Survey: Dog owners are happier than cat owners

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LEIPZIG, GERMANY – AUGUST 26: An owner and her dog of the breed ‘Bullmastiff’ before a competition at the 2018 Dog and Cat (Hund und Katze) pets trade fair at Leipziger Messe trade fair halls on August 26, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. The weekend fair brings together dog and cat lovers from across the country […]

According to a survey of Americans, dogs really are man’s best friend.

According to researchers from the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, dog owners are happier than cat owners. The General Social Survey has been gathering data on a wide variety of behaviors, and trends of Americans since 1972.

The study reveals that 36% of people with dogs consider themselves “very happy” while only 18% of feline owners said the same.

This is because dog parents are more likely to form friendships with their neighbors while walking their furry friends. Canines can also help their owners be more extraverted, physically active, and agreeable. 

However, the Washington Post reports that the survey’s findings also showed that cat lovers are less likely to to be married and own homes more than dog lovers which can also be contributors towards happiness.

The data shows a whopping 93% of dog parents see their pet as part of their family.

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