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It seems whenever cats and dogs are paired together, the dog will almost always be male while the cat will almost always be female. The cat will be [[CatsAreSnarkers sassy]], intelligent, but occasionally [[CatsAreMean cruel]]. The [[DogsAreDumb dog]] will be [[MenAreUncultured crude]] but [[DumbIsGood kind]].

Often their owners will be the same sex as the animals. Ergo, women will be cat people and men will be dog people.

Even if they're not contrasted with another species of animal, strangers will tend to assume by default that dogs are male — especially large or intimidating breeds — and cats are female. So widespread is this trope that a common misconception among children is that all dogs are male, and that all cats are female.

This trope could be due to the way dog's bodies are shaped and the way cat's bodies are shaped. Dog's bodies have big chests and small bellies and they tend to look more muscular. Cats bodies have small chests and they look rounder and curvier.
[[MasculineLinesFeminineCurves Dog faces also tend to be narrower and more angular (giving them a sharper, "rugged" look), while cats usually have more delicate features (making them look "prettier")]].

Speaking of inversions with the owners; if a male character owns a cat, it's often a sign of shared personality, say eccentricity, or intelligence level (thus masculine/catlike) as in ''{{Garfield}}''. If a woman owns a dog, it's often a sign of shared emotional bonds (thus feminine/doglike) as in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''. And MisterMuffykins is just about exclusively owned by a woman.

The cat in the trope could be of any species, but it's least likely going to be a lion. The dog in the trope is usually a domestic dog, but it could occasionally be a wolf.

An AnimalStereotype. See also CatGirl and GenderEqualsBreed. Often a case of HugeGuyTinyGirl. Subtrope of SpeciesEqualsGender.

!Examples and downplays:

* 1970s commercials for Purina Puppy Chow used the jingle, "Don't treat your puppy like a dog-dog-dog, feed him Puppy Chow," while Kitten Chow had, "Don't treat your kitten like a full grown cat, give her Kitten Chow."
* In the 1980s there was an animated advert for Quavers crisps which featured an anthropomorphised male dog who was [[InterspeciesRomance attracted to an anthropomorphised female cat]].
* The adverts for Animal Friends Pet Insurance feature a claymation female cat and male dog.
** There's also a cel-animated PSA about taking care of your pets from the early 2000's. It's hosted by a male dog and a female cat.
* Max and Molly, the mascots of 1-800-PET-MEDS.

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has Yamato's partner Gabumon (a dinosaur in a wolf pelt whose evolutions are actual wolves), as well as Hikari's partner Gatomon (whose earlier stages follow a cat-dog-cat transition, in an odd play of the trope). Gatomon even needed to go through a HeelFaceTurn.
* MagicalGirl anime ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' had Nubo and Cato, a male dog and a female cat respectively. [[spoiler: Partially subverted, as they're not ''really'' a dog and a cat but two fairies from the Flower Star who have taken up animal forms: in reality Nubo is a BigBeautifulMan and Cato is a white-haired girl.]]
* Played straight in a few [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]] in ''Manga/InuYasha'', with Shippo explaining the situation, Inuyasha was a dog, Koga was a wolf as expected. Kagome, however, became a cat girl in line with this trope

[[AC:Card Games]]
* The TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG has Felice and Wulf within the Lightsworn archetype. Ferris has the same effect as Wulf, which is to summon themselves if they are sent to the Graveyard from the deck. Felice is a CatGirl and Wulf is a WolfMan.

[[AC:Fan Works]]
* ''ZanyToTheMax'': Kat the Cat (as well as her 3 sisters) and Doug the Dog ([[NamesTheSame not the one]] from the [[NuttySquirrel Slappy Squirrel]] segments).
* ''Fanfic/ThinkingInLittleGreenBoxes'' which ships [[Franchise/HarryPotter Sirius]] [[TotallyNotAWerewolf Black]] and the [[Franchise/{{Spider-man}} Black]] [[CatGirl Cat]].

[[AC:Film - Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', there is Toby (a male dog owned by Basil) and Felicia (a female cat owned by Ratigan).
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Captain Amelia and Dr. Doppler are the PettingZooPeople version of this. [[spoiler:When they're married, their children even prove to be GenderEqualsBreed.]]
** The LicensedGame shows that they are the same species, with a form of BizarreSexualDimorphism, by allowing you to recruit members of their race, with all the males as dogs and all the females as cats.
* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' also has a TwoGuysAndAGirl version of this with Bolt and Mittens, but the second guy's a hamster named Rhino.

