Dog lovers, don’t shoot the messenger! A new study out of Carroll University in Wisconsin says that cat lovers are more intelligent than puppy people.Cat lovers scored higher than dog lovers—some would say, purr-fectly—on personality aspects traditionally associated with intelligence, such as introversion, open-mindedness and sensitivity. Dog lovers were more energetic and outgoing, and more likely to follow rules.Researchers asked 600 students whether they would identify themselves as dog lovers or cat lovers, and what qualities they found most attractive in their pets. Participants also had their personalities assessed.
Part of the reason for the personality differences may be related to the lifestyle cat or dog people prefer, says Denise Guastello, the associate professor of psychology who presented the findings at the annual Association for Psychological Science meeting. “It makes sense that a dog person is going to be more lively, because they’re going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog, says Guastello. “Whereas, if you’re more introverted, and sensitive, maybe you’re more at home reading a book, and your cat doesn’t need to go outside for a walk.”Stereotypical, yes. But maybe we really do pick pets based on our own personality. For example, cats are often seen as independent animals that keep to themselves, and are cautious of others. “If you’re like that, you appreciate that in an animal, it’s a better match for you,” Guastello said.
Friends of felines, go on, brag.
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