The Age When Dogs are the Cutest, According to Science

The Age When Dogs are the Cutest, According to Science

Dogs are cute, right? But, at what age are dogs considered the cutest to humans? According to new research, not too surprisingly, it’s during puppyhood, but at what stage is interesting.

The study published in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals, says the cutest time for dogs is at the weaning stage, or at about eight weeks of age.

Scientists say during weaning, puppies are abandoned by their mothers, so they theorized people would find dogs the most attractive at this point, because during weaning puppies face less parental care and the pup mortality rate is high.

Participants of the study were asked to rate the attractiveness of 39 black and white headshot photos of Jack Russell Terriers, Cane Corsos and White Shepherds, from birth to 7 months. As the researchers theorized, the Cane Corsos were ranked the cutest at 6.3 weeks of age, Jack Russell Terriers at 7.7. weeks and White Shepherds at 8.3...so all around the age of weaning.

 

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