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Dog People vs. Cat People: What Pet Preference Says About You
ABC News ^ | March 9, 2012 | Dan Harris and Keturah Grey

Posted on 03/10/2012 5:18:38 AM PST by Zakeet

Ask anyone on the street whether they're a cat or a dog person, and chances are, they've got a quick answer. Like the choice between Coke or Pepsi, or chocolate or vanilla, how you respond to cats versus dogs could say a lot about you.

"Dog people are a little more outgoing," a dog owner at the Westminster Dog Show told ABC News. "Cat people are a little more aloof, because that's just how cats are."

Karen Hessel, the proud "mama" to 3-year-old Ripley, a golden retriever, said, "They say that cats are very intelligent but I haven't seen that yet in a cat, but I know my dog is brilliant."

Over at the Black Diamond Cat Show in Kimberton, Pa., cat owners were telling a different story, saying intelligence is the key difference between dog and cat owners. Cat people, they say, are simply smarter.

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A major study at the University of Texas shows that there really is a difference between "dog people" and "cat people."

Those who define themselves as "dog people" are more extroverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than self-described "cat people." Those who love felines, though, were found to be less traditional, more creative and more neurotic.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: cats; dogs; kittyping; pets
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Obozo likes dogs because they help him project a certain image

1 posted on 03/10/2012 5:18:41 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
"They say that cats are very intelligent but I haven't seen that yet in a cat, but I know my dog is brilliant."

Cats figured out that you'll feed them anyway.
2 posted on 03/10/2012 5:24:04 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: Zakeet

He doesn’t like dogs. It was just PR. I don’t know what he likes. Golf, I guess.


3 posted on 03/10/2012 5:25:19 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: squarebarb

I must be very confused then because I have dog’s and cats, love them all. Gus my lab and Woodrow my cat are best buddies. They all hate Maggie the Jack Russel.


4 posted on 03/10/2012 5:33:00 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: Zakeet
My dog doesn 't stalk my goldfish,
he curls up beside the brooder while the new peeps grow (I think he likes the heat lamp),
he let's us know if someone has come visiting (strangers are a different bark than for friend or family),
he greets us with kisses when we get home from anywhere no matter how long or short the separation,
he smiles,
he was born 9 or so years ago at the neighbors house (that is no longer there) and he patrols that area still
often seen sitting like Balto surveying his charge .. the mayor of the neighborhood (we live rural and that 'perch' is on a hill .. very picturesque),
when my Filipina wife came to the house for the first time two years ago, Bubba instinctiveky knew she needed more than just me and my relationships and adopted her as his resposability,


and his name is Bubba, some black Lab lookin' Heinze 57.

5 posted on 03/10/2012 5:34:02 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Dusty Road

I may be even more confused, I have a cat that thinks he’s a dog and a dog that thinks she’s a cat. Maybe it all balances out and I’m completely normal?

The “bi-petual” classification in the article cracked me up! LOL


6 posted on 03/10/2012 5:39:36 AM PST by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Zakeet

Cats. If you understand them, they are not boring...


7 posted on 03/10/2012 5:44:17 AM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: Zakeet

I used to consider myself a dog person, but (over the years) I’ve had both.

Dogs are friendlier, more loyal, and better for guarding the home. But they are also needier, nosier and dirtier.

Cats are cleaner and quieter, but very independent—they will only pay attention to you when they damn well want to. And, yes, they are awesome at catching mice.

I currently have a dog, but feel guilty about it as I don’t (can’t) spend as much time with it as I should. As a result, I think its rather lonely.


8 posted on 03/10/2012 5:44:44 AM PST by rbg81 (Only taxpayers should be allowed to vote)
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To: Dusty Road

my Mom had a jack russel... what an annoying creature.


9 posted on 03/10/2012 5:46:57 AM PST by brivette
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To: knarf

>> My dog doesn ‘t stalk my goldfish,

My cat doesn’t engage in non-stop “serial barking at nothing” like my @#$%^&* neighbors’ dogs do.

Dogs bark-bark-barking antagonize my neurosis and interfere with my aloof introverted neurotic creativity. :-)


10 posted on 03/10/2012 5:51:21 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: brivette
my Mom had a jack russell... what an annoying creature.

