Dog People, Cat People Really Are Different
And study finds one group may be smarter
By Derek Andersen, Newser User
Posted May 28, 2014 9:15 AM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
Are you a dog person or a cat person?   (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre, File)

(Newser) – "Dog people" and "cat people" may both fall into the animal lover category, but they're not exactly cut from the same cloth, a new study finds. Carroll University researcher Denise Guastello and her team surveyed 600 college students and found cat lovers to be more open-minded, sensitive, and non-conformist than the dog-fancying majority, which, besides being more outgoing, was more inclined to follow rules. Perhaps the most contentious finding of those presented on Saturday: Cat lovers emerged as more intelligent, LiveScience reports, without elaboration.

The findings echo a 2010 survey that found dog people to be 15% more extroverted and cat people to be 11% more open (indicating they are less likely to have conventional beliefs), Psychology Today reported. Guastello suggests that the mechanics of caring for the respective creatures may play a role—dogs need walks, while introverted cat lovers can curl up with a book. Cat people reported most valuing the affection cats offer, while dog lovers most appreciate the companionship, she adds. As for the breakdown of our own affections, roughly 60% of those surveyed professed to being dog people, while 11% identified as cat people; the rest said they were both or neither. Guastello noted the results could differ among other age groups. (In other dog/cat news, the dog tackled by a "hero cat" has been put down.)

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isitdoneyet
Aug 31, 2014 9:45 AM CDT
I'm in Mensa. IQ above 140. Cats are worthless as pets. Dogs are great. The article is bunk.
Kylie Marie Summerling
Jun 15, 2014 10:53 AM CDT
Of course cat people are more "open." Most of them are spinsters desperate for a man but since they can't get one have to find love in a cat.
Rondo
Jun 2, 2014 12:35 PM CDT
If a dog hears a strange noise outside your house, he is more apt to alert you and run toward whatever it is. If a cat hears a strange noise it is more likely to run away and hide.