We’ve all heard the saying about owners and their pets acting, and maybe sometimes even looking, alike, but is there really any truth in this? As a nation of pet lovers, we’ve looked at some of our favorite icons, past and present, and explore whether their beloved animals really are a true reflection of themselves.
Steven Spielberg’s Cocker Spaniel, Elmer
We’re all aware of Hollywood’s most famous director, but did you know that you may also be familiar with Steven Spielberg’s dog, Elmer? Like several of the director’s other dogs, Elmer starred in various films, including ‘The Sugarland Express’, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘1941’, but the pup’s starring role came in ‘Jaws’ as the dog who mysteriously disappears before the young boy is eaten by the shark.
As a devoted, mild-mannered breed who is always eager to please, it’s no wonder this typical working dog bagged himself a job in Hollywood. Plus, with high intelligence and a determined temperament, it seems Spielberg found his ideal match in his Cocker Spaniel companion.
Marilyn Monroe’s White Persian Cat, Mitsou
As a true animal lover, model and actress Marilyn Monroe owned various pets throughout her lifetime, including horses, dogs and even an elephant. But it seems only right that this icon own a feline companion as glamorous as she was.
Mitsou lived with Marilyn in New York during the 1950’s, and it appears their thick, glossy hair may not have been the only thing the pair had in common. Persian cats are affectionate, laid back and loving companions, and with large beautiful eyes and long, luxurious fur, they need regular grooming to stay looking their best. Like Marilyn, Persian cats are still as popular as ever in the United States.
Andy Warhol’s Dachshunds, Amos and Archie
Andy Warhol’s two Dachshunds, Amos and Archie, are said to have influenced much of the artist’s work. Archie often accompanied the artist to press conferences, photo shoots, galleries and his studio, however once Amos joined the family several years later the two playmates spent much of their time in Andy’s New York City townhouse.
Like the Pop Art movement which Warhol was instrumental in founding, the personalities of dachshunds are known to be playful and adventurous, and the breed has a tendency to be fearless and independent. Dachshunds make loyal companions, and even today, they remain as popular with urban dwellers as they did during Warhol’s era.
Barack Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog, Bo
The First Dog of the United States joined the Obama family at The White House in 2009, and with his distinctive black and white tuxedo-style markings, Bo proved to be the ideal candidate for the Obama’s family pet.
The Obamas were looking for a hypoallergenic breed, as Malia Obama suffers from allergies, and with a fleecy coat of minimally-shedding hair, the Portuguese Water Dog was the ideal choice. With a hardworking nature coupled with a loyal temperament and lively and friendly personality, it seems that this breed may have more in common with our President than first thought.
Taylor Swift’s Scottish Folds, Dr Meredith Grey and Detective Olivia Benson
Since they were kittens, Taylor’s cats, Meredith and Olivia, have graced the world of social media and left followers wanting to see more and more adorable antics and cute photos. With their distinctive ears and tendency to sit with their legs stretched out in front of them, it’s easy to see why these fabulous felines and their breed’s stand-out characteristics suit the pop sensation to a tee.
Playful and outgoing, Scottish Folds make affectionate pets and are great at adjusting to new people and situations. In fact, with the breed’s ability to adapt to a wide range of living conditions, it appears Meredith and Olivia were simply born for the jet set lifestyle!
Michael Phelps’s, French Bulldog, Juno
The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, is the owner of a white French bulldog, Juno, and it’s been reported that Juno loves the water, just like her owner. However, unlike Michael, Juno needs a life jacket to stay afloat!
French bulldogs are prone to experiencing breathing difficulties, and unlike other breeds, require minimal exercise, so it looks like Juno may not become a star swimmer any time soon! However, their quirky, playful personalities make French Bulldogs ideal companions, and Juno even has her own Instagram account to keep fans entertained across the globe.
Simon Cowell’s Yorkshire Terriers, Freddie, Squiddly and Diddly
He may be known as Mr. Nasty on screen, but it appears all it took was three Yorkshire Terriers to melt Simon Cowell’s heart. His beloved pups, Squiddly and Diddly, were named after his favorite 1960s cartoon character, a musical squid called Squiddly Diddly, and Freddie, who originally belonged to Cowell’s mother, joined the family in 2014.
Like their owner, Yorkies may be small, but they’re known for their big personalities. They’re brave, ready for adventure, are very fond of attention, and of course, are also known for their tendency to bark a lot! This makes them excellent watchdogs, but does mean they need proper training and exercise to keep bad habits at bay.
Ricky Gervais’s Siamese Cat, Ollie
Quite possibly the world’s biggest animal lover, Ricky Gervais, frequently documents the adventures of his part-Siamese cat, Ollie, on social media. Ollie was given to Gervais by British talk show host, Jonathon Ross, and Gervais often comments on his feline friend’s independence and surliness. However, he makes no secret of his love for Ollie and takes every opportunity to post pictures of the two together.
Siamese cats are highly intelligent, energetic and playful. The breed is also known for being extremely vocal, so Ollie may in fact be a true reflection of her outspoken owner, who is one of the most controversial comedians in the world today!