Generally - the natural occurrence of facial hair
, also known as a beard
, which tends to grow on a man's face, if he chooses not to shave for an extended period of time.
Specifically - Jake Gyllenhaal
The term face pet
was first coined by "lemniscate", on September 29th 2010, when posting on the popular Jake Gyllenhaal
fan blog called Wet Dark And Wild.
The word combination face pet
was engendered in reference to:
1) the tendency men have to subconsciously stroke and touch their face
and/or facial hair
; often a form of auto-erotic touching
when flirting to indicate they're interested
2) the health benefits discovered by researchers at the University of Warwick with regards to stroking or playing with one's pet