Although we all know the expression that the dog is the man’s best friend, anthropologists at Washington State University have recently found that dogs’ relationships with women might have a bigger impact on the development of the human-dog bond then men. Yes, forget about the whole ‘dog is the man’s best friend’ thing!
The analysis, led by anthropology professor Robert Quinlan, Ph.D., note that it’s one of three factors that have played a big role in this. The team compared Human Relations Area Files data from ethnographers on 144 traditional, subsistence-level societies around the world and found that humans were more likely to regard dogs as people if dogs had a special relationship with women. This is what Quinlan told NEWStat:
“What we call ‘personhood’ includes things like naming dogs, treating them like kin, believing dogs have souls, and, in many cultures, explicitly believing that dogs are people or are like people,”
He added that there are many reasons for the special relationship between dogs and women. For example, women usually do a lot more food preparation than men in traditional cultures, and they feed dogs regularly. Additionally, women tend to do more childcare than men, and kids and dogs have a natural attraction to each other. So, dogs get attached to women more.