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Are You a Cat Person of a Dog Person?

Updated on June 14, 2011

Where people tend to be attracted to people who are opposite of themselves, they tend to have more an affinity to animals more like themselves.

Dogs are more likely to be loyal and loving, whereas your average cat will be independent and low-maintenance. And, believe it or not, you may be more like your pet than you ever thought. Dog people tend to need a little training, whereas a cat person may be a little standoffish.

A study of 4,500 people showed that 46% of people are identified as dog people, 12% cat people, 28% a little of both, and 15% neither cat nor dog people. This study included a 40 question, questionnaire.

Continue reading to find out if you're really the dog person you thought you were, or if you're really more of a cat person. I thought I was a dog person, as I'd much rather a pet dog than cat, but I have the personality of a cat; go figure.

The Typical Dog Person

Dogs tend to be energetic, loyal, and easy to get along with, which pretty much explains who and what a dog person is. Studies show that the personality of a dog person much resembles that of their beloved dog. There are always exceptions, such as the dog person who just isn't and extrovert, but on average, dog people mirror the traits of dogs.


Dog people are about 11% more conscientious than cat people. This makes dog people self-disciplined and planners. They also tend to have a strong sense of duty.


Dog people are more likely to be extroverts than a cat person. As a group, dog people are 15% more extroverted than cat people. This makes dog people more outgoing, enthusiastic, positive, and energetic.


Dog people are about 13% more agreeable than cat people, making them trusting, altruistic, kind, affectionate, and sociable.

The Typical Cat Person

The same concept that says a dog person is more likely to follow the traits of a dog, says that a cat person is going to follow some of the same characteristics of a cat. Cat people are just more curious, unconventional, and prone to worrying.


Cat people are about 12% more likely to become easily stressed. Cat people are just more neurotic, anxious, and worrisome.


Surprisingly, cat people are 11% more likely to be open. Cat people tend to be more curious, creative, artistic, and non-traditional thinkers.

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    • earnestshub profile image


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Animal person here. I must admit the cats are a little trying at times, and the dog is an affection seeker of some renown. We have a parrot as well, and when in the tropics I needed my half a dozen geckos inside the house just to keep the insects honest, and to watch their incredibly fast anti gravity antics.

      My first pet was a giant huntsman spider who chose to ride on my nose much to my mothers disgust.

      Yes you can tame a huntsman!

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      For 19 years I had a cat and would describe myself as a cat-person. Now I have an almost 1-year old beagle and I thought I was becoming a dog-person just because I love her so much and now see why people loving having a dog for a pet. But according to your descriptions, I guess I am still a cat person. The line about dog's being extroverts couldn't be more true for my beagle. She loves anything living and insists upon receiving a greeting from everyone that glances her way.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Hubby and I inherited Dog the cat from Katie Baby and Dog thinks he is one. Very warrior like but very affectionate, loves my David even when David is scratching his back nd saying "you dumb cat, what do you want, I dont have anythig for you " but Dog knows by tone and touch he has hubby wrapped around his finger all the time! HHHMMMM so does Katie Baby....a bit of coincidence there? thik so as we have had Dog for nearly 9 years now and plenty of opportunity for baby girl to take him back but she will say, "No, Momma, you and Daddy need to keep Dog, he loves you both so" now you tell me do we need to get out our waders or is it just getting a bit deep in here?

      wonderful hub Whitney as usual and LOOK you are 100!!!

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      7 years ago

      I love both cats and dogs and all animals in general very much. But I think I love cats a little bit more than dogs. I think I am a cat person

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      7 years ago from USA

      I would have to say that I am both. I show the personality of both and I am a lover of cats and dogs. (Even though some of my hubs may not display this.) I love cats and dogs that have unique markings on their fur and unique personalities. Great hub with some interesting food for thought...Thanks!

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      7 years ago from Florida

      So, I am definately a dog person. Sometimes I think I live my dog more than people.

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      clark farley 

      7 years ago

      so the results show that 'dog people' are clearly more literate and (just kidding, cat people)

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      7 years ago

      A challenger approaches: Lizard person!

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      Phoebe Pike 

      7 years ago

      I'm a mix of both of both... I guess that makes a "dat person" or is it a "cog"?

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      7 years ago

      I think I like dogs better.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It seems to me that there are dog owners of all personalities.It might make a difference in what kind of dog. Some folks have both.According to your article I am a dog owner with a cat personality, but I like dogs and have since I was a kid.She, introverted people often want dogs because they have trouble making friends with people. the last thing they need is a cat that ignores them.

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      7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Cat person here! I love cats! no matter what people say. they're definitely better pets than dogs. And their furry little faces are just oh so cute.. :)


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