When you describe a cat or dog's personality, what's the noun for it? "My cat has this personality of ..." just sounds wrong.

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    This will likely depend on what the ellipsis represents. Can you provide one or two specific examples of what you want to communicate? – Chris Schiffhauer Dec 14 '12 at 19:26
  • @ChrisSchiffhauer, I won't be able to provide an example. Out of nowhere I had this thought today. – grokus Dec 14 '12 at 22:37

Veterinary behaviorists would call this temperament.

Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 2nd edition, defines it as:

the peculiar behavioral character and mental cast of an animal.

  • Tendency?
  • Predilection?
  • Disposition?
  • Temperament?

"Personality" is the right word. Also, they can be personable, and you can impersonate animals too.

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