Scientists Discover Why Dogs Look Like Their Owners

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It’s a commonplace remark that many people and their dogs look alike, but how could this be actually true? Some scientists in Japan decided to try to find out. What they discovered might surprise you. According to their findings, it’s all in the eyes:

It’s not about hairstyles, obesity, gender, height, or even eye color. As Nakajima points out, since all of the human models were Asian dog-owners, they all had similarly dark-colored eyes. Instead, it’s clearly something that’s being conveyed in the shared look about the eyes of dogs and their people.

Next time you look in the mirror with your dogs, see if you can see the similarity.

Click here for the full story on Slate.

Click here for a synopsis from Smithsonian.

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