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Poll: Introverted dog people? asperger dog people? - What makes someone a "dog person"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Recently I read an article suggesting that dogs may have helped modern humans out-compete neanderthals. I eat up stories about neanderthals and their demise.

If there's a dog loving gene, I don't have it. I am most definitely not a dog person. I don't dislike them, but I wouldn't want one around all of the time. I much prefer a cat's style of interaction. My brother and mother are definitely also cat people. Why is that?

I might have thought that it was because I was an introvert, but I don't think my brother is quite as much of an introvert and he's definitely a cat person. There is also a stereotype I think of a lone, introverted guy with a dog. Let's see if dog person / cat person breaks down along extrovert / introvert lines!

The neanderthal theory of autism http://www.rdos.net/eng/asperger.htm is (way!) out there, but I think there may be a (small!) grain of truth to it. I was a dead-ringer for that reconstructed neanderthal boy growing up, and I think I tend very slightly towards the aspergers side of things, while others in my extended family definitely have aspergers. Could that be involved?

Poll: Where would you put yourself on the introvert/extrovert, aspergers/NT, and "dog person" / "cat person" spectrums?

Any other ideas what might be involved?

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(4878)

on December 31, 2012
at 04:14 AM

LOL...No logging elephants. Very useful. They do much less environmental damage than horses or tractors. Plus they love their job. Thanks for jumping to conclusions...maybe you should look within yourself as to why you are so angry and judgmental.

6f4425e3c7dc0efe60da531c5d991487

(373)

on December 30, 2012
at 07:01 PM

I'm not trying to pick a fight, but elephant training? Circus, petting zoo? Hopefully you're applying your skills in more humane ways now. What exactly does "Useful" mean to you?

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(4878)

on December 30, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Sorry to have offended you, but I've also worked as a professional animal trainer and have experience with training dogs, horses, and elephants. All of my instructors have made comments regarding my abilities being unusual.

6f4425e3c7dc0efe60da531c5d991487

(373)

on December 30, 2012
at 03:00 PM

You're the second ENTJ who thought they had some special bond with animals. Of course, the first one was the BEST everything and had done EVERYTHING, according to him, so having a special connection to certain types of animals was no real shocker. Not knocking you here, but perhaps this is more about your own perception of yourself than about a connection to "useful" animals, the implications of which I find mildly offensive.

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

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on September 26, 2012
at 09:47 PM

And the reason celiac disease and autism are common together is because both are caused by leaky gut. Google 'gut and psychology syndrome'.

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on September 26, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Gah I hate the reconstructed Neanderthal faces they always use! Neanderthals aren't hairless like us they evolved in Europe in woodlands, not the savannah where hairlessness allows for greater cooling through sweating. The don't look anything like us they look like upright chimps, with huge eyes (as evident by the much larger orbits) as they were night hunters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZbmywzGAVs

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on September 26, 2012
at 07:06 PM

+1 for dog hating.

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on September 26, 2012
at 05:23 PM

I'm introverted (no Aspergers-like behaviors at all..more Schizoid Personality Disorder-like). I'm both a dog and cat person, although I like dogs more. They're more joyful and lively, and no hairball barfing or poop-box in the house. I have a dog and two cats currently (and a snake).

7953637a2b9df25a5473a4a086e730f0

(145)

on September 26, 2012
at 05:14 PM

When I was a camp counselor I had two kids diagnosed with asperger's. One was very smart, kind and funny, but would be unpredictably violent with other kids. He seemed to have empathy but something wrong with the circuit there. The other kid seemed have an average intelligence. He was obsessed with trains and would cry if you scolded someone nearby him. Very sensitive kid. The two kids were very different. I don't totally buy the diagnosis. There's something deeper going on with these problems.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on May 31, 2012
at 10:00 AM

Having had the opportunity to accompany a friend who is a houndsman on a few hunts, I can say it really is amazing to see dogs bred to embrace their instincts, for human purposes, in action.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on May 30, 2012
at 10:39 PM

I'm a bird person, not a cat or a dog person. I look right past the dog and right to those ducks.

