Dogs are better than cats. (Yeah, we said it.) We’re not going to apologize, as there are plenty of reasons why we think it’s true. Of course, this is a subjective matter, so feel free to move along if you disagree.

From their unwavering loyalty to their protective nature, dogs have repeatedly proven themselves to be mankind’s most faithful companions. Sure, we know cats are pretty great too, but we’re confident these ten reasons will show you why dogs are better than cats.

Why are dogs better than cats?

Without us even telling you why dogs are better than cats, we bet you can come up with plenty of reasons on your own. This list is by no means comprehensive, but here are just a few of the most obvious:

Reasons dogs are better than cats

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Dogs are more loyal than cats

Loyalty is among a pet’s most valuable traits, and dogs are undoubtedly the victors in this category. Dogs are pack animals and see their humans as the leader. Because of this, they are loyal to their owners to the end. They would do anything to protect their pack, even risking their own lives. On the other hand, cats are more solitary animals. That’s not to say they don’t create strong bonds. Some are very affectionate. More often, however, they can be independent and aloof. If you’re looking for a friend who is eager to greet you as soon as you come home, you’ll want a dog for a companion. A cat may only come running if they hear the sound of kibble hitting the bowl or the crack of a metal food can being opened.

Dogs protect their owners

Dogs are known for their protective nature, hence the abundance of guardian dogs. Even the most laid-back pups are fiercely protective when necessary and will do whatever it takes to keep their owners safe. If someone were to break into your home, your dog would likely bark, growl, or even attack the intruder, which could save your life. In contrast, cats aren’t exactly looking out for your safety. They don’t call ’em “scaredy cats” for nothing! As a note, you’ll want to be aware of this powerful instinct, especially in breeds who are deemed more protective. Socialization is incredibly important to make sure your loyal dog knows not every dog or person is a threat.

Dogs are more social than cats

As social animals, dogs thrive on interaction with humans and other dogs. Whether listening to you monologue about your workday or running wild at the dog park, your pup just wants to be near you or their pals. Conversely, cats are often more solitary and may not enjoy the same level of interaction with their owners. And yeah, cats can even seem to be downright annoyed humans exist. Has a cat ever eagerly run toward you and licked your face effusively when you got home? Yeah, we thought not. Not that you’d want it anyway; think about the sandpaper tongue!

Dogs are trainable

Dogs are incredibly trainable. As such, they can learn a wide range of commands and tricks. Seriously, some intelligent breeds can grasp the concept of language, or string simple commands together to form phrases. With proper training, dogs can become well-behaved and obedient. They can learn to walk on a leash, sit, stay, come when called, and even perform complex tasks like assisting people with disabilities, detecting drugs, or helping out on the homestead. Compare that to cats, who are notoriously difficult to train and may not respond well to commands or tricks. The only helpful thing cats do is catch mice.

Dogs are therapeutic and can work as certified service animals

Time and time again, research shows dogs have a therapeutic effect on humans. We’re definitely not saying cats aren’t comforting. They certainly make great choices for emotional support animals. Even so, dogs are still the most popular choice for ESAs. They can also be trained to perform work as psychiatric service animals. As a very important note, cats cannot be ADA-approved and protected service animals. Aside from dogs, the only other species who can legally work as a service animal is the mini-horse, which we think is just adorable.

Beyond the incredible capabilities of service dogs, companion dogs are also incredibly intuitive and can sense when their owners feel down or anxious. Dogs provide their owners comfort, companionship, and emotional support, benefiting those struggling with mental health issues. While cats may be friendly to cuddle with occasionally — though only when they decide to be — our feline friends simply can’t provide the same support our canine companions do.

Dogs take their business outside

Let’s face it: no one enjoys cleaning a litter box. That’s why it’s ideal that when dogs gotta’ go, they do so outdoors. All you need is a leash — because you should always use one on a walk — and a poop bag. Even better, you’re good to go — or, at least your dog is — if you have a securely fenced-in yard. Voila! Your house stays nice and tidy, with no gritty kitty litter underfoot!

Dogs get people moving, making them a healthier lifestyle choice than cats

Dogs love nothing more than getting outside for a long walk, a game of fetch, or a swim. They also dig car rides or whatever else you have on your agenda. Who doesn’t enjoy having a companion ready to go wherever you are at a moment’s notice? Try getting a cat to go along with you anywhere. By enthusiastically embracing physical activity, dogs help their owners live healthier lifestyles.

Dogs are easier to contain during your workday or when you have visitors to your home

Thanks to crate training, it’s easy to keep pups under control. With a reliable routine, some toys and treats, and a cozy crate environment, most dogs can learn how to chill for up to 8-hour stints while you work or sleep. Don’t even bother trying to get night owl cats on your schedule. They do their own thing, day or night — and they aren’t quiet about it!

And while dogs may get excited whenever a new — or old — friend comes to visit, they’ll usually settle down in their beds or on a nice lap shortly thereafter. Cats may not embrace your houseguests with quite the same hospitality. In fact, they might show their displeasure by misbehaving or using their claws if they don’t want to be snuggled by a stranger.

Variety is the spice of life

There are hundreds of dog breeds and numerous sizes of dogs within many of those breeds. The sheer diversity of dog appearances and personalities is astounding and is one of the things that make dogs so fascinating. With so much variety, you’re sure to find a dog to match your personality and lifestyle.

Dogs don’t get hairballs … usually

Okay, that’s not exactly true. Dogs still occasionally get hairballs from over-grooming, but far less frequently than cats. That’s enough for us.

Why are cats better than dogs?

Cats vs. Dog, a Border Collie sitting next to an aloof-looking orange tabby cat
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Despite being a bit sassy, we do love cats. We just love dogs more. We won’t say they’re better than dogs, because they’re not. However, there are some things that might make them better suited to your lifestyle. They have longer life expectancies and require less vet visits, especially if they’re indoors only. Side note: they should be. Cats also take care of their own grooming, so they probably don’t need to visit a professional very often. That can save you a pretty penny, as dog grooming can be expensive. Even getting your pup’s nails clipped has gotten pricey! Overall, cats can be significantly more budget-friendly, especially in comparison to the most popular large dog breeds or even the most expensive dog breeds.

Are dogs or cats better pets?

This answer really depends individual preferences and what you’re looking for in a companion animal. If you’re an introvert looking for a fellow introverted pet who will generally leave you alone, perhaps consider a cat. On the other hand, if you’re an active socialite, you might prefer a spunky, friendly dog breed who you can take to dog-friendly patios or parks. Additionally, it’s important to assess care requirements and your own lifestyle. If you spend long hours away from home for work, a dog may not be the best fit. Just like us, dogs can suffer from separation anxiety. Whatever option you choose, do your research and be honest with yourself about what you can offer your pet. Pet ownership is a responsibility as well as a gift.

Have we convinced you that dogs are better than cats?

Dogs rule, cats drool. It’s as simple as that. Canines are more loyal, protective, social, trainable, and therapeutic than their feline counterparts. Of course, this doesn’t mean that cats aren’t great pets, but when choosing between a dog and a cat, dogs are the clear winners. So, if you’re in the market for a new pet, consider getting a dog — you won’t regret it! And remember to always adopt, don’t shop!


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