Dog people may be more competitive. Studies have found that dog people are more competitive than cat people. This did not translate, however, into being “more assertive” or "narcissistic.” In studies, dog people were also found to show higher levels of extroversion. In one study done by a team of researchers, including Samuel D. Gosling, self-identified cat people and dog people were evaluated against the Big Five personality traits. They found that dog people were not only more extroverted but also less neurotic than cat people.
Cat people could be more intelligent and show more intellectual curiosity. On the other hand, though, a study of 600 college students found that people who prefer cats as pets scored higher on intelligence tests and were also more “intellectually curious.” They were found to be more introverted and sensitive.
Cat lovers mirror their pets in being nonconformist. In this study, cat people were discovered to be “nonconformist,” says Streep, which may mirror the independence that cats display, and there was also no evidence that they are neurotic!
Cat and dog people have different motives. Cat people and dog people, says Streep, have different motives for having a pet. Studies show that 38% of those who care for dogs do so for companionship while 45.6% of those with pet cats want affection.
Cat people may be liberal while dog people are conservative. Streep cites a Time Magazine survey that concluded that cat lovers tend to be liberals, while conservatives have a preference for dogs. It would seem, she says, that your preference of a cat or dog “may reflect your view of the world.”
Be wary of stereotypes. Streep does, however, warn against falling into stereotypes when it comes to identifying the characteristics of cat and dog lovers. There is a tendency towards seeing cat people as feminine or gay and dog people as masculine, she says, citing a blog post by sociologist Lisa Wade, who says that the distinction between the two groups is a “gendered one.”
Should cat people marry dog people? While there is enough space on the planet for both dog and cat people, says Streep, the jury is out on whether people should intermarry! So far, the research says that couples who don’t share the same pet preference when it comes to dogs and cats may find that social situations are tense when they go out together (something to do with being on opposite ends of extroversion and introversion), that cleanliness becomes a problem and they are never able to agree on how their home should be decorated.