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:11 PM

All of the above, plus the wasted money that could be spent on better things. There are people who spend thousands on their pets and don't feed their children properly, or send them to college, whatever. My home is my castle, not a barn. I also suffer from migraines and pet smells and dander=instant migraine, esp. in a motor vehicle. I avoid riding in other people's cars. The only exception would be the occasional adorable puppy or kitten, but I have to wash my hands and change clothes if I pick it up.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on May 30, 2012
at 04:06 PM

This is me too. I was raised around dogs and cats (and cows). I've always loved dogs. I've had one very special cat in my life, but I bond more with dogs. My husband never had a dog growing up. He was very anti-dog until we got our rescue dog. Now he loves her! I think if people aren't raised around dogs, they are intimidated by them and don't understand them, and thus don't like them. FWIW I'm pretty damn asocial myself.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on May 29, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Out of curiousity - why disgusting? I know some people think they're dirty, or smelly, or just obnoxious - but I can think of exceptions to all three strikes, and I have a hard time understanding a general reaction like yours. I'm genuinely curious. It seems very human to click with an animal... have you ever had an exception?

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on May 29, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I can't speak for others, by I don't have a fear of dogs, they just seem to want to interact in a way that I don't like to interact all of the time.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on May 29, 2012
at 12:53 AM

I'm trying to put my finger on what it is that makes me not a dog person. I found your description pretty good. I'm not really afraid of them, but they're just so... loud? I think dogs want to interact in a way that I don't really want to interact. There must be something behind it.

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(4878)

on May 29, 2012
at 12:49 AM

Yep..23andme...

1144bcd270d99a61c2bc6a23f6290d46

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on May 29, 2012
at 12:48 AM

It's the same connection you can feel with a horse too. Being able to communicate fully with another species through nothing other than body language, body cues, even looks. It is really a grounding, remarkable feeling. I also can say I've felt that with dogs as well as one of my rabbits-she was a remarkably communicative sweet bunny!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 29, 2012
at 12:28 AM

How do you know you're 3% Neanderthal - DNA testing?

Da2c728c093488e4f2ea87b81619682f

(388)

on May 29, 2012
at 12:21 AM

My best friend is rhesus negative (Rh 0 -) and she's a HUGE dog lover. I'm a cat lover and B+. I don't know if I buy into the whole negative blood type thing...though of course I'm still open to it. At the moment though, very skeptical...

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on May 28, 2012
at 10:49 PM

My son has Asperger's as well and it is definitely more than just being smart and socially awkward - That's about the most simplistic definition I've heard lately.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

(866)

on May 28, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Love seeing a working breed dog actually working. Nice.

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(4878)

on May 28, 2012
at 09:00 PM

PrairieProf. My dog is a champion cuddler, purrs like a cat (so much so that I've had people ask if he is growling), and due to his raw diet, doesn't have that "doggy" smell you are referencing. I've lived with many cats and litter boxes, vindictive spraying, etc. are far worse than anything the dogs in my house have EVER done.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on May 28, 2012
at 08:20 PM

interesting....

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I have wondered if the aspie tendencies I have just come with introversion, but then one of my cousins who is aspie is actually quite extroverted (a great combination!)

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Is there anything specifically you've read that you'd recommend? I'm very intrigued.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:34 PM

The funny thing is, I'm INTJ, and I feel like your answer is written like I might have written it - if I felt the same way... I don't know how much there is to the whole Jungian/Myers Briggs stuff, but I eat it up.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:28 PM

It's not something I reasoned over. There are many reasons to go barefoot, but I also just LIKE being barefoot in the summer. In this same way I LIKE cats. I'm just drawn to them in a way I'm not drawn to dogs.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Very interesting! I'm 0-, as are my mother and brother. We're all definitely cat and not dog people.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:01 PM

