|Purred: Wed Jan 12, '11 3:17am PST |
|Well, I'm usually a nervous wreck, so there goes the calm theory. I am sociable, but like to my alone time, too; because of the peculiar circumstances of my life, I am living a rather isolated existence, but I'm not particularly introverted.
I think two generalizations can be made. One is that women tend to be cat people, men to be dog people. Yes, that's an overgeneralization, but while there are male cat hoarders, you hear about more women, and it's not just because of the "crazy cat woman" stereotype. The cat world is, and always has been, dominated--and I do mean dominated--by women. Most breeders are women, or women working with their husbands. The majority of new breeds have been developed by women. At cat shows (I think Japan is representative, not an exeption), the exhibitors are perhaps 90% women, and the few men who are there are either there with their wives, or unmarried (for whatever reason). Women are also probably the majority of cat show judges.
Why would this be? Distinct dog breeds have existed and been nurtured for centuries, while distinguishing between cat breeds and developing them and creating new ones began in the mid-19th century. Dogs breeds, at least in theory, were developed for different functions. Cats breeds, for the most part, have been developed for their aesthetic value (yes, doggies are pretty, too). I think that women are more geared to appreciating cats aesthetically, while men perhaps are drawn to dogs because of their greater obedience and pack mentality.
It is also often said that dictators tend to hate cats. Probably they are turned off by the aloof nature of felines.
All of the above are just generalizations off the top of my head. The cat show part, however, does make me think that women bond with cats, perhaps because of their beauty, more than men do.
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