“Genetic makeup” refers to the genes that determine your physical appearance. They are your GENOTYPE, and when these genes are expressed (the color of your eyes, your blood type, your hair texture, the structure of your digestive enzymes, etc), you are showing your PHENOTYPE. According to recent research, dog ownership is largely interrelated to additive genetic factors. It is still a little vague as to how and why dogs formed a transformational partnership with humans. Dogs and humans have been sharing a deep bond with each other for many decades. People that are usually exposed to pets during childhood tend to develop a deeper connection and sense of longevity.
A recent study done on various twin pairs suggest that when it comes to choosing a pet dog, the choice is heavily influenced by an individual’s genetic makeup. Since humans have developed a deep connection of love, warmth and care with animals, they are very picky when it comes to dog ownership. Dogs tend to have a long life span so anyone planning to own them is not just buying a pet, but adding a new member to their family. Just like humans, dogs also have a large number of needs and wants that are connected with various gestures and mood swings.
Most of the times when you opt for a pet dog, you see him as a companion. Therefore, you try and hope that the dog acts and behaves like you in some ways. This not only strengthens the bond, but also results in a healthier lifestyle. Since you spend most of your quality time with your pet dog, you tend to have some expectations for the pet.
After comparing the genetic makeup of twins (using Swedish twin registry) with dog ownership, scientists found out that a person’s genetic makeup had a significant influence in whether they own a dog. According to researchers, pet dogs tend to have a great impact on our daily life and health. They heavily influence our lives and sometimes change the way we perceive certain matters. They help us, entertain us and give us hope and a sense of wellbeing. Understanding human-dog interaction can be very challenging sometimes, therefore, researchers state genetic makeup plays an important role in dog ownership.