British photographer designs new game of matching dog with owner

That dogs and their owners often resemble each other is no longer just a saying. Last month a British photographer who makes his living from animal portraiture turned the theory into practice, and his art into a ‘memory’ board game.

Gerrard Gethings was inspired to create ‘Do You Look Like Your Dog’ after he completed a series of portraits of animals that resemble their owners. Released by Laurence King Publishing the board game includes two packs of 25 cards on, which is a picture of either an owner or their dog. Billed as the ‘perfect gift for dog lovers’ the object of the game is to match pairs of lookalike owners and dogs.

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Match a woman with a shock of permed hair with her poodle or a dour old gentleman with his long-jawed bulldog; the game is an aide memoire and a fun party game akin to ‘Snap!’ But arising from ‘Do You Look Like Your Dog’ is the Bigger Question of why so many people resemble their pet dogs.

Why do some dogs look like their owners?

 

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There are lots of theories about why we look like our dogs. Just as it is in the human world, our positive attraction to another who looks like us could play a part. And some believe our proximity to dogs for long periods of time engenders a similarity of appearance. The game, according to Laurence King, ‘explores the intense bonds we develop with our dogs, which are far from only skin, or even fur, deep’.

Gerrard Gethings is a renowned animal photographer who studied Fine Art Painting and Photography at Sheffield University. It was after his purchase of a seven-week-old Border terrier puppy called Baxter in 2009 that he began a successful career as an animal portraiture artist.

Gethings explains more about his love of animals on his website.

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Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.