The rivalry between dog and cat is old as Giza’s pyramids or probably older, if new scientific research are to be believed. Hence, the million dollar question – Who’s better?? Let’s dig down to unearth the answer
Cats belong to families of felidae which also includes food chain apex preadtors – Lion,tiger,leopard etc. On the other dogs belong to caned family, consisting of wolves,foxes etc. In a battlefield, ferocious lion might rip a sly wolf apart but the table turns when we do comparison between home bred pets – seismis cats are no match for pitfalls. So have the dogs won already? Not so fast.
The depiction of them in pop culture is also polar opposite, while cats are portrayed as insolent.smart and lazy beings, their rivals are depicted as affable, unintelligent and active ( Garfield vs Scooby – doo ). Cats tend to overpower dogs and humans alike because of their ” sass” and ” chic” behaviour ,but in reality the picture is different. While ” sass” is something unmeasurable even by skilled scientist, smartness trait favour dogs.
Dogs have a social cognitive behaviour towards humans due to convergent evolution, i.e, dogs have been with humans for so long that they have adapted few social skills of our society, like a breed- collie, can remember upto 100 command. There is a dog named Oscar, who can hypnotise people with his stare, a trick that he learned from his hypnoyist master. A Canadian Television show ” Dogs with Jobs” broadcasts the various field the dogs are inducted for performing task for us – herding,rescue,sledging,police or therapy. But that doesn’t explicitly state about the smartness but adaptability that dogs had more with humans.
In retrospect of hunting, both have different approach, while cats are known for stealth and speed, dogs have endurance. In a race of 100 metre , cats might outdo its rival but in a longer run, dogs will be victorious. Nevertheless, in case of danger cats have an advantage as they are good climbers unlike canine which are earth bound. Its a no brainer, who has better olfactory capabilities, there is a valid reason why dogs are used in busting of drugs trafficking. If we go back in history, according to a research , cats have a better survival instinct than their counter parts– earlier when cat species were introduced in a dog populated area, few dog species became extinct due to competition for food. Hence, cats has resulted in dog species extinction but that can’t be stated vice- versa.
So should we give winning trophy to Cats???..Well, not necessary.
As in the end for a pet-parent, thing which matters most is the unconditional love provided by these furry creatures, so there’s no need of comparison as both are well suited in their own ways. Peace!!!