Why do people choose a dog that looks like them? The answer may give you a new appreciation of the strong bonds we humans have forged with our furry friends.
In fact, there are some strange and unexpected similarities with the way we choose our other, two-legged life partners.
We have heard about dogs and their human companions looking for the same. But perhaps we have never seen evidence as persuasive as these images. It is a scientific fact that dogs look like their owners.
Michael Roy, of the University of California at San Diego, was one of the first psychologists who put the idea to the test. Going to three dog parks nearby, he photographed the dog and the owners separately and then asked a group of participants to try to match them up. Despite the absence of additional cues, he discovered that they could work out who lived with whom with reasonable accuracy. The result was repeated several times. More importantly, the resemblance may be slight but noticeable.
While this concept will not apply to everyone, it remains an interesting phenomenon. So, the next time you come across a dog on a walk, take a look and see if there is a resemblance to the person on the other side of the leash.