Traits you like in cats vs. dogs

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Maxy24, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Maxy24

    Maxy24 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    8,070
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Cats, Dog, Leopard Gecko, Gerbils, Fish, African C
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    While thinking about the other cat vs. dog thread I thought it odd how people dislike certain cat traits that I feel like they probably like in dogs.

    So, are there any traits you want in a dog and would hate in a cat? Or traits you love in cats but wouldn't like in a dog? This can be personality traits or physical traits.


    For me...

    Vocal- I love vocal cats who beg with their voices and will respond to you talking to them by talking back. I like quiet dogs, I hate when dogs bark at me to get me to throw a ball or something like that.

    Playfulness- I like really playful dogs. It is one of my requirements when choosing a dog, I would not be happy with a dog who didn't like to play or was difficult to get playing. Tug is especially important. In cats I really don't care. A less playful cat might even be better because they tend to get into less trouble. Same goes for activity level, I like higher energy dogs but don't really care about a cat's activity level.


    Otherwise things are similar. I like needy cats and dogs, attention hogs, not even remotely aloof. I like easy to handle pets, I wouldn't like a cat that I worry about touching in the wrong place, same with dogs. Physically I like short coats on both, athletic looking bodies, not squishy.
     
  2. Paige

    Paige Let it be

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    7,359
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I prefer both to be non invasive and quiet, but shadows. I like pretty similar things though i do like a dog to be more playful though.
     
  3. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    14,854
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    1
    Location:
    Twin Citay!
    The only difference I can think of is that I don't like cuddly dogs but I love cuddly cats!
    Oh, and for cats I like more compact and stocky builds (I like Tonkinese and British Shorthair body types, not Orientals and Rex types), but in dogs I love the really athletic dogs like greyhounds and pointers.

    Other than that I like the same things I think:
    -Playful
    -Quiet
    -Shorter Coats
    -Voracious eaters, lol
     
  4. Sit Stay

    Sit Stay Not a Border Collie

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2010
    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Ontario
    I love my lazy, cuddly easy going kitten but I love an active and athletic dog. Although I do like a cuddly dog, if I had a dog as cuddly as this kitten I think I would get a little annoyed over time.
     
  5. Doberluv

    Doberluv Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Messages:
    22,034
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    2 dogs
    Location:
    western Wa
    I guess I kind of like traits to be similar in cats and dogs...not over the top busy or energetic, not so lazy they're boring either. lol. I like a little bit of vocalizations but not incessant or loud. Jose` has some pretty cool sounds he makes that aren't barking. So, I like those. And cats....as long as they're not demanding or annoying...a little chirp and a little meow at times is fine and cute. I like how they talk back. I had one cat, April, who would answer back the same number of chirpy noises I made....like little short meows. If we made the sound twice, she did it twice. If it was 3 times, she repeated 3. Too funny.

    I like to see a little curiosity in both animals. I think it's a sign of intelligence and it's amusing too.
     
  6. SoCrafty

    SoCrafty New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2011
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2
    Location:
    US
    Well - the best cat I ever had was an Egyptian Mau (aptly named 'Maui'). He was the best. He was playful, snuggly, talkative (at the right times), über friendly, smart as a whip (he knew tricks!), he was protective (as a teen if i got in trouble and I was getting spoken to he would get between me and whoever), had energy but when it was time to relax, he was all up on that lol. I would love for my future dog to have all or most of these traits. But there will never be another Maui.

    If I ever feel the need to get another cat, I would have to say I would want a Siamese (Traditional - not the new style) or just your run of the mill shelter kitty. But it would have to be a big ol' tom cat.

    I think I could handle a talkative kitty, but not a talkative dog, an energetic kitty but not an over exuberant dog. I think I am middle of the road on my dog traits lol. But definitely not that way with cats. I would hate to have a middle of the road or low energy cat.
     
  7. crazedACD

    crazedACD Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2012
    Messages:
    3,048
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Too Many
    Location:
    West Missouri
    I freaking love lean and long dogs and cats. Orientals, Rex, Sphynx..drool. And then sighthounds are the most physically appealing dogs to me.
     
  8. PitBullLove

    PitBullLove Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2010
    Messages:
    889
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    WA State
    Quiet, playful, goofy. I don't like a serious dog or an aloof one. My dog has got to have a sense of humor, like me ;) I like a happy go lucky, smart, and eager to please dog. I like a dog that's under my feet, loving, cuddle bug.

    Cats...well I just like mine :D
     

Share This Page