One of the eternal conundrums is: Do dogs look like their owners? If this perceived wisdom is indeed true, is it that dog grows to mimic its owner, or does the owner choose a dog in their own image?
Example of a Girl Looking Like Her Dog
What beautiful hair each has.
Example of a Boy Looking Like His Dog
My, those noses look similar.
So Alike – Same Smile
Because so many people make comments like, ‘My friend Jo looks like their dog Rover’, there must be some truth in saying. Many of the examples on the internet are posed, possibly in response to a ‘Dogs Look Like Their Owner’ competition. However, the origin of the saying pre-dates the internet, and even pre-dates photographs.
If we look further into the phenomenon, a number of reasons spring to mind. The most obvious effect is that people look at shop / litter / kennel of dogs and pick the dog that most looks like them. In other cases people truly love their dog, pamper it, and start grooming the animal and themselves along similar lines.
Another factor is that the comparison is invariably between a person and their dog. I have never heard it said that Jo looks like their cat, or that Steve looks like their hamster. Occasionally you hear comments that Fred looks like his cows, but let’s not peruse that avenue.
Close observation reveals that the dogs look like their owners only if they are pure-bred. Mongrels don’t show the same affinity. I would also suggest that when the similarity occurs, that it’s recognisable almost as soon as the owner brings the dog home.
Two final factors to support this assertion the dogs really do look like their owners, firstly reports or rumours appear from all societies that keep dogs. Secondly, the gender, or even the age of the owner does not matter.
- The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue – Anonymous
- Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful – Ann Landers
- If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went – Will Rogers
- There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face – Ben Williams
- A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself – Josh Billings
- The average dog is a nicer person than the average person – Andy Rooney
- We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made – M. Acklam
- Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate – Sigmund Freud
- I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult – Rita Rudner
- A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down – Robert Benchley
- Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog – Franklin P. Jones
- If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons – James Thurber
- If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise – Anonymous
- Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul: chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth – Anne Tyler
- Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea – Robert A. Heinlein
- If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man – Mark Twain
- You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right. I never would’ve thought of that’ – Dave Barry
- If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them – Phil Pastoret
- The tiny Chihuahua is the second most destructive dog you can have in your home, Will and Guy have discovered, behind the Great Dane.