Why You Look Like Your Dog

Ever think that you look like your furry friend? You may have some scientific evidence to back you up.

Current research shows that people tend to choose dogs that share their physical characteristics over dogs that look vastly different from them.

If an owner has a large nose, they might choose a long snouted pup. Factors as small as ear and eye shape can weigh into an owners decision unconsciously. Naturally we are drawn to pets that bear a resemblance to us.


Photographic Evidence You May Look Like Your Pet

Ines Opifanti, a German photographer, showed the amazing resemblance that pets and owners have to each other by matching 30 volunteers and their pets in side-by-side facial comparisons. Even though the humans and dogs are completely different species the similarities are uncanny.

What this shows is that through evolution we are shaped to nurture other creatures and love and care for them as our own. We tend to like things that are familiar to us biologically because we know them to be safe. If we recognize them, we can identify if they are a danger to us.

For example, our own faces are very familiar to us, we see them everyday in the mirror. If we see these traits displayed in a puppy, we are much more likely to choose that pet.

Theories

Scientist have been working to try to find the link between the idea that pets look like their owners and data that proves these theories.

There are main two arguments surrounding the topics of why people might look like their pets:

  1.  You adopt dogs that look like you because you are naturally attracted to the resemblance you have with them.
  2.  You start to look like your pet because you live together for an extended period of time and cohabitate with them.

The main finding of the research showed that these results were limited to purebred dogs vs mutts, but still held true. They were able to find that there is a significant resemblance between people and their dogs.

In other studies scientists further found if a woman had a long hairstyle they chose dogs with long face framing ears while women with short hairstyles tended to pick to prick or short-eared dogs. We’re much likelier to pass on our own traits to our dogs than we are to adopt theirs from cohabitation.

Owners and dogs are closely bonded and they influence each other’s lives. Our desire to nurture other creatures goes beyond our species entirely. When you adopt a dog, you look for one  that unconsciously  resembles you.

Petsies creates custom stuffed plush animals that will look just like your dog that you can take anywhere to show people how much you look alike.

This similarity phenomenon is interesting, adorable and can strengthen your bond with your pet even further.

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