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Being a dog person could be in your DNA


Would you call yourself a dog person? Well, scientists have discovered that the love you have for your four-legged friend could all be down to your genes.

A team of British and Swedish scientists worked together to conduct an investigation into the "heritability of dog ownership." As part of the research, they analysed 35,035 pairs of twins born between 1926 and 1996 using data from the Swedish Twin Registry.

They then compared data from Swedish dog registrations, which revealed a strong connection between their genetics and how likely it was they would get a dog of their own.

While the research didn't specifically say what gene was responsible for making you want a dog, it did come to the conclusion that there is a genetic component involved in our choices of wanting to adopt a dog.

"We were surprised to see that a person’s genetic make-up appears to be a significant influence in whether they own a dog,"Tove Fall, lead author of the study, and professor in molecular epidemiology at the Department of Medical Sciences said in a Uppsala University release.

"Although dogs and other pets are common household members across the globe, little is known how they impact our daily life and health," continued Tove. "Perhaps some people have a higher innate propensity to care for a pet than others."