London: The choice of getting a dog at home is heavily influenced by an individual’s genetic make-up, says a study, suggesting that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership. For the study, the scientists looked into the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry.
“We were surprised to see that a person’s genetic make-up appears to be a significant influence in whether they own a dog,” said study lead author Tove Fall, Professor at University of Uppsala in Sweden. “As such, these findings have major implications in several different fields related to understanding dog-human interaction throughout history and in modern times,” Fall said.
Although dogs and other pets are common household members across the globe, little is known how they impact our daily life and health. “Perhaps some people have a higher innate propensity to care for a pet than others”, Fall added. (IANS)
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