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Let’s start by saying this: stereotyping and cataloging people based on surface observations is hardly a way to get to know someone.

Having said that, there are sometimes shared traits among groups of people. Fortunately for dog people, pretty much all of those clichés are nothing but awesome.

Here are five positive stereotypes about dog people that almost always totally true.

1. They Tend To Be Friendlier And More Open To People

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After watching your pup sniff a stranger’s crotch at the dog park, there are few things that are able to throw you for a loop in the social realm.

Dogs are pack animals who need lots of socialization, and you are, too.

A study published in the journal of Anthrozoos confirms this. When self-identified dog people were rated on five personality traits–extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness–they scored higher on extroversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness!

2. They Know The Value Of Loyalty

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Dogs are great companions because of their loyalty. And since you expect this loyalty from the furriest member of your family, you often give your loyalty to others you consider near and dear to your heart.

Dogs give unconditional love, and you have no qualms about giving that to the people in your life who truly deserve it.

3. They Also Know The Value Of Treats

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Dogs can be easily trainable with the right set of treats. Sit? Stay? Roll Over? All attainable with the promise of a peanut butter filled Kong.

Much like your dog, you may work off of a reward system to help you get through some of the less pleasant tasks of your day. Need to finish that report by five? There’s a slice of pie waiting for you once you hit “print.” Treat yourself!

4. They Pick Up On Social Cues, Fast

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Dogs react based on social cues. Things like the way you move, your voice level, and tone of voice are all things that dogs use to assess how they should react.

Watching your canine’s reactions to your cues can, in turn, make you more aware of those cues. In a sense, that can give you a better understanding of the non-verbal communication that other people use and make you more socially aware.

Much like your dog, you, too, can normally get a good read on a room–not just with dogs, but with people.

You know whether your co-worker wants to be left alone or wants to chat about an upcoming project. Some people may think you have a sixth sense. You do–the pup sense.

5. They Tend To Follow Their Code And With Lots of Energy

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Combine all of the above traits–the love of socialization, loyalty, and the ability to pick up on social cues–and you have one energetic, rule-abiding citizen.

Because of dog people’s agreeableness and conscientiousness, they tend to follow the rules that help everyone get along. They have a moral code that takes others’ needs into consideration.

We all know that Fido may break the rules every once and a while–and you may, too–but your combined loyalty and conscientiousness make you aware of how you’re affecting others.

This sometimes contrasts with self-proclaimed cat people, who are more independent and also scored higher on the neuroticism scale according to the same Anthrozoos study mentioned earlier. Independent thinking can also be a great thing, so don’t worry if you love kitties! We love them too!

Do any of these stereotypes ring true to you? Or do they not apply to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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