Photo: a dog and a cat
Cats and dogs both make wonderful pets. Which is your favorite?

Photograph from Juniors Bildarchiv/Alamy

Dogs and cats have different personalities, and often they like to do different things. But both have one thing in common: They love their people, which, when you come right down to it, is the single most important quality a friend can have.

Top Ten Most Popular Dog Breeds:

  1. Labrador retriever
  2. Golden retriever
  3. Yorkshire terrier
  4. German shepherd
  5. Beagle
  6. Dachshund
  7. Boxer
  8. Poodle
  9. Shih tzu
  10. Miniature schnauzer

(According to the American Kennel Club)

Top Ten Most Popular Cat Breeds:

  1. Persian
  2. Maine coon
  3. Exotic
  4. Siamese
  5. Abyssinian
  6. Ragdoll
  7. Birman
  8. American shorthair
  9. Oriental
  10. Burmese

(According to The Cat Fanciers’ Association)

Fast Facts:

  • 39% of U.S. households own at least one dog
  • 34% of U.S. households own at least one cat