Why Dogs are Better Than Cats

Alexis O.

Manging Editor

Most people who own a furry friend are either classified as a dog person or a cat person. Some think that cats are less work, they can be independent, or that they do not need much care or time. While none of these myths about cats is true, cats have virtually zero benefits over the joy and happiness a canine brings to any family, which is why it is an axiomatic truth: dogs are better than cats.

The first pro about dogs is that they are a million times easier to train than a cat will ever be. They respond well to positive reinforcement and learn to obey rules when constructively criticized. One can teach a dog anything from the simple “sit” command to leading a search for a missing person or rescuing a drowning child from a body of water. “My cousin is blind, and she has a seeing eye dog. Nestle (a chocolate lab) helps her live her everyday life with more ease and more comfortably,” says senior Cindy Nielsen. Some of the smarter breeds include Border Collies, Poodles, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Doberman Pinschers. Unfortunately, most Spaniels tend to be on the cognitively-challenged side (bless their little hearts), but who doesn’t love a floppy eared, sweet-tempered dope?

While Spaniels and Hounds are typically on the dumber side, all dogs are significantly smarter than cats. Has a dog ever gotten stuck in a tree? Well, the only breed that can actually climb a tree is the Catahoula Leopard Dog, but the breed is not senseless enough to do so. Cats get themselves into more mischief than most animals, and they especially like squeezing into tiny places where getting out becomes an even bigger issue. Firefighters will never have to come to the rescue when one has man’s best friend by his or her side.

Cats and dogs both make good company, but how well can a cat really protect a home? That question does not even need to be answered. Dogs are the ultimate guardians, for they are pack animals, and every member of the pack, owners included, is supposed to protect each other. While the barking and growling at outside sights and sounds can become annoying, that irritating yapping could potentially save a family’s life. Senior Blake Jacobs states, “Our Yorkie can be so irritating when she barks at what is outside, but she actually helped catch kids rolling our house once late at night.” Some of the most prominent guarding dog breeds include the Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Doberman Pinscher, and Rottweiler. All of these breeds have the potential to be wonderful, loving, family dogs if raised the right way and in the right type of environment. Their guarding instincts should only be displayed when instructed or when intimidated by a strange person.

Another plus to owning a cuddly canine is that dogs lead much more active lifestyles than cats do. Cat sleep for up to 16 hours a day on average and tend to become lazier with age. Dogs require daily walks, and a dog cannot walk itself, so therefore the owner must partake in the exercise also. When one is sitting on the couch, watching TV, with absolutely no motivation to do anything productive whatsoever, all it takes is the dog looking up at the owner with those sad eyes, begging to be walked. Who can say no to that? One’s body and brain will be thankful later.

It is said that affection is the root behind all emotional connections, and there is not any living creature more affectionate than a dog. A dog is literally the only creature on this planet that loves his owner more than he loves himself. Cats, conversely, sometimes show little to no affection at all, being way more preoccupied with themselves. Senior Jennifer Streetmon says, “My cat hates me. I barely ever see her, and when I do, she runs away from me in terror.” Many owners can tolerate this, but as stated before, affection is one of the building blocks of emotional attachment. Playing with one’s dog can relieve stress and give anyone an all-around feeling of happiness. Dogs can easily be considered the light of anyone’s life.

It is believed by many that dogs have almost a sixth sense, they know when their owner is upset or sad. They try to be comforting and ease the pain. Cats, on the other hand, only truly care about their owner remembering to feed them twice a day. The biggest difference between the two is the selfishness of cats and the selflessness of dogs. So, therefore, there is no question as to which of the two, canine or feline, makes a better family pet/companion. Dogs are easily trainable, smart, protective, affectionate, and the most loving creatures on this earth. Kittens are adorable, but as they age and mature, they become less and less friendly and more concerned with themselves. Dogs grow closer to one’s heart every day and build an unforgettable relationship with their owners.


  1. Doris McBride says:

    Excuse me my cats are actually very sensitive to my pain, they comfort me on stressful nights and I don’t appreciate you demeaning them like this. My cats have been extremely affectionate all their lives, to the point where i can barely keep up with how much loving they try to give.

    You see, cats and dogs have pros and cons, and different people like different things. But cats are not unemotional beasts. Cats tend to be more subtle and not as overbearing, it a quiet comfort that i need.

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