Do We Choose Pets That Look Like Us?

Have you ever noticed that people with time might start resembling their pets? Did it occur to you that big-sized people most probably prefer big-sized dogs, for example, and vice versa? Despite how strange it might sound, this actually happens, and there is scientific evidence for it.

Science found that primates have in the brain what is called the “mirror neurons”. These mirror neurons are responsible for imitating the behavior of others. However, with time it is found that such imitation can cause physical changes that make the person and what he imitates look alike!

Studies on these mirror neurons have discovered that not only do we unconsciously tend to prefer the pets that somehow look like us either in appearance, we also can with time take their shape, so that one can become as smiley as a Golden Retriever or grumpy as a Bulldog.

This involves attitude and personality as well. It is found that, for instance, those who have pet cats are the most dependable yet emotional, and those who have dogs are the most fun-loving and playful.    

Therefore, next time you decide to buy a dog or a cat or any other pet, choose wisely, because such decision will literally change you.


Cat, Horse, Dog - three animals that are loved by many people around the world. Cats are often known for their independent nature and their ability to groom themselves. They are also great hunters and are skilled at keeping mice and other pests at bay. Horses, on the other hand, are known for their strength and endurance. They have been domesticated for thousands of years and are often used for transportation, recreational riding, and even in competitions.

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