Cockapoo Vs Maltipoo – Can You Tell The Difference?
The question: “Can you tell the difference between a dog and a cat?”
or “How do I tell if my pet is a dog or a cat”
If you are like most people, then chances are that you have at least one pet. Most likely your pets are both dogs and cats. If so, then it would seem obvious that you could easily distinguish between them with little effort.
However, there are many people who cannot do this. They simply don’t have the ability to differentiate between these two species. Some people even believe that they can only tell which species their pet belongs to based on appearance alone.
There are several reasons why some people cannot tell the difference between a dog and a cat, but not between a dog and another type of animal such as a fish or bird. One reason may be due to genetics. Genetics plays a major role in determining how similar two individuals will look to each other.
Another reason may be because the individual’s experiences and training might cause them to develop different reactions when looking at an unfamiliar object. A third possible explanation is that the person does not possess any special abilities to recognize the differences between animals.
Another factor that could contribute to someone being unable to tell whether something is a dog or a cat, is that they just aren’t paying attention! Your pet may not be a dog or a cat at all. It may be an extremely small breed of either one of these species.
Some dogs and cats today have been bred to be extremely small, so they would be able to live in smaller spaces with their owners.
Unfortunately, it is not known how to train people to tell the difference between two animals, especially ones that are of the same species but different breeds. However, this training process may be easier if you are exposed to both dogs and cats at a young age.
As far as genetics is concerned, it is believed that there are certain genes that are responsible for a human being’s ability to differentiate between different animals in the world. Unfortunately, there is no way of testing whether or not one possesses these genes. It is a skill that one is either born with, or not.
Sources & references used in this article:
LAKE EUSTIS KENNEL CLUB IN THIS ISSUE by M Zaman, S Everson – lekcdogclub.org
Identification of forensically informative SNPs in the domestic dog mitochondrial control region by KM Webb, MW Allard – Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2009 – Wiley Online Library
Commodifying Fido: pets as status symbols by A Plemons – 2010 – core.ac.uk
Caring for Your Mutt by S Bolan – 2009 – books.google.com
Document Title: Building a Genetic Reference Database for Dog mtDNA Sequences and SNPs by MW Allard – ncjrs.gov
The domestic dog mitochondrial genome: Forensic and evolutionary evaluations by KMG Webb – 2008 – search.proquest.com