World’s Wealthiest Prefer Dogs Over Cats

But, you’ll never guess which animal has first place in the hearts of the wealthy!

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


Credit: Reddit / Disney’s Cinderella (1950)

Thinking back to the cartoons and movies I watched growing up, the rich and powerful were always villains and they always had a cat. The main character would inevitably approach the antagonist who then emerged from the shadows, cat in hand, petting it ominously. Right? Despite this, the research firm, Wealth-X, found that ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals actually prefer dogs!


Wealth-X compiled the Top 30 hobbies for UHNW individuals and the primary three were: business, philanthropy, and sports. Animals made it into the Top 30, but further research showed surprising results.


The animals in the top five of the survey, according to preference are: birds, dogs, cats, horses, and fish. Do you think you can guess the order of most preferred to least?

Counting up From Last Place: Birds, Fish, Cats, Dogs, and then….



That’s right, horses beat out man’s best friend! Dogs did arrive at a close second, though, coming in at 33% (horses at 36.9%). Only 3.6% of the people surveyed showed interest in cats!

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