1) Researchers have established some general conclusions about pets and their owners personalities:
- Fish owners are happiest.
- Dog owners are the most fun to be with.
- Cat owners are the most dependable and emotionally sensitive.
- Reptile owners are the most independent.
2) Yes, there are differences between cat people and dog people:
- Dog people were generally about 15 percent more extraverted, 13 percent more agreeable and 11 percent more conscientious than cat people.
- Cat people were generally about 12 percent more neurotic and 11 percent more open than dog people.
3) According to research by Richard Wiseman, people often see their pets’ personality as a reflection of their own.
So, more often than not, a quick way to find out what someone is like it to ask them to describe their animal friend’s temperament.
4) You can tell a liberal from a conservative by the breed of dog they own.
Via The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion:
We found that people want dogs that fit their own moral matrices. Liberals want dogs that are gentle (i.e., that fit with the values of the Care foundation) and relate to their owners as equals (Fairness as equality). Conservatives, on the other hand, want dogs that are loyal (Loyalty) and obedient (Authority).