What Your Pet Says About Your Personality, Lifestyle, Job, And More

Whether a person owns a dog, cat, or even a bird, a pet can tell a lot about their personality, lifestyle, or even their job.

Based on various data collected from market surveys distributed by the pet industry, it is time to scroll through and see what your pet says about you!

Pets Tend To Be Found In Families

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First off, pets, no matter what kind, tend to be found in families with or without children. The definition of family varies, too. This can mean single men and women with children, nonmarried couples, or even a family with five kids and a minivan.

No matter what the family is made of, pets are most likely to be found amongst them.

The East, South, & Central United States Have More Pets

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Manuel Meza/Unsplash

When it comes to regions of the United States, survey results say that people living in the east, south, and central part of the country are more likely to own pets.

Some of the most likely states to find pets are Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, Tennessee, Oregon, South Dakota, and New Mexico.

Pet Ownership Is Highest In People Who Are Social

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Eric Ward/Unsplash

The survey results state that people who own pets are more likely to be social and empathetic.

They are the type of people who want to go out and hang with their good friends on a regular basis and, if they’re able to, bring their pet along for the ride!

People Living In Mid-Atlantic States Are Less Likely To Own Pets

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While people living far up east, down south, or in the central states of America are more likely to own pets, the opposite can be said about households without pets.

According to the surveys, people living in Mid-Atlantic states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, are less likely to own a pet.

People With Advanced Degrees Are Less Likely To Have A Pet

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Due to the sheer amount of work and stress that comes with getting an advanced degree, it might not come as too much of a surprise to learn that people with advanced degrees are less likely to own a pet.

These people also might value a neat and clean home, something that is difficult with a pet.

Independent People Living In Urban Areas Don’t Have Pets

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Ryoji Iwata/Unsplash

Due to the lack of a backyard, people living in urban city areas tend to be pet-free, such as those living in big cities such as Manhattan, or Chicago.

City folk also have a tendency to be wildly independent people who prefer to take care of themselves and nothing else.

Dog Owners: Senior Management Position

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Michael Hardy/Unsplash

When it comes to people who own dogs, the survey results concluded that they are most likely in an upper senior management position at work.

This is most likely due to the fact that dog owners are also typically more outgoing and charismatic. At least, compared to other pets, such as cats.

Dog Owners: A Wide Variety Of Jobs

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Evan Wise/Unsplash

Dog owners aren’t typically stuck in one professional. In fact, according to the survey results, they can be all over the map!

Some professions dog owners are most likely to pursue are in the entertainment industry, a nurse, a professor, a job in information technology, or even a military professional.

Dogs Are Part Of The Family

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Tamara Bellis/Unsplash

For many families, their dog is not just “the pet,” they are a part of the family. According to the results from the surveys, this is a personality trait that is common in dog owners.

As it turns out, unlike cat or bird owners, dog owners are more likely to include their dog as a part of their family than an animal who lives with them.

Dog Owners Might Not Have A College Degree

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Priscilla/Unsplash

Compared to other types of pet owners, such as cat, fish, or bird owners, dog owners are less likely to have a college degree from a four-year institution.

They are more likely to have attended a trade school or learned on the job. Their charisma and extroverted personalities get them far no matter their education level, though!

Cat Owners: Likely To Be Divorced, Widowed, Or Separated

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Japheth Mast/Unsplash

According to the survey results, cat owners are unlike dogs owners because they are more likely to be divorced, separated, or a widow. Dog owners, on the other hand, are more likely to be part of a family.

Not only that but, according to the survey results, dogs are more likely to be part of a family of five.

Cat Owners Are Likely To Live In An Apartment

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Yerlin Matu/Unsplash

While dog owners are more likely to live in a house with a yard, cat owners are the opposite. According to the survey results, cat owners are more likely to be found living in an apartment.

This is most likely because cats can fend for themselves and do not necessarily be let outside.

Cat And Rabbit Owners: Likely Neurotic

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William Daigneault/Unsplash

Dog owners are more likely to be fun, outgoing, and charismatic people who enjoy the company of others. The opposite can be said about cat owners. While cat owners will still socialize, they’re likely to be less socially dominant.

Also, according to the survey results, cat owners are also more likely to be neurotic, with rabbit owners being the most introverted and neurotic out of everyone.

Cat Owners Are Likely To Live In Cold States

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Compared to other pet owners, survey results say that cat owners are more likely to live in colder states. Based on a per household ownership basis, some of the states on the survey include Vermont, Maine, Washington, Oregon, and South Dakota.

Considering owners don’t have to walk outside with their cats as they would with a dog, this makes sense!

Bird Owners: Likely To Be Unemployed

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Mf Evelyn/Unsplash

Cat owners are likely to be employed with great jobs, such as real estate agents, physicians, science or medical lab technicians, or even personal caretakers. Even dog owners are likely to be employed with some nice jobs and career growth.

Sadly, not the same can be said for bird owners. These pet owners are more likely to be unemployed.

Female Bird Owners Are More Likely To Be Socially Dominate

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According to the survey results, dog owners are extroverted and more likely to want to please everyone in their social circle while cat owners are likely to keep to themselves and not dominate the conversation.

Well, bird owners, if they are female, are very outgoing and are more than likely to completely take over and dominate any and all social interaction!

Horse Owners Are Likely To Have Varying Personalities

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Melanie Hartshorn/Unsplash

Depending on the owner’s gender, horse owners can have differing personalities. According to the survey results, male horse owners are more likely to be socially dominant and aggressive in social situations.

Females couldn’t be more different. Female horse owners are more likely to be nonaggressive and easygoing during social situations.

“Unusual Pet” Owners Are Likely To Have A Lot Of Pets

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Bonnie Kittle/Unsplash

According to the survey results, while many dog owners are more likely to have only one dog in their home, people with “unusual pets” are more likely to have a wide array of animals.

More than half of ferret owners who completed the survey said they own six or more other animals!

Snake Owners Are Likely To Be Neat And Tidy

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It might be interesting to learn that, according to the survey results, snake owners are actually the most likely type of pet owners to describe themselves and their home neat, clean, and tidy.

They are also the most likely pet owners to call their pet, in this case, their snake, a part of the family.

Female Exotic Pet Owners Are Open To New Experiences

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Unlike traditional pet owners, females that chose exotic pets, such as turtles, snakes, lizards, and other reptiles, tend to be more adventurous and open to new experiences.

Interestingly enough, exotic pet owners are not the only ones open to new experiences. It just so happens that while cat owners are likely to be neurotic, they also enjoy new experiences.