Sorry, dog owners: insisting that your pet is the cutest creature on Earth doesn’t necessarily make it true. Some dog breeds are objectively more lovable than others, at least according to a mathematical ratio that frequently appears in art and nature.
To quantify the cuteness of dog breeds, MoneyBeach rated their face shape against the golden ratio. This number (1.618 when rounded) appears when the ratio of two quantities is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. More simply, it is when the smallest is to the greatest what the greatest is to the whole.
Even if you can’t figure out the math behind it, you’re probably responding to the golden ratio when you see it. It appears in such aesthetic marvels as nautilus shells, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” and Robert Pattinson’s face. The facial configurations of many dog breeds also approach this magic number.
According to MoneyBeach’s calculations, the Dalmatian is the cutest dog breed, with a face that adheres to 67% of the Gold Ratio. The Irish Water Spaniel, Wired Fox Terrier, Labrador, and Basset Hound also sport mugs that are scientifically proven to tug on our hearts. You can read the full list of the 20 cutest science-based dog breeds below.
The arrangement of your pet’s facial features is just one factor that contributes to its attractiveness. A creature’s helplessness and smallness also determine whether we find it cute or not. And if you’ve ever felt the urge to squeeze, bite or crush your precious pet, science can explain why.
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Wire Fox Terrier
- Labrador Retrievers
- Basset Hound
- jack russell terrier
- Saint Bernard
- Golden retriever
- siberian husky
- bernese mountain dog
- old english bulldog