I prefer cats. And yes I've had a dog and I like dogs just fine. But cats just have that special something that a name cannot be placed to. And I also like their selectivity. When I call her, my cat comes running to me but she won't do that for any other person on the planet. In fact, to my cat, I am the most important person in the world and everyone else is unimportant and not worth her time. That kind of loyalty is pretty priceless.
When I want to be left alone, she does her own thing. When she's ticked at me, she lets me know. She's got tons of pride and spirit, even though she's totally dependent on me for food and such. One just has to admire that.
And yes, I don't like the way dogs jump up with their sharp toenails and they bark so loud, their coats are not as silky to stroke, they can smell bad. They can't purr either, but can't hold against them. They can't help it.