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Do You Have the Same Type of Pet That You Had as a Child?

Enough about the actual labels; do dog owners stick to canines in adult life with former kitty lovers still snuggling up to the big cats? My first pet was a pup named Joey and, lo and behold, I've got the rascally pooch North now.

According to Hal Herzog, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and author of the upcoming Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It Is So Hard to Think Straight About Animals:

People tend to gravitate toward the animals they were raised with. Cat owners tend to be raised in cat families, and dog owners tend to be raised in dog families. In fact, one study found the animal you like is the one your grandparents lived with.

Do the pets you own now correspond with those you had as a child? And if you know the pets your grandparents had, share that in the comments below!

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annm16 annm16 7 years
I have a dog now, and I've had 3 others growing up. I've never had the same type of dog though, all 4 have been different kinds and sizes. My boyfriend has already picked out our next dog for when we move in together (a Siberian Husky). So there is breed number 5!
Pampire Pampire 7 years
Growing up I had 2 Boston Terriers now I have a Boston and a Yorkie, so yes Bostons have my heart and now Yorkies do too!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
I grew up with a golden and brother has a golden now (he used to live with me but moved out), I have a lab mix--so we are dog people, always had dogs. My grandma lived with us, so she had our dog too (he was named after her initials) and my grandparents in Chicago had poodles when I was little and I HATED them (it was when I was still scared of dogs and I hated them) I still don't like poodles... We just got a cat and no one in my family ever had cats--my cousin does now but thats it.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
My great-grandparents had dogs, my grandparents had dogs, my aunts and uncles have dogs (and cats) and we grew up with dogs. My brother and dad are hideously allergic to cats so now kitties. I had hamsters and guinea pigs growing up too!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
When I was about two, my parents found this miniature poodle. He was in terrible condition- looked like he had been abused- so they kept him. He was a wonderful dog and finally passed away when I was 10. I prefer big, tough, black, short hair mutts (think black lab or rottweiler mixes), and had a black lab-hound mix for many years. Shortly after she died, I was walking home (from the bar, drunk) and this little skunk-sprayed Jack Russell Terrier followed me home. I bathed her and tried finding her owners, but no one came forward, so I kept her. She's great with my 4 year old and she is well behaved. So yes- my childhood pet was a small, sweet, yappy, stray, and my current dog is a small, sweet, yappy, stray. Next dog I get will be whatever large, friendly, short-hair dog they have at the pound. Or whatever follows me home!
facecandyblog facecandyblog 7 years
Growing up we always had little black dogs- usually poodle mixes. I find those are the type I'm usually most drawn toward too. My mom still has one. But at my house we have 2 cats. Mainly because we had a mouse problem and dogs require too much time and attention.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I had a cat growing up. She lived to be 22. After I'd moved out and whatnot I got a dog (my bf HATES cats) and now we have two dogs. I wouldn't mind having a cat but Brendan hates them
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I own two dogs. (I'd have a cat but I'm allergic to them). Growing up we had dogs and cats. My paternal grandparents never had pets (and my dad doesnt' really approve of animals in the house - go figure!). My maternal grandparents had dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, horses, goats, etc. And my mom loves all animals and I'm more like her in that aspect because if I didn't already struggle with allergies, I'd have more.
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