Dogs who look like their owners

Have you ever been to the park and noticed a few dogs who look like their owners? Evidently, it’s a known fact, and it’s even been backed by a semi-scientific study.

Michael Roy, a psychologist from the University of California, San Diego, went down to three different dog parks, and separately snapped photographs of dogs and their owners. He then asked a group of participants to look at the pictures and try to match the dogs with their owners. More often than not, the participants were able to accurately match the dogs with their owners.

There’s some speculation that dogs tend to take on the personality of the owner. They may also assume certain facial expressions and, through some sort of weird assimilation process, eventually resemble their keepers. Supposedly, it comforts a dog to look like the rest of the pack.

So there you have it – an explanation for how some dogs can look like their owners. Here’s hoping you have a good-looking doggy.

Read more about this at BBC Future

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

a dog who looks like its owner

Which dog do you think looks most like its owner?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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