Dogs and their people have formed such close ties that it’s no surprise that they begin to resemble one other. The parallels are frequently subtle yet apparent, such as flowing locks, deep faces, or a funny grin. Gerrard Gethings’ lovely series of colorful photographs including these “doggelgängers.”
The assumption that a linked canine and a person bear similarities has been scientifically tested. One of the first to investigate this notion was Michael Roy, a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego. He accomplished this by visiting three dog parks, photographing the puppies and their owners individually, and then asking groups of participants to match them. Roy discovered that research participants could guess the pairings with “reasonable accuracy.” This finding, as well as similar research, has been replicated several times subsequently. Sadahiko Nakajima of Japan’s Kwansei Gakuin University conducted a test and discovered that 80 percent of participants accurately identified the dog/owner couples.
You may now conduct your own version of this study—sort of. Gethings’ beautiful images are included in the memory card game Do You Look Like Your Dog? It has 50 cards and challenges you to match 25 individuals with their animal pals while admiring Gethings’ amusing pictures. Laurence King Publishing produced the boxed game, which is available on Amazon.
Gerrard Gethings captured amazing images for the memory card game Do You Look Like Your Dog?, which is now available.