Dogs tend to look like their owners. Fact! The question is not so much whether this is true or not (we all can agree it is), but why do people choose dogs that resemble them.
Some psychologists believe it might be a spill over from the way we evolved to find mates: dating someone that looks like us may ensure that their genes are generally compatible with our own. Thanks to this imprinting, we may therefore prefer anything that looks a bit like us (friends, cars, gadgets). This makes comfortable and gives reassurance we’re accepted.
For example, women with long hair are more likely to prefer dogs with long, floppy ears, and heavier people tend to have fatter dogs. A tall, slim person would choose an Afghan Hound instead of French Bulldog. The resemblance is not always so obvious, sometimes it’s just the expression of the face or the way dog and human walk. Moreover, dogs and their owners both tend to show similar personality profiles. Calmer people would usually have lazier dogs, while an active runner would usually have a very energetic dog. Scientists from the Eotvos University in Budapest found out that there’s a two-way correlation here. It’s not just that dogs adapt to our lifestyle and try to copy us, but also we tend to like and choose dogs that have similar behaviour and needs to what we have.
So the bottom line is – our pure narcissism rules most of the choices in our lives, including what type of dog we get.
Here’re some fun examples how much this is true: