The best way to find out if you and another person are going to be great friends, is to learn whether they like cats or dogs. This trivial question may seem meaningless or irrelevant to some. However, knowing if this person likes cats or dogs can tell a lot about their personality.
According to Psychology Today, a dog person is going to be more outgoing. They are also going to be more conservative in their beliefs. Dog lovers tend to be more competitive too, but they won’t be assertive about this fact. They also seem to prefer their pets being submissive to them. Dog owners do not have as long as a commitment as cat folks. Dogs typically last seven to 10 years old whereas cats live longer lives. Dogs also give their owners constant attention.
Cat lovers, according to Psychology Today, will be more liberal in beliefs. Cat people also score higher on an intelligence scale and are more curious about the world around them. Cat folks have a tendency to be more introverted and tend to not conform to the status quo. Cats, for the most part, are the polar opposite of dogs. They are more independent, and do not give their owners constant attention.
The stereotype of cat and dog people can also just be all tall tale. Some studies have found that it can also be tied to the gender roles. According to Gender Focus, in the article Dogs are for Boys, Cats are for Girls, society implies through subliminal messages that owning a dog is masculine. You never hear about the crazy dog women/man. You only hear about the crazy cat lady.
You can tell a lot about a person by learning about their interests. Next time you consider getting to know someone, it might be worthwhile to ask if they are a cat person or a dog lover.