Choosing A Dog | Does Your Dog Resemble You?

Here’s a question posted by Liz about choosing a dog that resembles the owner.  I don’t know anything more about Liz than her name but I posted a reply which I thought you might all want to share.

It sounds funny but according to a latest study when people pick a dog, they seek one that, at some level, resembles them. Do you think there is truth in this? Liz

I think a dog should resemble its owner, but not in looks.  Resemblance to someone or something goes a lot deeper than the surface.  Choosing a dog is the same as choosing a life partner – you don’t find a compatible match just because you LOOK alike. 

So here is my reply:

Hi Liz. Yes I do think people choose a dog that in some way resembles them. It could be that the dog looks like them – we often see dogs with owners who look uncannily alike. Around here I see a lot of people with Staffordshire Bull Terriers who are as square as their dog! However, the way a dog looks isn’t the only way a dog should resemble its owner.

I say a dog should resemble its owner in its personality and outlook on life. That way, the dog and the owner are matched and can be in harmony for ever. My lurcher Kylah is perfectly matched and resembles me in many aspects of her personality. She’s outgoing, outspoken, independent-minded, intelligent, a bit dominant, charming and sweet when needed, and has a huge sense of humour. She loves people she knows dearly, has a long memory and will make sure she has checked a new person out thoroughly before she accepts them as a friend. My other dogs have all has personalities that in some way resemble my own. As I am short and rather stocky, I don’t think my elegant dogs look like me physically, but they do match me mentally.

As far as I’m concerned choosing for looks only works if the dog resembles the owner in the ‘personality’ stakes. By personality I mean the dog they’ve chosen is in line with most important aspects of that person’s lifestyle – can the dog cope with the working hours, exercise level, household type, kids etc. A lot of people who don’t choose dogs that resemble them and their lifestyle end up with a big problem, which is why I wrote my book helping people to really appreciate how to get it right. There are lots of pieces in the jigsaw puzzle!

As for me, I hope that one day I might be as sleek and fast as my dogs!

I want everyone to choose the dog for them – and much of this IS about resemblances and similarities.  You and your dog have to share a lot of the same likes and dislikes, personality traits and needs for your life together to be brilliant.   That’s why I put it all down in my e-book and made sure you can access a foolproof, step by step system to make sure you and your dog match each other perfectly!

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