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Have you ever thought it was just a coincidence that there’s usually a striking resemblance between you and…….your dog? Some people say that they always end up looking like their dog but they never mean for it to happen that way. You could say this is a coincidence, but there’s usually more to the story than you think. Think about it, Paris Hilton and her Chihuahua? Twins. Elle Woods and Bruiser? The same shade of blonde. And we all know it’s not a coincidence that Oprah and her springer spaniels have the same luxurious curls and waves.

Not only might your dog look like you, there’s a specific reason why you chose your dog at one point in time. You and your dog more than likely share personalities as well as looks. Researchers from Bath Spa University in England surveyed 1,000 dog owners to determine their personality types. As a result of this survey, dog owners were categorized into five different personality types: extroverted, conscientious, emotionally stable, agreeable and intelligent and creative. Then, the researchers drew connections between the owners' personality types and the type of dog that they own. has done a great job of explaining the connection between you and your dog, but here’s a quick summary:

If you own one of these dogs, consider your dog and your personality: 

1. Toy dogs (Chihuahuas, Poodles, Yorkies, Pugs etc.): If you own one of these dogs, you are more likely to be intelligent. You also earn high marks for being creative. 

2. Pastoral dogs (German Shepherds, Collies, and Corgis): If you own a pastoral pooch you’re a classic extrovert! You feel comfortable in any situation, even a crowd of people you don’t know.

3. Gun dogs (Golden Retrievers, Spaniels and Setters): You and your dog are perfectly happy spending all your time together. Watching movies, taking walks, and really just doing whatever the day throws at you.

4. Utility dogs (Bulldogs, Bishon Frise, Dalmations): The fact that George never fails to scoop up Barry's poop isn’t a mere coincidence: People with utility dogs come out on top for being conscientious. 

5. Terriers (Terriers and Schnauzers): Now don’t take this the wrong way, but owners of terriers were shown to be rather low on the emotional stability scale. On the plus side, you’ve got a super-cute companion to help you through any funks.   

6. Working dogs (Boxers, Rottweilers, and Great Danes): 

Anyone with a Great Dane as a roommate would have to be easygoing and clever to make things work without getting claustrophobic. Not surprisingly, working dog owners are agreeable and intelligent.

7. Hounds (Beagles, Bassett Hounds, Greyhounds, and Dachshunds): 

Even if you ain’t nothing but a hound dog, good news: Hound dog owners are emotionally stable. 

The connection between an owner’s personality and the type of pooch she owns may be due to the simple fact that certain personality types are more attracted to certain breeds, says study author Lance Workman, PhD. Regardless, the next time you feel like no one understands you, look no further than your four-legged pal: He totally gets you.  

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