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An App Can Now Tell You What Kind Of Dog You Look Like

The techies at Microsoft have designed an app for anyone who has asked the question, If I were a dog, what kind of dog would I be?

So, it's basically for all of us.

The app, called Fetch (and accompanying website, found here), analyzes your face from a photo and tells you what dog you resemble most. How, exactly, does it work? Well, without getting too technical, it uses algorithms, artificial intelligence and yada yada yada.

But let's get to the real question ... what type of dog does Jane Goodall resemble most?

As you'll see if you use the app yourself, it depends on which photo you submit. In this particular photo, the app says Goodall resembles a Maltese who "enjoys retrieving ball and other toys, [is] gentle, needs minimal training."

When the photo includes a face looking directly toward the camera, the app will even drop in a pair of floppy dog ears, as it did for this photo of Ricky Gervais.

TV host and dog rescuer Ellen DeGeneres matched up with a Shetland sheepdog, described as a "strong barker" and "loving with its family." While that sounds fairly accurate, we're much more excited to see Ellen in her fish form.

Staff at The Dodo decided to test out the app ourselves. Our own curly-haired executive editor Joanna Zelman was matched with an Irish water spaniel, a dog known for a "robust work ethic."

For Dodo writer Hudson Hongo, the app was pretty spot-on. Using a photo of Hongo dressed to the nines, the app identified him as a golden retriever who "gets along with just about everyone, strong & active, gentle and eager to please."

Dodo editor Jessi Stafford received the flattering description of "raised to be pampered" and "imperial mindset," the latter being an admirable trait for any editor.

The app had some kind words for Zainab Akande, another writer at The Dodo, who matched with a poodle, either standard, miniature or toy who is "smart, friendly, [and] gets along with people easily."

The Dodo's office must be a good place for poodles, because a photo of myself and a friend yielded the same result.

While I'm not contesting the match, I'm not sure poodle is the most suitable for me. I'm more mutt than anything else, which might explain why a different photo yields a much different result.

"Quick-witted" and "loving"? What a dog! Right? Of course, I weigh about 60 times more than your average Chihuahua, so I take that match with a grain of salt, too.

You can download Microsoft's Fetch for free from the App Store or visit what-dog.net and see for yourself how accurate it is. Even better, you can take a trip to your local shelter, and find out if you can see yourself in one of the rescue dogs there.