Many dog owners already treat their pets like little, furry humans — but what if their pup’s facial features actually resembled that of a human? Apparently, a dog with a human face is a bit too Uncanny Valley for most people: one Redditor recently shared a photo of a dog which bears a remarkable resemblance to a man, and people are utterly disturbed.
Dogs with slightly human features aren’t necessarily new or weird. Just take this fabulous Laura Dern-esque dog, which was discovered by Twitter earlier this year:
— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) January 23, 2018
That said, there’s a big difference between a dog sporting a jaunty, human haircut and a dog who looks like it contains the very soul of a human.
Redditor emceegrath recently shared a photo of an acquaintance’s dog, which was shared to Facebook, and it’s immediately obvious that this pup is more man than beast. Specifically: it has the eyes and mouth of a human.
The Reddit community found the dog to be both cute and … off-putting.
“Before reading the title, I thought it was a face swap, but I didn’t understand why the dog face wasn’t swapped, and why the human face had hair on it. Reading the title realizing it is an actual dog makes me feel even more confused, and somewhat afraid,” confessed Redditor finsareluminous.
“I laughed, then I got uncomfortable, now I’m rocking back and forth desperately trying to convince myself it’s just a face swap,” JayLB admitted.
Other people were delighted and curious about the dog’s unusual visage.
“Looks like a Keith,” MikeyChill suggested helpfully.
“I’m interested in seeing more pictures of this man-dog,” TooShiftyForYou commented.
One eagle-eyed Redditor even noticed that the dog bears a striking resemblance to iconic Mythbusters host Jamie Hyneman, and helpfully offered this visual as proof:
Even Twitter glommed onto the photo, collectively debating which celebrity this doe-eyed dog most resembled.
I think it looks like someone else closer than Jake Gyllenhaal, but I can't figure it out pic.twitter.com/bSv34JcWwy
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 12, 2018
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) March 12, 2018
Although Tobey Maguire is probably the best guess, TBH.
Omg it’s Tobey McGuire https://t.co/0TFSFKFeZv
— Bakemono (@turnandstomp) March 12, 2018
— Cates Holderness (@catesish) March 12, 2018
I think the evidence pretty clearly points to one of two conclusions: either this pup just happens to possess some exceptionally manly features, or Tobey Maguire has been transformed into a dog and we should probably alert the proper authorities.