November 2, 2015 6:24 pm

Pet and Owner Personality – Cat, Dog, Fish, Bird, or Reptile?


Choosing pet is like choosing someone that you’d like to marry for the rest of your life. In order to choose person that you’d like to marry, commonly you’ll choose a person that will suit with your personality or character, or mostly with the same character as you have. It applies to pet as well. Pet will determine the owner personality, there is a strong connection between pet and owner personality. And the interesting fact is people’s choice of pet will reflects what short of person they are.


Pet is always people’s best buddy, and it always great to have pet. Dog, cat, bird, fish, even reptile are the most common that people choose. Each pet has different character, and so does the owner. However, pet and owner personality couldn’t be separated. Even pet and owner personality will be much more alike when they stay together much more longer. As the research about pet and owner personality which conducted by Prof Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire, reveals that the longer an animal had been with their owner, the more likely they were to have picked up their characteristics. For those who had owned their animal for seven years or more, the chance of them rating their pet’s traits as broadly comparable to their own increased to about 40 per cent. Prof Richard Wiseman said :

“For years owners have insisted their pets have a unique personality. Not only does this work suggest they might be right, it also reveals people’s pets are a reflection of themselves.”

Lets check out pet and owner personality below. It also include the suit job that pet owner should have, based on survey from Careerbuilder.

Soulmate Dog


In USA, the percentage of dog owning are 36.5% in 2012, and based on APPA International Pet Owners Survey, in 2015 there are 77.8 million dog in US. Parents with young children generally have energetic dogs the kids can play with outside. People who define themselves as dog people tend to be more extrovert, more agreeable and more conscientious than cat people. It was even found that dog people tend to be “the most fun to be around,” when compared to all other people with pets.

After all, for those people that choose dog as their pet, here is the pet and owner personality: loyal, interactive, spontaneous, love to socialize with others, honest, religious and duty bound. Mostly dog person are entertainers, IT, Military, Nurse, Professors.

Creative Cat


In 2014, total number of cat owning in UK are 7.9 million, and more than 100 million in Asia region. Compared with dog people, cat people tend to be much more creative and adventurous (check out the brilliant cat as a prove that cat is smart and creative, just like owner). Sadly, there are a dark side behind the cat everlasting cuteness. A study carried out between the University of Edinburgh and Bronx Zoo compared our beloved domestic cat with its wilder relatives, has found that neuroticism, anxiety, dominance, and impulsiveness are the same character that domestic cat and wildcat has.

However, many famous and powerful person are also choose cat as their pet. For example Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, and even Bill Clinton brought his cat when he moved to the White House in 1992.

For cat person, the pet and owner personality are include : creative, adventurous, introvert, good listeners, dependable, emotionally sensitive, and cool. Mostly cat person will work as physicians, real estate agents, science/medical lab technicians, machine operators or personal caretakers.

Expressive Bird


Bird parents are thought to be more socially outgoing and expressive than the rest of the pet parents. Survey result shows bird person are mostly work on advertising professionals, sales representatives, construction workers and administrative professionals.

Funny Fish


Fish owners personality are the most engaging of all pet owners. They are optimistic and hopeful, non-materialistic, and introverted. And totally different with reptile,fish people are have a really good sense of humor.

Mostly fish people founded work as human resources professionals, financial professionals, hotel and leisure professionals, farming/fishing/forestry professionals or transportation professionals.

Independent Reptile


Reptile people is the most independent of all the pet people, while cat and dog people require a lot more attention. Unfortunately, the reptile people whose well known as the eccentric people has nearly zero sense of humor. Reptile person will mostly found as engineers, social workers, marketing/public relations professionals, editors/writers or police officers.

The pet and career survey conducted by Careerbuilder also indicate that:

  1. Employees in top level positions (CEOs or senior vice presidents) are primarily dog owners.
  2. Snake and other reptile owners are among the highest paid workers, earning six figure salaries.
  3. Bird owners are most likely to be satisfied with their jobs.

All data that we use for this article are collected from several survey about relation between pet and the owner personalities.

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