Gospel truth...

11 posted on 03/10/2012 5:52:26 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: brivette; who knows what evil?

>> my Mom had a jack russel... what an annoying creature.

You got it! I’m not a psychopath (at least, my psychiatrist says I’m not *quite* there yet :-) ), but listening to a Jack Russell terrier barking in the distance will get me to devising clever but cruel forms of animal torture in my head...


12 posted on 03/10/2012 5:57:41 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: who knows what evil?

What about people with birds and a dog?

Birds make excellent watchers, because they give different vocalizations depending on what they see. I can tell who is coming home by my birds who look out the window and start to great the different members of my family. They also comment on the wild life in my back yard, distinguishing between scary hawks and owls, and friendly deer and possums, etc.

The best calls are when it is something they have not seen before.

The dog doesn’t even wake up.


13 posted on 03/10/2012 6:00:45 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: Nervous Tick

Bubba talks when he needs to ... no other time.


14 posted on 03/10/2012 6:02:43 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

>> Bubba talks when he needs to ... no other time.

I *like* those kinds of dogs just fine.

It’s the ones that bark just because they can that drive me nuts.

Actually, I blame their owners. A lot of people with dogs are really inconsiderate about their damned animals barking. They must think people around them ENJOY the “sweet music” coming from their pwecious neglected mutts’ throats.


15 posted on 03/10/2012 6:06:00 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick
...but listening to a Jack Russell terrier barking in the distance will get me to devising clever but cruel forms of animal torture in my head...

...rivaled only by those small yapping dogs who bare their teeth and throw themselves at the window glass when you walk by their owner's car in the parking lot. I always wondered what they would do if the glass disappeared while they were 'performing'...the dog HAS to know I could remove his head like a 40-watt bulb from a defective socket.

Lighten up, fang...not interested in your master's car, or anything in it.

16 posted on 03/10/2012 6:06:35 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Birds would make great pets...but they wouldn’t last in my house, unfortunately.


17 posted on 03/10/2012 6:07:51 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

>> the dog HAS to know I could remove his head like a 40-watt bulb from a defective socket

Maybe it doesn’t know... keep in mind that that little 40-watt bulbhead doesn’t hold a whole lotta brains...


18 posted on 03/10/2012 6:09:06 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Zakeet
my Mom had a jack russell... what an annoying creature

Your mom or the dog ?

19 posted on 03/10/2012 6:09:06 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: layman

ROFL!


20 posted on 03/10/2012 6:10:15 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: brivette

I was part of the horse crowd in my younger days, and it seemed the horse people all had JR’s.....I came to the conclusion they are dogs with a severe case of ADHD and needed psycho therapy .....it also did not help that cute dog, Eddie on Frazier caused people to adopt those dogs.....fast forward to my current life, 3 weeks ago today we adopted a dog from a no kill shelter and he is clearly a JR mix....when I saw him he captured my heart but my head was saying “are you nuts?”.....as it turns he is a great dog and the terrier bark gene is missing.....

JR’s can be great dogs but they need the right owners that provide a stimulating environment for them or those dogs will find their own “fun”


21 posted on 03/10/2012 6:11:39 AM PST by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: Nervous Tick
Maybe it doesn’t know... keep in mind that that little 40-watt bulbhead doesn’t hold a whole lotta brains...

True, dat...:-)

22 posted on 03/10/2012 6:11:45 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: brivette
I love jack Russels! We have had 10 of them in the last 15 years, about half were rescues. They aren't all hyper, the rough coated Jacks have a calmer nature. We have 3 now and they are great watch dogs, no one sneaks up on us.
23 posted on 03/10/2012 6:12:45 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Zakeet

Even named the dog after himself .... B.O.


24 posted on 03/10/2012 6:28:00 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Zakeet

My cat owns me.

I work long hours and don’t want to walk a dog when I get home. My neighbors dog would howl at all hours and I wanted to put my foot up his kazoo everytime he started. One night he started at 6:30pm and howled until after 4am. He’s a Jack Russell! He now only barks at squirrels, rabbits, mailmen, tree leaves, the wind, his own gas, airplanes, children, clouds, and anything else that moves.

