Dogs and their people have developed such strong bonds that it’s no wonder they’re beginning to look like each other. In subtle yet undeniable ways, similarities often exist — be it through flowing locks, soulful expressions, or a stupid grin. In his charming collection of colorful portraits, photographer Gerrard Gethings highlights these “doggelgängers.”
Scientific tests have been put to the idea that a bonded dogs and humans share a similarity. One of the first to examine this theory was Michael Roy, a psychologist at the University of California, San Diego. He did this by going to three dog parks, snapping separate pictures of the pups and their owners, and then asking participant groups to match them. Roy found that participants in the study have been able to suss the pairings with “reasonable accuracy.” This result and these types of investigations have been repeated many times since. It was found that 80 percent of participants could correctly select the dog / owner pairs in a test run by Sadahiko Nakajima from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.
Photographer Gerrard Gethings snapped striking portraits of owners and their dogs: