People say dogs are a man’s best friend, and according to a new survey, those people are right.
The General Social Survey (GSS), which is run by social research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, found that 36 per cent of dog owners report being “very happy” compared to just 18 per cent of cat owners.
But owning a dog can’t be the sole reason for happiness, can it?
The study also reveals that dog owners are more likely to be married and own homes than cat owners, both of which are factors known to contribute towards life satisfaction.
Other benefits of owning a dog versus a cat include more exercise. A recent study of 2,000 adults found that dog owners walk an average of 870 miles a year, which not only revealed they tend to be fitter than non-dog owners, but that they also have overall improved levels of mental health and reduced stress levels.
Are you a dog person or a cat person? Regardless of your preference, owning any type of pet has positive benefits and can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and alleviate symptoms of depression.