AR-News: dogs resemble their guardians
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Tue Apr 6 11:36:14 EDT 2004
DOGS DO RESEMBLE THEIR OWNERS, FINDS STUDY
Veterinary Sciences Tomorrow, April 6, 2004
The old adage that people resemble their pet dogs may really be true,
suggests a new study by US scientists. Pure-bred dogs can be matched to
their owners by strangers most of the time. But the same does not hold true
for mixed breed dogs, say Nicholas Christenfeld and Michael Roy,
psychologists at the University of California San Diego.
Sara Ward, a spokeswoman for the UK's Kennel Club, says there are "classic
examples" of people looking like their dog, such as seeing bigger dogs with
bigger handlers. "And if you are showing an Afghan - often it is quite an
elegant person running round with them," she told New Scientist.
Christenfeld has yet to discover what it is that "resonates" between a human
and their dog. But the researchers note: "It does appear that, as in the
case of selecting a spouse, people want a creature like themselves."
Journal reference: Psychological Science (May issue, vol 15)
NewScientist.com news service
31 March 2004
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