35 Reasons Why Dogs are Better Than Cats

Many people love both dogs and cats, but there is a considerable debate out there on which one is better. In this article, we will be sharing with you all the reasons why dogs are better than cats. Read on to learn all the reasons why dogs are so cool and the best pet you can own.

Reasons Dogs Are Better Than Cats

1. Always Affectionate

Dogs are very loving; even when you are not paying attention, your dog will likely come lay or sit beside you while you are doing other things.

Dogs get excited when their owner comes home even if the owner was only gone for twenty minutes, so your dog will be very glad to see you.

This type of affection is not as strong with cats. A cat wouldn’t care if you were gone all day. There are times when cats can be affectionate, but it truly isn’t as much as a dog’s love.

2. Better Companions/ Friends

Dogs make lifetime companions. Your dog will want to be by your side until its last days. There is something truly beautiful about the bond people have with dogs. If you look back in history, you will see us coexisting and loving dogs for hundreds of years.

A dog is a friend you can have for a very long time. One that will listen to you, snuggle with, and be loyal to you throughout its life.

Dog Loving Owner

3. You Can Play with your Dog Outside

Dogs need exercise each day, and honestly, so do you. One fun way to achieve this is by playing with your dog outside. Cats do go outside, but they run off on their own. Cats do not stop to play with you as a dog would.

Dogs will play fetch, chase, frisbee, and even tug of rope outside with you. That is another reason why dogs are better than cats because you can play outside with them.

4. Dogs Accept Change Easily

When you own a cat, it can be very hard for the cat to adapt to its environmental changes. For example, if you are moving, your cat may pick up on it and go hard somewhere in the house or even outside, making it extremely difficult to find.

Dogs are different. Yes, a dog can have anxiety due to change up; they typically adapt faster than a cat. When a dog is brought into a new situation, it can usually cope better. I know this may not be the case for all dogs, but in general, your dog should be able to get through the change and accept it better.

5. Protect Owners

Most dogs have the natural trait to protect their owner. If your dog isn’t super protective of you, your dog will be very protective over the house and property. Dogs will bark and sometimes even growl in the presence of danger.

Cats don’t care who comes into their home or on their property. If your cat feels frightened, it will run away on its own and leave you in the dust. On the other hand, dogs may protect an owner and even protect an owner in the way of danger.

Better For People Who Need Exercise

6. Better for People Who Need Exercise

No matter how old, dogs will need to get outside to get some sort of exercise each day. Small dog breeds need between twenty minutes of exercise a day, and large dog breeds may need up to two hours.

When you take your dog out for a little exercise, you can be glad that your dog is helping you get some exercise too. If you want a extra athletic dog, one that can handle a lot more exercise than a small breed dog, you should get a larger dog breed.

You can do so many fun things outside with your dog, such as skateboarding, swimming, playing fetch, and so much more.

7. Enjoy Car Rides

Some dogs have extreme anxiety when it comes to riding in the car, but many dogs actually love it. Have you ever heard of a cat enjoying a car ride? Most cats are completely scared to ride around in a car.

Dogs will likely love it after they have been exposed to it enough times. I see countless dogs in cars sticking their head out the window, enjoying the view.

8. Bigger Personalities

Dogs are very expressive in their personalities, from the way they look at you with happiness or even disgust on their face to barking trying to communicate to you.

Owners sometimes feel they know what their dog is saying even when it is talking just by their personality.

Dogs can express their personality in so many ways, and people love that about dogs. Cats aren’t as expressive when it comes to dogs. They meow and purr that’s about it.

Dogs Have Big Personalities

9. Strong Bond to Owner

Dogs form an attachment to their owners. Almost any dog is going to be loyal and form strong bonds with their family units. So, everyone in the household will form a bond with the dog.

Cats do love their owners but not in the way that they have some sort of bond with them. Cats could care less what you are doing or when you are coming back, but a dog really cares and wants to be with you all the time.

10. There’s a Dog Breed for Everyone

There are so many different types of dogs in the world, from big to small. There are also so many different types of breeds. You can search through hundreds of breeds to find one that will suit you the best.

There are varieties of cats too, but not as many as dogs. The American Kennel Club recognizes 195 different dog breeds, and the Cat Fanciers Association recognizes 42 different cat breeds.

There is truly a dog breed out there for anyone. Big, small, athletic, lazy, working dog, to companion dog every person should be able to find their perfect dog breed.

11. No Litter Boxes

Nobody likes a litter box. They are messy, sticky, and someone the litter pellets end up on the floor around the house. Even cat owners despise the litter box.