He has to be a libera. Stupid dog!


25 posted on 03/10/2012 6:35:20 AM PST by mardi59 (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: Ditter

I had a Jack Russell “Terrorist”, too! I’ve often said that if JRs were a large dog breed, they would rule the world. Megs kept me on my toes .... lots of fun. She was a rough-coat .... looked like someone had plugged her into an electrical socket and she could definitely act that way, too. I had horses so she had lots to keep her busy - quite the mouser ... I took her through a couple of levels of obedience training (several folks told me that JRs couldn’t be obedience trained - ha!) and she was one of if not the best working dog in the class ... smart as a whip and she loved to “work”. We had a few arguments over who was ‘pack leader’ once in a while, but not often .... she growled at me as a puppy and all hell broke loose (for her) so usually all I had to do was say her name in a sharp tone & stare at her and she’d back down. She died in her sleep at 13 .... sure do miss her lively, happy spirit around here.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 6:35:29 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Zakeet

I own a pug and they a definitely one of the dumbest creatures creatures ever put on God’s green earth. And also one of the most loveable. Losing her will be like losing one of the family. It WILL be losing one of the family. A good dog is the closest thing we will ever see to true unconditional love.


27 posted on 03/10/2012 6:38:48 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Kimmers

“...that cute dog, Eddie on Frazier caused people to adopt those dogs...”

Yes, my friend who is really an all-animal type person said you have to be careful with those dogs and they are not naturally how Eddie is on the show. They are very hyper in real life. They are a good size for a dog, though.

I’m totally a cat person, but if I ever did have a dog, about that size would be good for me.


28 posted on 03/10/2012 6:40:32 AM PST by jocon307
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To: rbg81

My cat routinely protects us from scorpions in the house. When she catches mice, she takes them to the jacuzzi (stadium) where the games begin. (gotta close the drain or she loses them there)


29 posted on 03/10/2012 6:44:24 AM PST by beefree
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To: Zakeet

When the weather is bad, I don’t have to take my cat out for a walk to poop. She has her cat pan.


30 posted on 03/10/2012 6:46:50 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: mardi59

Some dogs are noisy, cats have a soothing purr


31 posted on 03/10/2012 6:46:50 AM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: jocon307

my sister had a JR named Precious Kitty


32 posted on 03/10/2012 6:47:21 AM PST by beefree
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To: mardi59
He now only barks at squirrels, rabbits, mailmen, tree leaves, the wind, his own gas, airplanes, children, clouds, and anything else that moves. He has to be a liberal. Stupid dog!

ROTFLMAO!

33 posted on 03/10/2012 6:47:29 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: MissMagnolia

The rough/broken coats come from other terriers that were bred into the Jack Russel/Fox Terrier line over the years. They are the best but people always ask what kind of dogs. They are not very well known. One of my long coated ones is a super mouser, all he wants to do is hunt. The short haired typical looking Jack is a talented ball player and defiantly more high strung than the long coats. Yesterday at the vet clinic I saw a precious dog that would pass for a broken coated Jack. She was a Chihuahua West Highland Terrier cross. I could have stolen that dog! :D


34 posted on 03/10/2012 6:55:56 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Zakeet

Dogs arn’t bad eating kittens give me gas


35 posted on 03/10/2012 6:56:16 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Ditter
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36 posted on 03/10/2012 7:02:08 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road
Catching snowballs. Photobucket
37 posted on 03/10/2012 7:05:12 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: Zakeet

We have both, but I like the company of dogs better. Cats are just so damn aloof and anti-authoritarian. “You don’t want me to walk up here on the counter? I’ll do it anyway. Nah-nah-nanny-boo-boo.”


38 posted on 03/10/2012 7:06:10 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: Nervous Tick
...antagonize my neurosis and interfere with my aloof introverted neurotic creativity. :-)

Hate when that happens.

39 posted on 03/10/2012 7:15:14 AM PST by Overtaxed
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To: Zakeet

I’m a cat lady from stem to stern. I have four right now. Jack, my little soldier, who likes to play cat-wants-in, cat-wants-out all weekend. Fluff, the Queen, who wants a taste of whatever I’m eating, and likes to drink out of the bathtub tap. Skeek, the writhing satiny sidewinder snake, who squirms wildly when you pet her, and runs in terror from anything that makes a rustling noise, and Angel the all-white kitty who will play fetch-the-toy-mouse with me. I mean, she literally fetches it and brings it back. They make me happy.