[[AC:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' combines this with ThreeAmigos.
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore'': Predictable trope along with predictable plot — a dog (male) and a cat (female) [and a pigeon] put aside their differences and band together to save the world from evil.
* ''Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murthy Mystery'' is a Disney DVD whodunnit mystery told through the eyes of a corgi named Tucker and a cat named Mrs. Murthy.
** What's especially odd about this example is that it is based on a book series in which Tucker is female. Yet the film corgi speaks in a male voice. And [[DogsAreDumb seems less intelligent]] and [[BigEater more obsessed with eating]] than her book counterpart (who might be as smart as the cat characters and is less obsessed with eating than [[AscendedExtra Pewter]], another cat character). [[PanderingToTheBase Hmmm...]]
* ''Oh Heavenly Dog'': Men reincarnate as dogs, women reincarnate as cats. [[UnfortunateImplications Gay men, however, reincarnate as cats]].
* The film version of ''TheBlueBird'' -- ''see'' {{Theater}}, ''below''. Gail Sondergaard is Tylette and Eddie Collins Tylo in 1940; Cicely Tyson is Tylette and George Cole Tylo in 1976.

* ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'' got [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Snuff]], the canine familiar of Jack, is the male part of the pairing with Graymalk, female feline familiar to Jill. There is a clear bloke/chick dynamic to their doggy/catty repartee and vice versa.
* In ''The WheelOfTime'', female magicians attract cats while males attract dogs.
* ''The Name of the Cat'' by Barbara Holland, an anecdotal nonfiction book, notes "Men who [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes hate cats]] [[HeManWomanHater and women]] say cats are like women, and will refer to the most swaggeringly masculine tom as 'she'."
* Broadly applies to ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Mr. Filch owns a female cat while Hagrid owns a male dog---they can be seen as counterparts since their owners are both Hogwarts caretakers with [[{{Foil}} contrasting personalities]]. When it comes to Animagus forms and Patronuses, the characters who get cats are women ([=McGonagall=] and Umbridge) and the characters who get dogs are men (Sirius and Ron).

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* In the pilot of ''TheBradyBunch'', the boys have a pet dog and the girls have a pet cat. Only the dog continued to the series, and even him for not very long due to Animal Existence Failure.
* Referenced in the ''NewsRadio'' episode "Hair" when Beth and Max refuse to believe that Lisa's puppy is a female: "All dogs are boys, all cats are girls!"
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'': The chief is Anubis "Doggie" Kruger and the technician is Kat Manx.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', when the group is criticizing Troy they cite his belief that all dogs are boys and all cats are girls. "There's no way to prove it!" he insists. "Have you ever seen a cat penis?"
* In an old ''SaturdayNightLive'' WWII spy-movie sketch, one of the cliche labored password phrases was "Cats are nothing more than effeminate dogs."
** More recently on SNL, January Jones, imitating a HouseWife from TheFifties, said to start pet names with "Mr." or "Ms." depending on species. "Remember: All dogs are male; all cats are female."
* Played with in ''MyNameIsEarl''. Earl's ex-girlfriend Jessie goes through TrainingFromHell to become a BountyHunter in order to get revenge on Joy for a) stealing Earl from her and b) knocking out her two front teeth. As part of her training, Jessie trades in her cat for a large dog. Although the gender of neither one of her pets is specified, the implication of the trope is there.

* ''KrazyKat'' may qualify. Although Krazy was sometimes portrayed as a male.
** WordOfGod is that the main characters weren't male or female so much as genderless whatnots he referred to as "pixies".
* The comic strip ''[[http://www.gocomics.com/pickles/ Pickles]]'' has Roscoe the dog and Muffin the cat.
* ''Just Like Cats & Dogs'', a single-panel comic drawn by Dave T. Phipps and distributed by King Features Syndicate, takes this trope and runs with it.

* Sizzle and Nuzzle in ''Series/ThePuzzlePlace''.

* In 4th Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', there are two types of the LittleBitBeastly race called shifters: the canine Longtooth shifters, and the feline Razorclaws. D&D's illustrations have always been good at depicting both genders equally, but looking through multiple sourcebooks one gets the impression that all Longtooth shifters are men and all Razorclaw shifters are [[CatGirl women]].

* ''TheBlueBird''
* The helpful cat and dog in the concentration camp opera ''Brundibar'' are respectively female and male. The cat is sly, but not bitchy, whereas the dog is exuberantly friendly.

* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the Growlithe line has a 75% chance of being male. The Skitty and Glameow lines have a 75% chance of being female. That last one is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by apparently being based on calico cats [[TruthInTelevision which really are mostly female]]; the combination of color genes involved requires two X chromosomes, so for a male to have the coloration requires that they have two Xs ''and'' a Y chromosome, which is abnormal and leads to sterility but is mostly harmless otherwise, or that their bodies be "chimeras" resulting from two zygotes merging together (a rarer condition).
** Odd thing is, [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction they can breed]]. (See the trope for [[BrainBleach more than you ever wanted to know]].)
* The DS game {{Solatorobo}} appears to make use of this as the protagonists are a male dog and female cat. However, the Caninu and Felineko races are not gender exclusive, and female Caninu and male Felineko not only exist, but are nearly as abundant as their counterparts. In fact, the other teased dog-cat pairing, Merveille and Béluga, inverts this.
** Its predecessor, ''TailConcerto'' on PS1 plays this straight, with the protagonist being a male dog while the love interest and an antagonist being a cat.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' has Felicia, a catwoman, and Jon Talbain, a werewolf.

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* The eponymous heroes of the late Rusty Haller's anthropomorphic TuxedoAndMartini SpyFiction ''Ace And Queenie''.
* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}''; respectively, Grape and Peanut.
* Technically they're shapeshifters, but the current forms taken by Reseda and Patrick in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'' are cat/female and dog/male. Possibly inverted with their more dangerous counterparts, the Tiger and the Wolf.
* Percy and Pooch in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' fit the personality stereotypes, if not the genders (both are male); Percy is an arrogant, aloof, and cruel cat, while Pooch is a dumb and overenthusiastic dog.

[[AC:Web Originals]]
* Although a little off topic as it's more UsefulNotes/FurryFandom then just plain old animals: In ''TrintonChronicles'' we have Bone, a male Shepard dog, who is not very bright but fairly creative and Kathrine, a white Persian, who is more motherly then bitchy.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has Rita and Runt, as seen in the page pic. However, Runt doesn't realize Rita isn't a dog no matter how many people (Rita included) he hears describing her as a cat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart has Santa's Little Helper [male dog] and Lisa has Snowball II [female cat].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', Tommy has his dog Spike, and Angelica has a pet cat named Fluffy.
** In ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'' (their crossover with ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'') Spike was put at odds with a female clouded leopard named Suri. He was voiced by Creator/BruceWillis, she was voiced by Christie Hynde.
* Kitty Katswell and Dudley Puppy from ''TUFFPuppy'' follow this trope.
* The eponymous characters of the ChristmasSpecial NickAndNoel. Guess which one is which.
* In ''{{Doug}}'', Doug's dog Porkchop is male, and Roger's cat Stinky is [[YourTomcatIsPregnant revealed]] to be female.
* In the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'', a boy named Kevin is the owner of Krypto while one of his neighbors, a girl named Andrea, is the owner of Streaky (aka Supercat).
** In the original comics, Superboy owns Krypto and Supergirl owns Streaky, a male cat.
* In ''StrawberryShortcake'', Custard the cat is female and Pupcake, the dog, is male.
* Special Agent Dotty and Special Agent Wolfie from ''SpecialAgentOso'' can count, even though Wolfie is a wolf and not a domestic dog.
** He's a wolf and wolves are canines, so he counts.
* Elsie (a female cat) and Harry (a male dog) from Disney's ''{{Stanley}}''.
* In the GenderFlip episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Jake the Dog becomes Cake the Cat.
* Dog (a male dog) and Cat (a female cat) from ''WordWorld''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a weird example. In an early episode, Stan adopts Sparky, a gay male dog. Cartman has a cat named Mr. Kitty, who was shown as [[YourTomcatIsPregnant a female in heat]] in ''Cat Orgy''. Then Mr. Kitty is a functional tomcat in ''Major Boobage''.
* The Hub's ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 Pound Puppies]]'' has the upper-crust [[InterspeciesRomance couple]] Madame Pickypuss and Mr. Cuddlesworth.
* Most of the dogs in ''WesternAnimation/PuppyInMyPocketAdventuresInPocketville'', including Magic, Zull, and Gort, are male and most of the cats, including, Ava and Eva, are female.
* ''DogCity'': Bugsy and Miss Kitty.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', when female Irken Tak comes to Earth to steal Zim's mission, her female S.I.R. unit Mimi is disguised as a cat. This is in contrast to GIR's disguise which is a dog.

