Are You a Dog Person?

Are You a Dog Person?

According to research conducted by a psychologist from University of Texas at Austin, there really are dog people and cat people, with notable qualities distinct in each type.

The study, published in the journal Anthrozoos, found that individuals who define themselves as dog people are more extraverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than self-described cat people. Fans of felines, on the other hand, were found to be more neurotic, but also more open than their canine-loving counterparts.

Project leader Sam Gosling says, “There is a widely held cultural belief that the pet species -- dog or cat -- with which a person has the strongest affinity says something about the individual's personality.” He adds, “Given the tight psychological connections between people and their pets, it is likely that the differences between dogs and cats may be suited to different human personalities.”

It remains an open question, however, whether the pet takes on certain aspects of the owner’s personality and lifestyle, or if owners tend to select a pet that matches their own attributes. All of these factors probably come into play.

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Posted on March 19, 2011

dell says: why who a person have 11 dogs kept in there back yard all year long

Posted on March 8, 2011

topher says: We have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, a donkey, 9 chickens, a rooster and 12 ducks down at the pond.

Posted on January 26, 2011

Foxxie says: Tammy, that makes you an animal hoarder.

Posted on December 23, 2010

Tammy says: I have 9 cats and 3 dogs...what does that make me...besides an animal lover ?

Posted on December 15, 2010

nita says: i'm into birds. Does that make me "flighty"?.....

Posted on December 20, 2010

Sue says: I have 2 dogs and a horse!

Posted on December 22, 2010

yolanda says: the article didn't really say anything about why people make choices -- fluff

Posted on December 6, 2010

Mags says: To Cappie, that makes you a zoo keeper person!

Posted on November 8, 2010

Cappie says: I have two dogs and three cats,what kind of person does that make me?

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