In recent years scientific research has come up with some interesting conclusions about the correlations between certain pets and the personalities of their owners. While fish owners tend to be quite happy people, it seems that dog owners are the most fun, cat lovers are dependable individuals, and reptile owners are particularly independent.
Research from the University of Texas shows that there are, as we all already assumed, marked differences between cat and dog people. Dog people tested as approximately 15 % more extroverted, 13 % more agreeable and 11% more conscientious than cat people. On the other hand, cat lovers were approximately 12% percent more neurotic than dog lovers.
The breed of dog a person chooses to own can often say a lot about their political convictions. According to some research, politically liberal people tend to want a dog that is gentle. Conservatives, on the other hand, want dogs that are loyal and obedient. Along similar lines, research done at the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology found that younger people with a tendency toward violence and confrontation more likely to choose aggressive dogs as pets.
Medical research has also shown that dog owners cope better with everyday stress, suffer fewer instances of depression and were generally more relaxed than pet-less people. Dogs seemed to provide more quantifiable health benefits than cats.
However, owning a pet is not a prerequisite for animal-related health benefits: watching a video of a cute animal proved to reduce the heart rates and blood pressure of test subjects.
Studies have even been conducted to try and determine who is the most likely to pick up their dog’s mess from the ground. Fewer males (35.3%), those with a lower income (18.2%), and owners who allowed their dogs off the leash (26.2%) cleaned up their dogs’ feces than females (58.2%), those with higher earnings (68.7%), and those who kept their pets on a leash (72.6%).