One of the great things about dogs is they don’t use a litter box. Now you will certainly have issues if your dog is not potty trained, but once you get to that awesome stage of just opening the door to let your dog out to go potty, you will be so happy you have a dog, not a cat.

Dogs Are Easier To Train Than Cats

12. Trained Easier Than Cats

Both dogs and cats can be trained to do different things, but dogs can be taught easier. There are also more things you can teach a dog than a car, from commands, tricks, behaviors, and so on.

Dogs enjoy training naturally. They love to please their owners and make them happy. Treats are also a nice incentive for your dog to do training.

Cats tend to get bored with training after a while, and they can take or leave the treat, unlike a dog who needs to eat it.

13. Dogs Don’t Get Hairballs

Cats get an extreme amount of hairballs. It is very disgusting when you hear your cat start heaving. Be ready to see a hairball come out. Dogs thankfully, do not experience hairballs. That is another reason why dogs are better than cats!

14. Dogs Will Eat with You

When it becomes time to eat a meal, your dog will be close by, ready for you to share. Cats do not beg for food like dogs do, so when you’re eating, you probably won’t see a cat staring at you wanting some.

Some dog owners eat meals with their dogs. Make sure you research what your dog can and cannot have before sharing people food with your dog. Prepare your dog a small plate and enjoy each other’s company over food.

Dogs Will Eat With You

15. Get Excited When You Come Home

No matter if you were gone ten minutes or ten hours, your dog will likely be so excited that you are back and will greet you with so much happiness. Cats don’t seem to have this reaction when you come back. Your cat might not even know you left.

Next time you open up the door from a long day at work, see who runs to the door first to greet you home. Likely it will be that sweet face of your dog!

16. Dogs are Better with Kids

If your dog has been exposed to children from an early age, your dog will likely be very good with children. Your dog will probably enjoy playing with children, especially when your dog is a puppy.

Cats can be good with children but can also get very irritated quickly, meaning your dog could scratch or just hide from children when it doesn’t want to play.

Dogs can typically play for hours helping tire out the kids, and this will also tire out your dog. Remember, a dog is a child’s best friend!

17. Dogs Have a Sixth Sense

Dogs have a Sixth sense, which means they have the traditional five senses plus one more. The sixth one is more of a gut feeling where your dog and even other animals can feel something about to happen, such as a big storm or even a disaster coming.

Dogs Are Heros

18. Dogs are Heroes

Again, dogs can be trained to do pretty amazing things from search and rescue, drug/bomb detection, and so much more. Some dogs have even been trained to detect cancer in certain patients.

There is no debate when it comes to the ability that dogs have to be heroes. There are so many true stories of dogs who have truly helped or saved someone’s life.

19. More Famous Dogs Than Cats

There are so many famous dogs out in the world. I’m sure you can count at least five real or fake famous dogs. Some examples include: Snoopy, Scooby-Doo, Lassie, Beethoven, toto, and so many more. Have you ever heard of a famous cat beside grumpy cat?

You will see more dogs in movies and T.V. shows than cats because they simply can be trained better, and cats usually don’t care very much.

20. Help You Make Friends

Dogs surprisingly allow you to make more human-to-human connections. This can happen just by walking your dog and kids or people stopping to pet your dog or even passing by another person walking their dog you might engage in conversation.

There are also many clubs and meetups that center around dog owners meeting other dog owners, play dates for dogs, and even festivals for certain dog breeds? Have you ever heard of a cat playdate? No, because that’s only a fun, cool dog thing!

Dog Selfies

21. Selfies

Taking selfies with animals of all sorts is so much fun. If you have ever been browsing on Instagram or Facebook, you might notice some of your friends taking selfies with their dogs.

Dogs have very expressive faces which makes it so much to capture a picture of you and your dog smiling together. Yes, you could do this with your cat, but people generally have more fun taking selfies with dogs!

22. Dogs Come in Different Looks and Sizes

When it comes to choosing a dog that will fit your needs and personality, you can be extremely picky if you want to. There are so many different types of dogs out in the world, and they all look different.

Most cats have a similar look, but you can still have a choice there; there aren’t as many as dogs, though.

You can choose to have a small, big, fat, skinny, short-legged, long-legged, hairy, or even a short-haired dog. The choice is up to you, and they are endless.

23. Dogs Respond to Their Name

Dogs know their name after a while of living with you. One thing a dog will do that a cat doesn’t is respond to its name. When you call your dogs name, it will become alert looking at you.

