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Smart Living Puppies reach 'maximum cuteness' at this exact age

14:05  16 may  2018
14:05  16 may  2018 Source:   today.com

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Puppies reach " maximum cuteness " at 8 weeks of age , according to a new study.Shutterstock. "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 ," Wynne said

Yes, it’s true that every dog is cute at every age , but now it’s been scientifically proven that puppies actually reach an age of peak cuteness . Most dogs in the world aren’t pets, so being spotted at this irresistible age by a human could mean a chance to be adopted and increase the likelihood of living to

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If the sight of a cute puppy makes your heart melt and can cause you to lose hours scrolling through pics of dogs in costumes on the internet, you're certainly not alone. According to a new study, it turns out there's actually a specific age at which dogs are most attractive to us humans.

The study, published in this May's Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals, revealed that 8 weeks old is the age when people find pups most attractive. Even more interesting, that's the same time when a mother dog leaves her puppies to fend for themselves, and when they're most vulnerable.

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Science has determined the precise age when pups reach peak cuteness . In the study, 51 participants were shown 39 black-and-white pictures of puppies at different life stages and asked to rate their cuteness from "very attractive" to "not at all attractive."

“It came out exactly as I’d hoped it would — that there is indeed an optimal age of maximum cuteness ,” he said. The findings provide insight into the depth and origin of the relationship between humans and dogs, the oldest and most enduring of any human-animal relationship.

Lead researcher Clive Wynne, professor of psychology and director of Arizona State University's Canine Science Collaboratory, thought there might be a link between puppies' weaning age and their level of attractiveness to humans. So he designed an experiment to test this hypothesis.

"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," Wynne said in a press release.

"This could be a signal coming through to us of how dogs have evolved to rely on human care."

For the study, the researchers recruited 51 lucky participants to view photos of dogs at different ages and to rate their attractiveness. Three distinctive-looking breeds were ranked: Jack Russell terriers, cane corsos and white shepherds. The photos ranged from a pup's first few weeks of life to young adulthood.

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Yes, it’s true that every dog is cute at every age , but now it’s been scientifically proven that puppies actually reach an age of peak cuteness . Most dogs in the world aren’t pets, so being spotted at this irresistible age by a human could mean a chance to be adopted and increase the likelihood of living to

Puppy lovers, listen up. A new study has revealed the exact age puppies reach their maximum cuteness . (KGOTV).

"The eight-week point is just the point where the hook is biggest, the ability of the animal to grab our interest is strongest," Wynne said. "But having grabbed our interest, we continue to love them all their lives."

So while pet owners get to enjoy cute puppies, it's a win for the doggies, too, that just when they're being kicked out of the den, they start looking very attractive to potential human moms and dads. Lucky dogs, indeed!

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