Dog owners are more extroverted than cat owners

Dog owners are more extroverted than cat owners

People with pooches are more outgoing and agreeable, while cat owners get stuck with the "neurotic" tag.
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Feb 17, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

Have you ever noticed your dog-owning clients engaging in more chitchat than cat-owning clients? If so, your findings have confirmed the results of a recent University of Texas study, which found that dog owners are more extroverted than cat owners.

According to USA Today, researcher Sam Gosling surveyed 4,565 volunteers, asking whether they were dog people, cat people, neither, or both. The group was then given a 44-item assessment to measure their personality traits.

According to the findings, 46 percent of respondents identified themselves as dog people, 12 percent said they were cat people, 28 percent said they were both, and 15 percent claimed to be neither. Dog people were about 15 percent more extroverted, 13 percent more agreeable, and 11 percent more conscientious than cat people. Meanwhile, cat people were about 12 percent more neurotic and 11 percent more open to new things and ideas than dog people.

Have you noticed similar trends with your clients? Spend a day analyzing their personalities to see if the data holds true in your clinic. Then check out our “Client communication” section for tips on dealing with all types of clients.

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