The use of a cat is to give joy through soft, purring wonderful love, and honor us by their regard. No human bliss like cuddling a purring cat. And they smell better than dogs. :D

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

(866)

on May 28, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Veriria - Just because you don't believe you have it doesn't mean it does not exist. I agree that it is most likely grossly over-diagnosed (since in the last few years its become the hot new thing, like ADD in the 90's) and some people are just quirky or shy, but I have four cousins who have confirmed diagnoses of Aspergers and two more that I suspect also have it, all at varying degrees. Two of them are incapable of unsupervised independent living. Its a spectrum, as is autism (I do not believe that Asperger's is "mild autism")

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on May 28, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Thanks a lot...Now I have the movie "A Boy And His Dog" in my head XD I'm both a cat and dog person. And I don't believe Aspergers exists (I've known a few people who have been proclaimed to have Aspergers by doctors. But they are just like me -- prefers to be alone lots of times, intelligent, and socially akward. Nothing wrong with that).

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8838443ac82e9f98e4ae9daf80d50eb5

(896)

on May 28, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I was always a "dog person," but I never understood what it really meant to work with your dog and to depend on one another. Herding is mimicking the hunt, you just don't bite it or kill it when you catch it. It's been said that early man learned how to hunt by watching wolf packs.

I've worked several dogs but I have the strongest connection with my Stewart (pictured below working ducks). Sometimes he can accidentally hypnotized me with his intensity, power, and eye. He was loads of presence.

I'm not a spiritual person, but I can't deny the goosebumps I felt when he and I worked sheep together for the first time. It's hard to explain... but the connection I felt something old, somehow sacred, and primal. Not everybody gets to feel it. It's the perfect mix of woman/man and dog.

During a really good session we don't need words to communicate because we key off each other's body language and sometimes I swear it's our thoughts. It's a perfectly synchronized dance.

Poll: I can be both extroverted and introverted. I usually have stronger connections to animals because there's so much less drama. :-)

poll:-introverted-dog-people?-asperger-dog-people?---what-makes-someone-a-

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

(866)

on May 28, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Love seeing a working breed dog actually working. Nice.

1144bcd270d99a61c2bc6a23f6290d46

(234)

on May 29, 2012
at 12:48 AM

It's the same connection you can feel with a horse too. Being able to communicate fully with another species through nothing other than body language, body cues, even looks. It is really a grounding, remarkable feeling. I also can say I've felt that with dogs as well as one of my rabbits-she was a remarkably communicative sweet bunny!

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on May 30, 2012
at 10:39 PM

I'm a bird person, not a cat or a dog person. I look right past the dog and right to those ducks.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on May 31, 2012
at 10:00 AM

Having had the opportunity to accompany a friend who is a houndsman on a few hunts, I can say it really is amazing to see dogs bred to embrace their instincts, for human purposes, in action.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on May 28, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Introvert, more aspie than neurotypical (but I think it's just part of being introverted), definately a dog person. Cats are ok but there is something special about the relationships with the dogs in my life. Current dog (teacup poodle) belongs to my sister's family but I swear that Kesher thinks that I belong to him!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on May 28, 2012
at 08:20 PM

interesting....

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I have wondered if the aspie tendencies I have just come with introversion, but then one of my cousins who is aspie is actually quite extroverted (a great combination!)

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(4878)

on May 28, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I'm a ENTJ, all caps, and have been a dog person, horse person, NON-cat person from day one.

My earliest memories are of feeling *connected with the ponies in the field behind my pre-school when I was ~two. I can remember thinking "these adults don't know how to communicate with ponies." Is that consciousness a connection with ancient DNA? According to my (farmer's daughter) Mom, it is. She claims I inherited my grandfather's abilities with animals, and I wouldn't dispute the inherited ability that *might have been a necessary survival strategy in my family's +1,000 year history in Wales.