Cats will likely ignore whatever it is you are saying. When a dog hears its name, it will think, “did you just call my name because you want to play?”.

24. Dogs Can Smell Disease

Dogs can actually be trained to detect and smell certain diseases, such as cancer. There have been some studies showing that dogs can sniff out the cancer patients around placebo patients.

There are actual facilities that train a dog to sniff out ovarian tumors by training dogs with its smell on a blanket. So, some dogs are actually able to warn people about cancer that they may be unaware of.

Dog Swimming

25. Swim With You

Dogs love water from a lake to even the ocean; most dogs will jump right in and begin to play. One activity you and your dog can both enjoy is swimming together. I doubt that any cat would actually enjoy swimming in a pool with its owner.

Most dogs will just right in without you even telling them to and swim around. I have had my own personal experience swimming with a friend’s dog of mine. Every time we would be swimming, the dog would get so excited that it would jump in with us.

26. Dogs Love to Cuddle

Cuddle time is so fun whether you have a big or small dog. All dogs love to get cuddle time. Next time you’re watching a movie on the couch, call your dog over for some snuggles.

27. Traditionally Man’s Best Friend

If you look back in history, you will notice dogs coexisting and sharing homes with their owners for 1,000s of year. That can only mean one thing; dogs are the perfect companion or best friend to us humans.

Have you ever heard the term “Dogs are man’s best friend” Its because this saying is true. People don’t talk about cats in this way. Dogs were bred from wolves long ago to create a helpful working companion dog for us.

These dogs turned into loyal companions that went everywhere with their owners. We share a symbiotic loving relationship with dogs.

Dogs Babysit Children

28. Dogs Can Outsmart a Cat

Dogs are very smart, and I have noticed some occasions of a dog and a cat messing around with each other, and the dog can actually outsmart the cat.

Watch closely and see which is the smarter animal in your home.

29. Dogs Will let you Bathe Them.

Most dogs are fine with getting bathed, but we all know that cats hate water and will not let you bathe them without a fight. Dogs will not scratch you during a bath; you may have some problems with a dog trying to escape, but overall, things will likely go smoothly.

30. Dogs Babysit Children

Again, as I said above, dogs are so good around children. I know this is not the case with every dog, but dogs that have been well socialized should be friendly around children.

Dogs are also helpful babysitters for children when you have to get work done on the computer or even just house chores. Your dog can play and keep your child occupied for a certain amount of time.

Cats will just lay there, and your child will get too bored with a cat babysitter.

31. Dogs act as a Vacuum

Dogs are the ultimate vacuum cleaner, especially if you have messy children. If your child is extremely messy when eating like my children are, you won’t have to worry as your dog will eat all the food droppings off the floor.

If you have children of your own, you will totally understand how awesome a dog is for doing this because it will help clean your house, and your dog will have fun doing it.

Dog Having Fun

32. Dogs Eat Bugs and Spiders

Some dogs just eat everything they see, whether it’s food or not. I have my dogs eat random bugs just flying around before. If you are afraid of bugs or spiders, your dog might be your savor. You won’t have to worry about grabbing a broom to swat the spider on the floor because chances are your dog will eat it.

33. Made for Work

Most dogs are made for certain jobs. A hunting dog is trained to learn how to hunt game animals or retrieve waterfowl. Herding dogs are used to watch over livestock or to herd sheep and cattle.

Some breeds are even used for more intense jobs, such as working with the military or police force. Also, some may be used for certain therapy’s or disabilities.

For hundreds of years, dogs have been used to aid owners in work and jobs to help make it easier. The intelligence of a dog makes it perfect to perform these tasks.

34. Comfort You When Sad

Dogs know where things are happening; that is why when you feel sad or lonely, your dog will truly know it. Your dog may give you some extra cuddles or try to cheer you up by pawing you and getting your attention. Just know if you’re having a bad day, you can come home to your loving dog to cheer you up.

35. Dogs Will Play Dress-Up

I know many dog owners that absolutely love to spend their time dressing up their dogs in outfits or costumes. My own mother has Christmas sweaters for all her dogs. If your dog doesn’t mind playing dress up this will be a fun activity for you and your dog to do together.

Dog Dress Up


As you can see, there are many reasons why dogs are better than cats. It also comes down to if you’re just a dog person or just a cat person. I like both, but if I had to choose, I am obviously going with the dog. Dogs can do some many cool things, and that is why they are superior to the cat.

Let us know what you think below in the comments. Do you agree that dogs are cooler than cats? Do you have any other reasons that we did not mention above why dogs are better than cats? Let us know down below.

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