We have all seen amusing examples of dog owners who bear a striking resemblance to their pets, but an interesting study of British dog owners recently revealed that dog owners not only subconsciously chose a breed with similar physical characteristics, they also choose a breed that mirrored their own personalities.
Psychologist Lance Workman interviewed 1,000 dog owners about their character traits and found that agreeable friendly types chose Labradors, Hounds, known for their even temperament, are chosen by ‘calm, consistent people’ and working dog owners scored higher on agreeableness and intelligence.
But Workman’s most surprising finding was that the owners of ‘handbag breeds,’ normally associated with airhead celebrities, came out on top for ‘intelligence, openness and creativity.’
Whatever physical and personality differences there may be between the many and varied breeds available these days, they all share common characteristics that put us humans to shame.
As a lesson for people who have trouble connecting with their emotions just watch the joyful display of unconditional love on the YouTube clip of a Boxer dog greeting his owner, a soldier who has just returned after eight months from the Afghanistan War.
For a lesson in loyalty check out the recent story of Maggie, a Labrador retriever, who risked her life in heavy traffic to guard the body of her companion, hit and killed by a car in southern California.
These two humbling and exemplary characteristics are often ones that we mere humans struggle to emulate.