10/29/1990 at 01:00 AM EST
When they meet, they bare their teeth. Sometimes they growl at strangers. If asked nicely, they sit, nicely. And their dogs are like that too. In fact, when dog owners and dogs congregate—as they do for New York City's Westminster Dog Show every February—the similarities can be stunning. Frisky dogs tend to be accompanied by frisky people. Whippets seem to have slim owners. Why is this? Do people grow to look like their dogs? Or is it the other way around? Is it just a matter of the proper breeding? And how far do the similarities go? Earlier this year PEOPLE asked these dog owners: Apart from appearance, what else do you and your dog have in common?