* In the German language (which has three grammatical genders), there is "die Katze" and "der Hund", the former being feminine and the latter masculine. [[note]]That is, the generic term for cat also covers female cats in particular, whereas the most common generic term for dogs also covers male dogs. There are also 'der Kater' ("tomcat"), 'die Hündin' ("she-dog") and 'der Rüde' ("he-dog"), but they are never used generically. And now you know![[/note]]
** In lower sociolects of Hebrew, ''khatula'' (חֲתוּלָה), lit. ‘she-cat’ will be used as the generic term, although with the stress on the penultimate syllable (not on the last one, like in standard Hebrew). This was formerly associated mostly with people from Jerusalem; as a matter of fact, the Maccabi-Mutsri Square in Jerusalem is usually called ‘The ''Khatulot''[[note]]plural of ''khatula''[[/note]] Square’. As for dogs, the masculine is usually used for a generic term, as is the case with the vast majority of animals.
** Czech works similarly to German here. Generic terms "kočka" ("cat") is feminine and "pes" ("dog") is masculine, with specific words for the other genders "kocour" ("tomcat") and "fena" (female dog). Interestingly enough, the words for kitten ("kotě") and puppy ("štěně") are, along with other words for young animals and humans, neuter, making them gender-neutral.
* "Kitty" is a name, or nickname, applied almost solely to female humans, even though it's gender-neutral for cats. "Mutt" is a (rare) nickname applied almost exclusively to human males, although dogs of either sex can be mutts.
* "Pussy" is, of course, slang for a woman's ... CountryMatters, albeit far less taboo. However, there is no male equivalent invoking dogs.
* While colloquially a unisex term for our domesticated wolves, "Dog" is also used as a term for nearly any male canine (and some non-canines like hyenas and weasels)
* There is a brand of pet items (most notably Christmas stockings containing toys and treats) that follow this trope. The dog items range is named "Good Boy" while items for cats use "Good Girl".
* In Japanese gay slang, "neko" (literally "cat") refers to the effeminate partner in a butch/fem pair.

!Subversions and Inversions:

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', a RunningGag featured the Team Rocket trio's Meowth being tormented by a female Snubbull.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has Mao, a deep-voiced guy in the body of a black cat. In the interequel episodes, there is a female Contractor who similarly inhabits the body of a dog, and a pretty mutt-looking one at that.

[[AC:Fan Work]]
* [[http://silentravyn.deviantart.com/art/An-Unlikely-Couple-59942922 "An Unlikely Couple'']], a {{WAFF}} pic by UsefulNotes/FurryFandom artist Silent Ravyn, shows a female dog and male cat (both PettingZooPeople) romantically snuggling under an umbrella on a rainy day.

[[AC: Film - Animated]]
* Also subverted: Penny (to some extent) owns ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.
* Inversion: In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', there is Charlotte's pet kitten, Marcel, who is male, and her pet dog, Stella, who is female.
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' inverts this trope. Oliver is a male kitten and Georgette is a female dog.

* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series has Greebo the cat. He terrorises wolves, is all of the male ancestors of every kitten for miles around for generations and devours vampires that are incautious enough to turn into bat form in his presence.
** Although most of the canines that show up in the series are also male, i.e. Gaspode, Big Fido and [[MisterMuffykins Mr. Fusspot]]. There ''is'' a female werewolf.
* In the ''Abhorsen'' trilogy by Garth Nix, there are two magical creatures. Mogget the cat is male and the Disreputable Dog is, in her words, technically the Disreputable Bitch.
* The picture book ''Bittle'' features a male cat named Nigel and a female dog named Julia.
* In RudyardKipling's ''[[Literature/JustSoStories The Cat that Walked by Himself]]'' both the Cat and the Dog are male. The Dog however is associated with the Man, while the Cat is with the Woman.

* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had Salem Saberhagen, although as the surname implies he wasn't exactly the family pet; being turned into a cat is a fairly standard punishment for a number of rather serious crimes, regardless of the perpetrator's gender.
* AnimalPlanet's ''Series/ItsMeOrTheDog'' features a female dog trainer, Victoria Stillwell. Recently, the series gained a SpearCounterpart titled ''My Cat From Hell'' starring [[AwesomeMcCoolname Jackson Galaxy]], a male cat whisperer.
* ''Something''ed in ''Series/RedDwarf'', where the counterpart of the male Cat on the GenderFlip world was a male Dog.
** Played straight in the short lived American adaptation where Cat is female.

