If you have grown up with a family dog, you already know how strong the relationship between a puppy and a man can be. They are always around to greet you with kisses and ass, or they are ready to squeeze you on the couch when you have a bad day. But once you leave your home from childhood, you may find that you have missed the joyful relationship that you can only have with a cute dog. If you can not imagine life without a puppy to come home, you can thank your genes for your love of dogs as an adult, according to a new study.
The new study published in the magazine Scientific reports, examines whether there is a genetic component for dog possession. Researchers surveyed 35 035 twin sets from the Swedish Twin Registry who were born between 1926 and 1996. They then compared this information with Swedish dog registrations showing a strong link between genetics and the likelihood of a dog.
"We found that supplemental genetic factors contributed to a large extent to the possession of dogs, with heredity estimated at 57% for women and 51% for men," the researchers concluded in the study's summary. In other words, while researchers have not identified specific genes that would indicate the ownership of dogs, they found that there is a genetic component to make the choice to bring a dog to your home.
"We were surprised to see that the genetic make-up of a person has a significant impact on whether they have a dog," said Tove Fol, lead author of the study, and professor of molecular epidemiology at the Department of Medical Sciences and Laboratory of Life Sciences at the University in Uppsala, Uppsala University. "Although dogs and other pets are regular household members around the world, little is known how they affect our daily lives and our health," she says. – Maybe some people have a higher innate propensity to care for pets than others.
The findings of the study also suggest that there may be a link between the genetic components that someone is likely to have a dog and the positive health consequences of dog ownership. The benefits for mental health of having a dog are practically endless, so it is quite plausible that generations of people would like to introduce them into their homes. Systematic review published in BioMed Central Psychiatry has analyzed 17 studies on dog ownership and mental health to conclude that people with mental illness who have had a companion animal are better equipped to deal with the management of their conditions. This effect is particularly strong in crisis situations.
But even people without mental health problems can take advantage of the pet. According to the Mental Health Foundation, having a dog to go can encourage you not only to be active and get fresh air on a regular basis, but it can also help you meet people you can not get in any other way . According to the organization, "walking with a dog often leads to conversations with other dog owners and this helps keep the owners socially connected and less withdrawn."
Whether you've gotten your little fluffy ball, because you need emotional support in difficult times, or you just want a quick partner to stay with you at weekends, your life is definitely enriched for your dog. And that's fantastic.