Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Today I am going to tell you some interesting statistics about dog people and cat people.  I did not make these numbers up, so don't blame me if you don't like them.  I am only reporting the results of a survey from a site called hunch.com [which was apparently shut down in March, 2014], where they ask people all sorts of questions about all sorts of subjects.  I do not know if these are scientific samples of people's opinions or not.  I am just sharing what I read in the survey.

Okay, so Hunch asked 222,651 people if they own pets, and 26% said they only have dogs, 16% said they only have cats,  and 13% had both dogs and cats.  Sadly, 40% of the people in the survey have no pets at all, which I personally think means they are weird and pathetic, and they have very lonely lives.  But that is just my opinion, and it is not part of the official survey.

Anyway, here are the things the survey said about the people who only have dogs:  they are slightly more likely to be male, 50% more likely to be conservative, 28% more likely to be students, 24% more likely to have kids, 30% more likely to live in a rural area, and 28% more likely to own their home.  Also, they are more likely to live in North or South America.

The people who only have cats are:  slightly more likely to be women, more likely to be liberal, 17% more likely to have a graduate degree, 29% more likely to live in the city, and 29% more likely to rent their home.  And more of them live in Europe or Oceania.

Oh, and by the way, people who have both dogs and cats are kind of in the middle between the dog people and cat people on all the questions in the survey.

Other stuff we can learn from this survey about dog-only people is that they are:
15% more likely to be extroverts;
36% more likely to be active outdoors;
18% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle;
23% more likely to use an iPhone;
and their favorite TV shows are Curb Your Enthusiasm, American Idol, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

What we can learn about cat-only people is that they are:
11% more likely to be introverts;
27% more likely to prefer individual sports to team sports;
25% more likely to think of George Harrison as their favorite Beatle;
7% more likely to be Android users;
and their favorite TV shows are CSI, Damages, and Real Time With Bill Maher.

The people who have both dogs and cats are mostly female, aged 25-49, suburbanites, politically middle-of-the-road, and described as original and unique.

And finally, the poor, deprived people with no pets tend to be male, aged 18-34, city dwellers, politically liberal, and optimists who are described as successful and admirable.

I don't know who is doing the describing of these people.  Maybe it is the way they describe themselves, and if so, we don't know how honest these people are being, but we just have to take their word for it if they say they are admirable or unique or whatever.  Anyway, the small print at the bottom of the survey says that these statistics come from more than 80 million answers to questions on the Hunch website that were collected between March 2009 and June 2011.

And what this means, like I said before, is that I did not make these numbers up.  I am just reporting them, and you shouldn't get mad at me and say they are all wrong if you don't agree with them.  I just hope you thought they were interesting, like I did, which is why I am sharing them with you.


  1. Very interesting. Personally, I would fall in the dog/cat people. At present I only have cats living with me, but before that I also had a dog or dogs. I did find the "cat only" percentages intersting, because in my teen or pre-teen years I was in love with George Harrison!! Thanks much for the information!!
    Love, AP

  2. Dear Aunt Patty,
    Mom says that she was once really, really in love with Paul McCartney. This was before she ever had a dog. She wanted a dog, but her parents would not let her have one, which I think is mean! Anyway, Mom and I were surprised that the cat people in the survey did not choose John Lennon as their favorite Beatle instead of George Harrison. But what do we know? LOL
    Love, Piper

  3. I am a dog person and I fit....almost none of those statistics. I am a student and I'm somewhat active and that's about it. I'm an introvert and I like individual sports!

    I think the person who did that survey was biased and screwed with those numbers a wee bit.

  4. Mom says that she is mostly a dog person, and she doesn't fit very well with the survey results either. Part of the problem with the survey is that the people who took it were people who liked to go to that website and take surveys, so they were not a true random sample. Like, for example, there probably weren't very many people over 65 who took the survey, even though people that age often have dogs and cats. So it is just kind of a fun survey and not a scientific survey, and you just have to look at the results as being interesting, but probably not very accurate. At least that's how Mom said to look at the survey results, and I think she might be right, even though she is not always right about stuff, at least in my opinion!
    Your friend, Piper

  5. Hi, I'm a dog person and I sort of fit the statistics! Quite interesting eh? I believe that like everything, this survey is subject to interpretation.