Cats are not useful. Dogs may have herded, protected, and hunted with my ancestors, a 24/7 job, whereas cats may have provided some pest control, but not to the same degree as a good "ratter". Here's a good example of the work a cat couldn't do: Ratters

So to my NT brain, what is the use of a cat?

Maybe one of you SF or NFs can explain it to me ;)

Oh, and btw, I'm ~3% Neanderthal.

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(4878)

on May 29, 2012
at 12:49 AM

Yep..23andme...

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 29, 2012
at 12:28 AM

How do you know you're 3% Neanderthal - DNA testing?

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:34 PM

The funny thing is, I'm INTJ, and I feel like your answer is written like I might have written it - if I felt the same way... I don't know how much there is to the whole Jungian/Myers Briggs stuff, but I eat it up.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:01 PM

The use of a cat is to give joy through soft, purring wonderful love, and honor us by their regard. No human bliss like cuddling a purring cat. And they smell better than dogs. :D

Medium avatar

(4878)

on May 28, 2012
at 09:00 PM

PrairieProf. My dog is a champion cuddler, purrs like a cat (so much so that I've had people ask if he is growling), and due to his raw diet, doesn't have that "doggy" smell you are referencing. I've lived with many cats and litter boxes, vindictive spraying, etc. are far worse than anything the dogs in my house have EVER done.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:28 PM

It's not something I reasoned over. There are many reasons to go barefoot, but I also just LIKE being barefoot in the summer. In this same way I LIKE cats. I'm just drawn to them in a way I'm not drawn to dogs.

Medium avatar

(4878)

on December 31, 2012
at 04:14 AM

LOL...No logging elephants. Very useful. They do much less environmental damage than horses or tractors. Plus they love their job. Thanks for jumping to conclusions...maybe you should look within yourself as to why you are so angry and judgmental.

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(4878)

on December 30, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Sorry to have offended you, but I've also worked as a professional animal trainer and have experience with training dogs, horses, and elephants. All of my instructors have made comments regarding my abilities being unusual.

6f4425e3c7dc0efe60da531c5d991487

(373)

on December 30, 2012
at 03:00 PM

You're the second ENTJ who thought they had some special bond with animals. Of course, the first one was the BEST everything and had done EVERYTHING, according to him, so having a special connection to certain types of animals was no real shocker. Not knocking you here, but perhaps this is more about your own perception of yourself than about a connection to "useful" animals, the implications of which I find mildly offensive.

6f4425e3c7dc0efe60da531c5d991487

(373)

on December 30, 2012
at 07:01 PM

I'm not trying to pick a fight, but elephant training? Circus, petting zoo? Hopefully you're applying your skills in more humane ways now. What exactly does "Useful" mean to you?

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153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

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on May 28, 2012
at 05:56 PM

You don't happen to have rhesus negative blood? I have found that rhesus negative people love cats, and are not much for dogs.

The rhesus negative mutation, some say, is closely linked to neanderthals; the whole search for the mutation reason is also very interesting.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Is there anything specifically you've read that you'd recommend? I'm very intrigued.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 28, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Very interesting! I'm 0-, as are my mother and brother. We're all definitely cat and not dog people.

Da2c728c093488e4f2ea87b81619682f

(388)

on May 29, 2012
at 12:21 AM

My best friend is rhesus negative (Rh 0 -) and she's a HUGE dog lover. I'm a cat lover and B+. I don't know if I buy into the whole negative blood type thing...though of course I'm still open to it. At the moment though, very skeptical...

