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Cats v Dogs Infographic

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Cats vs. Dogs
Dogs and cats are two of the most popular pets in the UK. But when you’re asked whether you’re a cat or a dog person – what’s your response? Apparently our preference in pets says a lot about our personalities.


So how does the amount of cats and dogs measure up in the UK?
Cats are more popular than dogs in the UK with a population of 8.9 million.

However the dog population is on the increase with a population of 6.7 million in 2012.


How does being a dog person affect your personality?
Dog People: Cooperative, Agreeable, Self-Disciplined, Extroverted, Assertive


If you are a cat person you are more likely to have the following personality traits…
Cat People: Adaptable, Silly, Open, Neurotic, Independent


What are the benefits of owning a pet?
Quick Fact: In general pet owners tend to be healthier than non-pet owners.

1.    Exercise
2.    Stress Relief
3.    Companionship

Quick Fact: Children with pets can learn important skills such as sharing, taking responsibility and caring for another.



Murray, J. K.; Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU, United Kingdom; © Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved. © MEDLINE® is the source for the MeSH terms of this document.



UK Pet Insurance: Market Dynamics and Opportunities, DATAMONITOR, Referecne code: CM00248-001, February 2013