40 posted on 03/10/2012 7:23:22 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: jocon307

Get a Jack Russell ‘Puddin’. They are shorter and squatter than a standard JRT. Technically, they’re not show quality because of their shortened stature.

We have one and he is sure a cuddly little guy. He’s around 15 pounds and sleep is his favorite hobby. When it comes time to walk or go in the car though, he is a ball of energy. Puddin’s are kind of the best of both worlds between a dog and a cat. We’ve had everything from a Newfoundland to a Russian blue cat. I’ve loved them all, but our pint-sized guy has really stolen my heart.


41 posted on 03/10/2012 7:28:11 AM PST by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: mplsconservative

A good dog is a member of the family...You are at best a convenience for a cat. A dog will comfort you when you’re down...A cat will simply find something less depressing to focus on. A dog makes every entrance after a long work day a red carpet one. A cat just doesn’t care unless it’s hungry. My dog doesn’t like liberals, and makes them uncomfortable with growling and pointed looks. My cat IS a liberal. If there’s a zombie apocalypse, my dog will be right there with me by my side as I try to survive...My cat will just say I’m on my own.


42 posted on 03/10/2012 7:47:20 AM PST by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Our little seal point siamese loves to fetch foam rubber earplugs, over and over and over... most mornings I find two or three left on the bed near my pillow.


43 posted on 03/10/2012 7:59:56 AM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: who knows what evil?

A former girlfriend had a canary.learning to call the cat was the bird’s downfall.


44 posted on 03/10/2012 8:00:47 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Kimmers

Bless you for adopting a mutt! (I’m a mutt; with one exception, all of my dogs were mutts. Most of them were strays. We have a little stray that looks like a cross between a Chihuahua and a corgi.) Mixed breeds are like a box of chocolates....


45 posted on 03/10/2012 8:03:20 AM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: Big Horn

My daughter has the most annoying Chihuahua, yips constantly and loudly. High strung. But another daughter has an Austrailian Blue Merl sheepdog and I love that dog to pieces.

Like cats, too, ‘cause they aren’t needy and neither am I.


46 posted on 03/10/2012 8:09:02 AM PST by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: Farmer Dean

Cats are just cool. Smart, graceful, clean, dependent, silly, quiet, intelligent, sweet and all of mine fetch. Dogs are so annoying and need to be kept outside. They are always smelly and love to roll in dirt, they are needy, clingy and need to be let out all the time...not to mention they are slobs. My friend got a Jack Russel to compliment her other dog and when the new dog at the poop of the other dog, she puked and took it back. LOL. I HATE going to someones house and their stupid dogs jump up on you and they think you want to pet it. One dog scratched up my legs and the owner thought nothing about it. They drool and are stupid....unless trained like puppets. I have had dogs growing up and loved them, but they weren’t mine...and i would only get one to keep outside in a fenced yard all the time as a guard animal...period. Give me the quiet, small, soft lovable kitty any day.


47 posted on 03/10/2012 8:14:28 AM PST by Fawn (Anyone but OBOZO!!!!)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Birds are by far the most intelligent pets. When was the last time anyone’s dog greeted them by name and asked them how their day was, in English?

Never.


48 posted on 03/10/2012 8:18:31 AM PST by datura (R.I.P. GOP - Time For Some TEA!)
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To: Zakeet

Too much dumb generalization in this article, IMO. I’ve always been a big animal lover, including dogs and cats, but cats have the edge with me. And I consider myself pretty outgoing-—not at all aloof.


49 posted on 03/10/2012 8:21:29 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Fawn

My wife and I have cats and dogs,Our German Shepherds get along just fine with the cats.I think that the key to success with dogs is training and also temperment.We also have 7 horses,who get along fine with the cats,but don’t think much of the dogs.A couple of the mares would love to kill the dogs if they got a chance.


50 posted on 03/10/2012 8:23:34 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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