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7bff63e13035a12498249822939300ca

on September 26, 2012
at 04:41 PM

I'm strongly introverted, high intelligence, tend to score high as an ASPIE and have an ASPIE daughter. Male, strawberry blond hair and red beard - my brother has red hair, as does my daughter. My family has a cat, which I get along reasonably well with, though she's definitely my wife's cat. I've always connected well with dogs (I wonder if dogs remember Neanderthal scents - most dogs tend to interact favorably with me once they smell my hand ?). Family comes mainly from the Scottish Highlands on my mother's side, and we're physically pretty Neanderthal typical - short, squat, broad chests, large heads relative to body, red hair, blue-grey eyes.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on May 30, 2012
at 11:08 PM

INTP. O- blood. I think my father and uncle have aspergers but not me. I like both dogs and cats with equal mediocrity. I prefer smaller dogs. What I don't like about dogs is they are too happy and loyal. You can beat them and they'll come slobbering happily back. They have no pride. There's nothing to do to earn their respect. I find that behavior repulsive. A cat insists you earn their respect. What I like about cats is they ignore you and you can ignore them right back and everybody is happy. I don't consider myself a dog or a cat person. I am a bird person. I've had at least one parrot in my life for over half my life. I had one parrot for 22 years before she died. I have another one that is 21 years old now. I look into the eye of any bird and feel like I know what he/she is thinking. I feel such a strong kinship with them, like they are family, like we are the same creature speaking the same language. When wild ones scold me or fly away in fear, I sometimes feel personally affronted. Don't they understand I'm one of them? Their love has to be earned like a cat and yet they are spunky and energetic like a dog. They have all the strong emotions that people have: jealousy, anger, love, curiosity, manipulation. They look you right in the eye and you can see how they are scheming to take apart your whole house or ruin your very favorite possession. I wish one of my birds wouldn't call me "bitch", though. Why does she call me "bitch" but not my boyfriend? It's because they are damn smart, those birds. Always one step ahead of you.

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1144bcd270d99a61c2bc6a23f6290d46

on May 29, 2012
at 01:17 AM

I love every animal. Pets I've had growing up; dogs, turtles, snakes, toads, birds, rabbits, horses, goats, mice. I am a Gemini, the sign of the twins and can be both introverted and extroverted. However, I would most definitely be classified as an extrovert 90% of the time. I checked out that quiz and I feel it is one of those that everyone can answer some yes questions to pretty easily. I also would rather be around dogs if you made me choose between dogs and cats. My boyfriend grew up without a lot of animal contact and treats them more as "just animals or pets" whereas I view animals as pretty much all potential life-long friends/family. He is VERY introverted and prefers dogs.

Maybe it has something to do with first experiences as young children? I believe in most phobias starting out when you are young and have a bad experience with something. My own phobia is hair-when very young at school, a meatball in my spaghetti was actually a large hairball I almost ate. Now, I am extremely grossed-out by all human hair-mine or other peoples. I go to length's to ensure my home is hair-free as possible. Talking about phobias with other people, I find a lot of them stem from crazy experiences when young, i.e. a friend being "chased" by a butterfly when little is now terrified of them. Maybe there is some connection with dogs/cats-which were you around more when young, etc?

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on May 29, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I can't speak for others, by I don't have a fear of dogs, they just seem to want to interact in a way that I don't like to interact all of the time.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on May 28, 2012
at 10:04 PM

All my life, people be asking "You a dog person, or a cat person?" Can't I love them both?!?!?!?!?!?! Give me a cat, dog, rat, horse, goat, chicken, duck, sheep, cow...I will become highly attached and be completely in love. My dog is the best, and so are my two fluffy cats. Throw in my inquisitive pet rat, I am a happy camper. As a child, all my best friends were various animals. All family photos it's like a game of "what pet is Jenny holding?"

Ironically, I also have a hard time stating whether I'm an introvert or extrovert. Probably an introvert in most situations, but I really put all my smiley-friendly-happy-outgoing face on at work and usually enjoy it.

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on May 28, 2012
at 06:21 PM

My husband is quite definitely a dog person. I'd even call him a dog whisperer. I'd consider him an extrovert.

I've gone from being a cat person to more of a dog person. I've also become less introverted over the same timeframe, though I don't think I'd call myself an extrovert. Not that I'm trying to make a causal relationship.

