Cat Lovers vs. Dog Owners: Who Does Science Say is More Intelligent?


Are you a cat person or a dog person? Cats…either you love them or you don’t. Dogs, well, they are known as man’s best friend. Of course, you can like both, but whether or not you actually admit it, you probably have a preference. The truth is that there has been quite an intense rivalry between cat and dog lovers since the beginning of time, which is likely to intensify when you learn the results of a recent study.

Which One is it?

Are you more a fan of the aloof, independent, curious, and occasionally cuddly and playful cat? According to stereotypes, you’re probably female and known for being a bit judgmental, snooty, hard to read, and destined for a life of loneliness. Maybe you prefer to spend your time with a high energy, highly affectionate dog who is always trying to please. According to stereotypes, you are athletic, the life of the party, and as easy to read as an open book. Now, there’s just one question? Who is smarter?

Research Says…

For all of you die-hard cat lovers, you’ll be happy to know that what you’ve always claimed to know is the truth. Research shows there is a quantifiable difference between people’s animal preference, but here’s what you’ve been waiting on. Studies suggest that cat lovers are more intelligent than dog lovers.

At the 2014 Association for Psychological Science Meeting, Denise Guastello, a researcher and associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, WA, offered a presentation on the characteristics of pet owners, based on a study researchers at the university had recently completed. It seems that not only can do you see different personality traits in cat lover or dog lover, but they also have different intelligence levels. Cat lovers scored higher on intelligence than dog lovers, although this is partly due to the types of environment they prefer.

According to Guastello, “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.” On the flip side, “…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.”


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