Personality Differences Betweeen Cat and Dog Owners

Who are dog and cat owners out there? Well, if you are, then you should know the differences between your personality as cat and dog owner.

According to the study, people who own cats have university degrees than those with dogs. Does it mean that cat owners are more intelligent that dog owners? Well, as an opinion, the result of the survey just shows that most of cat owners have more formal education than dog owners.

On the other hand, based on the pet personality project of Quirkology, dog owners are saying the most fun to be with while cat owners are most dependable and emotionally sensitive.

Sam Gosling, a psychologist at the University of Texas in Austin and his graduate student Carson Sandy conducted a web-based study. It is called Big Five personality dimensions and psychologists often use this to study personalities. Forty four item assessments were given to 4,565 individuals and asked whether they are dog people or cat people, neither or both.

As the dogs are said more sociable than cats based on their nature, the dog owners are evaluated as sociable as he might reflect on the personality of his pet. The study showed that dog owners are generally extroverted and agreeable. It is also said that dog owners are more conscientious than cat owners. Dog owners have the tendency to show self-discipline, very diligent and aiming for achievements.

In contrast with the cat owners, they are more neurotic, open-minded and creative than dog owners. Being an open-minded person, they are generally having an appreciation for art, emotion, ideas, and imagination. Cat owners are more likely to hold unusual beliefs and tend to have more traditional interests.

Gosling studies showed that people who owned only cats are somewhat different to the dog owners or people who owned both dogs and cats in terms of their personalities. People who own both dogs and cats are somehow much like to the dog owners.

In addition, Dr. Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia performs a study and he found out that cat owners are relatively introvert, meaning he or she is less sociable, relatively cool and have low dominance. But they are tending to be fairly trusting.  The study also shows that most of the cat owners like to live alone and live in an apartment while dog owners are tending to get married, live in a house and to have children.

The curiosity about the personality differences between cat and dog owners gives Gosling and Coren to conduct a study. That gives a result about the Big Five traits (openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) by Sam Gosling and his student, Carson Sandy and the Interpersonal Adjective Scale that measures extroversion, dominance, trust and warmth, by Dr. Stanley Coren.