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Do You Have the Dog Owner Genes?

I found this surprising. From a study using data from over 35,000 twins, genes appear to influence a person’s choice to have a dog or not.

Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership, implying that the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual’s genetic make-up.

Carri Westgarth, Lecturer in Human-Animal interaction at the University of Liverpool and co-author of the study, adds: “These findings are important as they suggest that supposed health benefits of owning a dog reported in some studies may be partly explained by different genetics of the people studied.”

Via SciDaily

I would guess from the percentage of people who post their dogs on dating sites and social media that dog owners prefer to breed with other dog owners as part of their genetic predispositions.
You may find this survey interesting. If you have no pets, don’t feel like the minority, because in 2018 a survey for the Washington post found that you’re in the majority.

Is it admirable or criticizable to keep yourself from a better living situation, a better relationship and/or a better job because of your dog?

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