Study shows differences between dog, cat people

Published On: Oct 22 2012 02:17:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 06:26:38 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Are you a dog or a cat person? Your answer may tell a lot about your personality, according to a University of Texas study.

UT psychologist Sam Gosling found that those who call themselves "dog people" are more extraverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than self-described "cat people."

Those who prefer cats are more neurotic, but also more open than their canine-loving counterparts.

"This research suggests there are significant differences on major personality traits between dog people and cat people," Gosling said. "Given the tight psychological connections between people and their pets, it is likely that the differences between dogs and cats may be suited to different human personalities."

As part of the research at the University of Texas, 4,565 volunteers were asked whether they were dog people, cat people, neither or both. The same group was given a 44-item assessment that measured them on the so-called Big Five personality dimensions psychologists often use to study personalities.

According to the findings:

Photos: KPRC Local 2 Pets

Published On: Jun 25 2010 10:26:47 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2010 03:21:53 PM CDT

Everyone loves their pets! KPRC Local 2 anchors and reporters want to show off their best furry friends!

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Anchor Bill Balleza shows off his dog, Brinkley.