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on September 26, 2012
at 06:53 PM

With as strict as people seem to be about closing questions that aren't questions, argumentative topics, etc. am I the only one who is a little bewildered that this thread didn't experience the same kind of scrutiny for being off-topic? As fascinating as this topic may be, this is certainly not a thread for people interested in learning more about the Paleo diet.

I wont be bothered if the thread stays open but should I assume that if one simply mentions the word neanderthal the post is automatically acceptable for Paleohacks?

I would l0ve to discuss the neanderthal theory of baseball fans vs football fans. Do you have the neanderthal gene for loving football? I sure do.

For the record, I am a dog AND a cat person. So there. Down vote away if you must.

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A5a835105e726e61d61077e84522a045

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on May 31, 2012
at 09:19 AM

I am a STRONG introvert (INTP, if we're outing ourselves here) and am definitely more in tune with cats, but I still adore dogs!

I like cats because they're so easy to take care of. They practically take care of themselves. I'm a low energy person, and my cat is the perfect pet. I can sit and read or watch television while she naps. She sleeps through the night with me even after napping most of the day. She's clean and never needs a bath. I don't have to take her for walks. She's quiet. She doesn't tear things up out of boredom, and I can be gone all day without having to worry about letting her out to go potty. It even seems like I never have to worry about her fur getting on me. It's so fine, I never notice it.

Dog ownership, on the other hand, stresses me out. They need attention all the time, and their utter devotion to you places a lot of responsibility on you to treat them right. They need walks and baths. They need lots of social contact, and you have to be sure to clean up after them. They just require so much attention, planning, and care! But I do love them and hope to own a small dog (or a calm, older dog) in the future, once I've settled down a bit.

It's funny. I grew up with a fear of dogs. I was never bit by a dog or anything, so I'm not sure where that fear came from or even when it went away.

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on May 30, 2012
at 09:40 PM

What I found most interesting about that paper was it's mention of Polar-Bears splitting off from from brown bears 100,000 to 250,000 years ago and their subsequent adaptations to cold environment.

The following happened to polar bears:

  • Switch from predominately vegetarian diet to carnevorious - BINGO!

    • Widely different teeth, more adapted for a predator.

    • Year-around activity instead of hibernation

    • Longer neck

    • Different color

    • Thick fur

    • Huge paws

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on May 30, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I am an introvert and I have been diagnosed with Aspergers (at least a mild form) and I am definitely a cat person. I love their quirks and independence. I also feel very comfortable around them. Dogs, on the other hand, make me feel uncomfortable. I can deal with dogs when I'm visiting someone but not for a long period of time. The constant licking drives me crazy. I also can't deal with their needing to interact all of the time.

I also think my "dislike" (This may be too strong of a word...) for dogs was when my significant other broke up with me because I wouldn't let his 70 lb dog share my TWIN bed with us. (As it was one of us always had to be lying on our side...) He would always try to wedge himself between us and apparently it was "cute" and I was heartless to not see it.

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on May 29, 2012
at 12:59 AM

ISTJ and I detest BOTH dogs and cats. I find pets disgusting in general.

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(2417)

on May 29, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Out of curiousity - why disgusting? I know some people think they're dirty, or smelly, or just obnoxious - but I can think of exceptions to all three strikes, and I have a hard time understanding a general reaction like yours. I'm genuinely curious. It seems very human to click with an animal... have you ever had an exception?

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on May 30, 2012
at 07:11 PM

All of the above, plus the wasted money that could be spent on better things. There are people who spend thousands on their pets and don't feed their children properly, or send them to college, whatever. My home is my castle, not a barn. I also suffer from migraines and pet smells and dander=instant migraine, esp. in a motor vehicle. I avoid riding in other people's cars. The only exception would be the occasional adorable puppy or kitten, but I have to wash my hands and change clothes if I pick it up.

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on May 29, 2012
at 12:29 AM

I'm INFP/INFj and an extreme cat person. In fact, dogs terrify me. Last night while visiting a friend, they had a chocolate lab sleeping on the floor and I was too terrified to walk past in case he jumped up and bit my face off. Um.... yeah, maybe I just have issues! lol. But I have to say, just not a dog person.

