, including cat, with the under the skin test like they do with TB tests, so it got the allergen well into my system making me more allergic to cat than I am to other things I've been allergic to for years longer -- cows, pigs, etc. from growing up on a farm. My reaction to the things he tested me for with that testing method is far worse than to those things he did a scratch test for.

Allergies can be life threatening and certain things do give me asthma, sinus congestion (not just a runny nose), and huge welts all over my body. My skin then feels hot and dry and itches like crazy. Fire ant bites cause that reaction for one thing. I know as a nurse you are aware of most if not all of these reactions people have to allergens.

A person who suffers so many allergies really does have to live a different kind of life from 'normal' people. I can't go into houses that have pets, not even just a bird. Maybe a fish . . ;) I'm allergic to my own daughter because she is usually covered with cat hair from her 2 cats.

Hope you're having a good day. Thanks again for coming by and for the pin also.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

This was SO interesting! I pinned the picture of the giant mastiff - personally, I would be afraid to own a dog that big. One big difference between cats and dogs is that, historically, dogs have killed and maimed more people than pet cats have. Something to think about.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Patty Inglish, MS, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Sounds like a good possibility that would be helpful to both the prisoners and the feral cats. A shame people don't take better care of their pets so that they don't end up populating to the point that they are sick and miserable.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Glenda, so glad you could stop by and that you enjoyed the video!


Glenda 2 years ago

I like both dogs and cats, I don't prefer one over the other. I think dogs are smarter than cats.But there are some exceptions to that rrule.

Have anice day.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I do suffer from allergies but have never been tested. If I found out I was allergic to cats or dogs, we would live with the ones we have anyway as there is no way I would get rid of them until they die from natural causes. I think from observation mine are more seasonal and when I walk or work in the yard...especially spring and fall...they are worse. Too bad you are allergic! They can be such great companions.

Pinning this to my animals board.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I grew up with mostly a dog, but we did have a few cats for a couple of years when I was 7-8 years old. After I married and left home I had a cat for a while, but then when I was tested for allergies, the doc tested me for cats. He did the under the skin kind of test like they do for TB and I then became allergic to cats. Before that, I could rub my face on my beautiful black cat with no problems. Now I am allergic to all animals -- except maybe horses, but they're hard to get up the stairs to my apartment . . .

All animals seem to like me. I have only rarely run across a dog that was belligerent. I used to feed the wildlife, but now I don't live where I can do that and I miss it. We had the funniest squirrels, the most talented song birds (and other interesting birds too), and the cutest possums. The babies were like little fur balls scurrying around. You're so lucky to be able to have pets.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Billybuc, thank you for coming by. As I pointed out, even though most cat lovers scored higher than most dog lovers on the intelligence tests, there was the odd one dog lover that scored even or slightly above cat lovers and of course there was the odd cat lover that didn't do so well. There are exceptions to every rule and I have never heard or read about a study that had exactly 100% results one way or another. I feel certain you would do well on any intelligence test.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I love both, but you have read about Trixie.

The cat that attacked the dog that was attacking the little boy, that is a wonderful cat.

I love this article. Voted up UABI and shared.


Glenda 2 years ago

This is an amazing cat that loved the little boy so much this is a wonderful hub. I really did enjoy reading this.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America

Here's a related finding in my state (Ohio) -- We have over 500,000 feral or otherwise homeless cats at local animal shelters and over 500,000 prisoners who have mental health disorders. Since training dogs helps both male and female prisoners in a number of ways, I wonder if socializing the cats could not help them as well? Of course, litter boxes in everyone's cell is going to make life different.

Interesting Hub!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I grew up with dogs and cats and while my hubby and I had only dogs for many years, we now have both and love them both. Interesting study. We wear our dog and cat hairs on our clothes proudly. Ha! Sharing this and will give it a tweet.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, we have three dogs and no cats, so I'm not sure what that says about our intelligence level. LOL Interesting read.

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