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Dogs and their owners – spot the difference!

Have you ever heard that saying that owners look like their dog?  I started thinking about this when I was walking my own hound (a labradoodle) this lunchtime and I am getting a little obsessed by the idea.  Take the Queen and her corgis.  Is she not small and neat like that breed?  I can’t imagine her with a leggy wolfhound.  There’s a kind of game readiness about her that fits with her pets.  Then Kate and Will got themselves a cocker spaniel, Lupo, who has long dark ears that echo the Duchess of Cambridge’s most spectacular feature, her long flowing locks.  Across the pond, Barack Obama and family have a cute Portuguese water dog whose coat has some resemblance to the great man’s own head covering – at least before the trials of office turned his hair more pepper and salt.  A couple of the photographs of them running around the White House together seem to suggest they have the same loping bound, but that might just be clever camera work.

The official portrait of the Obama family dog, "Bo", a Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn of the White House.

The official portrait of the Obama family dog, “Bo”, a Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn of the White House.

"The Obamas welcome Bo, a six-month old Portuguese water dog and a gift from Senator and Mrs. Kennedy to Sasha and Malia, recently at the White House".

“The Obamas welcome Bo, a six-month old Portuguese water dog and a gift from Senator and Mrs. Kennedy to Sasha and Malia, recently at the White House”.

The rule seems to run into literature too.  Hagrid’s dog, Fang, is as giant sized as he is.  Bullseye, Bill Sykes dog in Oliver Twist, is a fighter like his owner.  Snowy has the investigative courage of his owner, Tintin, and sticky-up ears that mirror his master’s quiff.

This kind of thinking has led to the phenomenon of memes.  My favourite one is the otter/Benedict Cumberbatch series.  Maybe we can all look like anything if enough picture research is done to match expressions, but it is amusing nonetheless.  The human eye seeks out familiar expressions in other creatures.

So here is the million dollar question: what about me?

Caspar

You can be Julia Goldingthe judge of that. Caspar is a family dog, so I guess he might look like all of us- scary thought!  Do you look like one of your pets – or should that be the pet looking like you?

6 thoughts on “Dogs and their owners – spot the difference!

  1. Casper’s ears look a bit like your hair, maybe??
    I think dogs do look like their owners – My Dad looks like our dog Pippin, and I look a bit my doggie – Merrie’s ginger ears to my hair!!!
    I love the Benedict Cumberbatch – I saw him the other day!!!!!

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