“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M.K. Clinton
Whether you would like to get a dog at home or not can be determined by an individual’s genetic make-up, says research.
The study says that genetic variation describes more than half of the difference between those who own the dog and not. The study was issued in the journal Scientific Reports. For the study, the explorers looked into the heritability of dog ownership using data 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,” study head author Tove Fall, Professor at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, told.
“As such, these findings have major implications in several different fields related to understanding dog-human interaction throughout history and in modern times,” Fall told.
However, dogs and other pets are common household members in almost any country, little is understood how they impact our daily life and well-being.
“Perhaps some people have a higher innate propensity to care for a pet than others,” Fall said further.
The researchers observed concordance rates of the dog having to be much larger in identical twins than in non-identical ones and that is the strengthening the view that genetics indeed plays a major role in the selection of having a dog.
“These findings are important as they suggest that supposed health benefits of owning a dog reported in some studies may be partly explained by different genetics of the people studied,” Carri Westgarth, Professor at the University of Liverpool in Britain, spoke.
The next obvious step is to try to recognize which genetic variants affect this choice and how they relate to personality traits and other circumstances such as allergy, the researchers recorded.
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