Dog lovers may find their pets adorable at any age but a new study reveals the exact age these pooches are the cutest!
The study was published this month in Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals. The study reveals that 8 weeks old is the specific age at which dogs are most attractive to humans.
What’s more interesting is that it is the same time the mother dog leaves her puppies to fend for themselves. Thus, it is also the time they are most vulnerable. Lead researcher Clive Wynes said:
“It came out exactly as I’d hoped it would — that there is indeed an optimal age of maximum cuteness, and that age does line up pretty closely with the age at which mothers wean their pups.”
“This could be a signal coming through to us of how dogs have evolved to rely on human care,” she added.
Don’t you think it’s such a beautiful coincidence? As these dogs are being kicked out of the den, they can easily turn to humans to find their potential moms and dads.
If you’re not convinced with the research, just scroll down to see 8-week old puppies!