Dogs Really Do Resemble Their Owners (And Vice Versa)

Studies from the United States, Venezuela, and Japan have all confirmed that dogs seem to resemble their owners. The studies had people attempt to match a photo of a dog with a photo of its owner, and subjects succeeded in this task at a statistically significant rate. The results of another study in 2012 suggest that this dog-human resemblance is most prevalent in the eyes: when the eye regions of the photos were covered, people's aptitude for matching dogs with their owners were reduced to chance levels.

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Do Dogs Really Look Like Their Owners?

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The mere-exposure effect refers to people's tendency to choose items and organisms that seem more familiar to them. 00:53

  2. Over time, dogs with a consistent owner figure start to mimic that person's facial expressions. 02:09

  3. Dogs tend to gain weight more quickly if they have a less active owner. 02:54

Are Cat People Smarter Than Dog People?

Find out if certain people tend to choose cats over dogs

Key Facts In This Video

  1. According to research, cat-lovers are more intelligent. 00:37

  2. Oxytocin is a hormone found in the brain that is released when humans come into contact with another living being. 02:02

  3. Cats view humans as equals, whereas dogs tend to change their behavior to be more submissive around people. 02:31

Dogs Can Actually Smile

Dogs have the ability to show emotion using facial expressions

Written by Curiosity Staff October 19, 2015

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