What Does Your Pet Say About Your Personality?

Are you a “dog person” or a “cat person?”  Did you know your preference in pets could have a lot to say about your personality?

According to LiveScience.com, a new study has found significant differences between dog lovers and cat lovers.  People who said they were dog people tended to be more energetic and outgoing — and also tended to follow rules closely.

Cat people, on the other hand, were more introverted, more open-minded and more sensitive than the dog people. Cat people also tended to be non-conformists, and more likely to rebel against rules.

And here’s something that will definitely spark rivalries among pet owners, cat lovers scored higher on intelligence than dog lovers.

Denise Guastello, a professor of psychology at Carroll University in Wisconsin, says part of the reason for the personality differences may be related to the types of environments cat or dog people prefer,.

She says “It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog. If you’re more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”

By the way, dog lovers found companionship to be the most attractive quality in their pet dogs, while cat people liked the affection from their cats.

Dr. Guastello says it’s possible that people may select pets based on their own personality.  For example, cats are often seen as independent animals that keep to themselves, and are cautious of others.

So I should share with you that I have a labradoodle puppy at home.  So I tend to be playful and I like to chew on furniture.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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