* In {{Garfield}}, there is a male cat (Garfield) and a male dog (Odie) with a male owner (Jon).
** There's a similar set-up with ''GetFuzzy'', with the male cat (Bucky), the male dog (Satchel), and the male owner (Rob). In addition, most of the reoccurring secondary characters, cat and dog alike, are male.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Hobbes is a male tiger and Calvin is a young boy.

* In the Chilean children's play ''"Carolita, Chumingo, y el Árbol Solo"'' ("Carolita, Chumingo, and the Lonely Tree"), the dog was a female and the cat was a male. They doubled as [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Savvy Male Cat, Energetic Female Dog]]: the tomcat was a lazy and old feline, the much younger puppy was a GenkiGirl.

* Anders from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is an avid cat lover.
* As noted above, ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' generally plays this straight with mostly male Growlithe and mostly female Skitty. However, special mention goes to the Snubbull line, bulldog-like Pokemon that are 75% likely to be ''female''.

[[AC:Web Comics]]
* Inverted by three of the characters in the anthro FiveManBand from ZooLaLa: J.T. is a male tabby cat while Angel and Jackie are a mutt and a Border Collie, respectively, and both female.

* Another inversion: ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues''. Blue, Green Puppy and Magenta are female dogs and Periwinkle is a male cat.
* Inverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' in which Evil the Cat gains a girlfreind named Malice the Dog.
* A near-inversion is ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. Mandy has a male dog named Saliva and Billy has a male cat named Milkshakes.
** In fact you can argue that Saliva is around to mostly contrast to Mandy's personality, and Milkshakes is only around to be tormented. Until they both get forgotten in later seasons.
* Inverted: Martha from ''MarthaSpeaks'' is a female dog owned by Helen, and Nelson is a male cat owned by Ronald.
* Inversion: Waffles and Chainsaw from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' are a male cat and a female dog respectively.
* Inversion: French cartoon ''Clementine'' has a male cat and a female dog who is in love with him.
* Subverted with WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow, the titular stars of Creator/HannaBarbera's very first TV series. Both characters are male. Ruff is a cat, Reddy a dog.
* Bella the female puppy and Figaro and Mr. Pettibone the two male kittens in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GuessWithJess'' - Semi-inverted - a male cat as the star character and a pair of dogs, one female and one male.
* {{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}, a male aardvark has a male dog named Pal. Francine, a female ape, has a male cat named Nemo.
* Captain Cuddlepuss and Trixie in ''CreatureComforts''.
* Tom the cat and Nellie the dog in ''WesternAnimation/PeepAndTheBigWideWorld''

[[AC: Other]]
* Some breeds of dog are more readily assumed to be female than others, particularly if they're delicately-built or elaborately groomed (e.g. poodles, Salukis, Afghans). Very large cat breeds, such as Maine coons, may be mistaken for male purely on account of their bulk, though this side of the inversion is less prevalent than the dog side of it.
* "Cat" can be a slang term for a young man like "chick" is for a young woman, though it's pretty out of use nowadays.
* Due to the popularity of cats on the internet, it's becoming less common for cats to be automatically portrayed as female, at least on the internet itself. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that the revival in their popularity is particularly noticeable among the young adult male demographic (arguably having been started by Caturday and lolcats on 4chan, which was once very male-dominated), and often focuses on the idiosyncratic personalities of cats rather than their cuteness. As a result, this demographic seems to be more likely to be able to relate to the cats and portray them as little furry versions of themselves. For examples of this, see the viral video of the cats playing pattycake with a voiceover by two young men, and innumerable other "translations" of cat videos that seem to give the cat a male voice most of the time. No such inversion seems to have taken place with dogs and women, however.
** Not in the exact same way, at least. But the stereotype of women having cute little dogs (such as poodles or chihuahuas) is actually relatively recent; most young single women used to go for cats before the modern idea of a small "purse dog" became popular. In the same ways young internet-dwelling men have lessened the focus on a cat's cuteness in favour of it's odd habits, stylish young women focus less on the idea of a dog as a protector or working man's animal in favour of treating it as the "baby" in the family.
* [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch "Bitch"]]; most common generic English insult for a female, originally the term for a female canine. Likewise "pussy" is an insult for a cowardly male, though that has more to do with [[CountryMatters female anatomy]].
* In French (and other Romance languages), the words for "cat" and "dog" are both grammatically masculine (''chat'' and ''chien''); in Russian they are both feminine (''koshka'' and ''sobaka'').