Although, occasionally I have bonded with a lab or retriever...and I do find pugs incredibly cute. But even if I spend too long with a pug, I have this fear of them biting me. Also, I find dogs too jumpy, slobbery, rough, harsh, loud, stinky, annoying, and destructive for me. Sorry if that sounded absolutely terrible. O.o

Also, just a few weeks ago a crazy cat bit me in the face, and yet I'm still not afraid of cats (just THAt cat! lol) and I find them more cozy and relatable. I don't know what it is, really.

Also, I'm not finding any correlation between introverts and extroverts and cat and dog people. Although I had always assumed that outgoing people were dog people, and introverts cat people. Meh. I don't know if there's a connection or not...

If there is a connection though, I'm interested in knowing what it may be!! :)

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on May 29, 2012
at 12:53 AM

I'm trying to put my finger on what it is that makes me not a dog person. I found your description pretty good. I'm not really afraid of them, but they're just so... loud? I think dogs want to interact in a way that I don't really want to interact. There must be something behind it.

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on May 28, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Introvert myself, like dogs more than cats. (Though a goat beats both in my book!)

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on May 28, 2012
at 08:06 PM

INFP -- Dog Person, but I like my cats just fine. Perhaps I'm too accepting. . . .

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on May 28, 2012
at 05:52 PM

I am a pretty strongly introverted (INFJ) cat and, within the last five years, greyhound/sighthound person. ;) Greyhounds are the cats of the dog world. I like other dogs though, even if I wouldn't want to live with many of them. And I have to say that through dogs I have made many more connections with other people (and can talk to strangers endlessly about greyhounds and greyhound adoption) -- I'm very single, and even introverts get lonely. But while I know I could live without a dog if I needed to, I could never live without a cat or cats.

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on May 28, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Hmmm...I would say I'm not really an introvert or an extrovert. I'm kind of middle of the road most of the time and can go either way depending on mood and situation.

Definitely a dog person, but I don't mind cats and have lived with three in my life. Would probably like cats more if I didn't have to have a litterbox.

Interestingly, I never would have considered myself to have any symptoms/tendencies of Asperger's or autism. But I found myself answering yes to many of the questions on the Aspie quiz - although admittedly one of the questions I answered yes to was "Do you find it difficult to read written material unless it is very interesting or very easy?" and I basically skimmed through the first part and skipped right to the quiz questions and then stopped.

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on May 28, 2012
at 05:25 PM

I don't know the answer to your question - I am a cat person myself. I like dogs, but only if they are small, friendly and fluffy , like pugs. So I am there with you.

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on May 28, 2012
at 05:12 PM

It depends upon the test as to whether I'm an introvert or an extrovert. For the Jungian personality test I'm an INTJ, which means I'm an introvert. I recently was part of a study done at my university and I was just barely considered to be a non-introvert, but not really an extrovert either. I -am- a dog person, but I think you have to be either brought up that way, or brought into it by someone you care for.

I've always had dogs, so they are a huge part of my life. I have been heavily involved in rescue and rehabilitation since I was a kid.

My husband, on the other hand was not raised with animals. He was not into animals at all when we were starting out, but, after a year of living with me and my family and our dogs, he fell in love. Now, he is just as much of a dog person as I am. He still has his setbacks with them, like when we got a rescue puppy and he suddenly decided that this was all my decision and thus the pup was my dog and my responsibility. But, he got over that attitude quickly when he realized he was being irrational. grins

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(1617)

on May 30, 2012
at 04:06 PM

This is me too. I was raised around dogs and cats (and cows). I've always loved dogs. I've had one very special cat in my life, but I bond more with dogs. My husband never had a dog growing up. He was very anti-dog until we got our rescue dog. Now he loves her! I think if people aren't raised around dogs, they are intimidated by them and don't understand them, and thus don't like them. FWIW I'm pretty damn asocial myself.

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