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Published September 11, 2010, 12:23 PM

It's a Doggy Dog World ... for the time being

The age-old rivalry between "man's best friend" and the pet with "nine

lives" continues. It seems this year the dog is edging out the cat as Americans' favorite pet. According to a new poll by the Associated Press, Americans prefer dogs to cats overwhelmingly. What's more, dog people are far less tolerant of cats than cat people are of dogs, it seems. The poll also indicated men are more likely to choose dogs as pets than women are.

The reason many people prefer dogs to cats is their loyalty and their need for human interaction. Cats do require affection and interaction, say experts, but they may be content to go off on their own for some time as well. Dogs are also more readily trainable and will do tricks and follow commands to please their owners. Many cats will not.

Cat lovers, however, appreciate the independence of their pets and that cats generally require less daily upkeep than their canine counterparts. Litter box training negates daily walks, and cats can groom themselves and generally be content if left alone for a short duration of time.

That isn't to say the tides may change in time for next year. Meows may outweigh bow-wows again in popularity soon enough.