SCIENTISTS have proved it is possible to match a person to their dog just by their appearance. And the study suggests a possible reason - people are drawn to pets with similar physical attributes.
Men and women shown pictures of dog owners and asked to guess whether they had a labrador, poodle or staffordshire bull terrier fared almost twice as well as would be expected by chance.
Researchers at Britain's Bath Spa University first set out to see if dogs and their masters had similar personalities.
Questionnaires filled in by owners of labradors, poodles and bull terriers found little difference in their traits and habits.
Researchers then asked a group who didn't own dogs to look at pictures of dog owners and guess which of the three breeds they had. Their answers weren't perfect but they were correct up to 60 per cent of the time, the British Psychological Society's annual conference heard.
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