There are more pet dogs than cats, with 76 million dogs and 58 million cats owned in the US, showing a preference for dogs.
Dog owners spend significantly more on average per year on their pets for food, vet care, supplies indicating greater devotion.
Dogs are featured and highlighted far more than cats across media like ads, TV, movies, books reinforcing dog favoritism.
The "dog person" vs "cat person" stereotypes portray "dog people" as more outgoing, social and active.
The emphasis and popularity of dog breeds and competitions like Westminster shows more cultural interest in dogs.
Dogs take on more service roles and embody loyalty as cultural icons like Rin Tin Tin further elevating their status.
Dogs require more attention, walking, training which some view as rewarding. Cats are more independent.