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Study reveals which dog breeds are most beautiful, and some people don't agree

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Researchers named the 15 cutest dogs in the world, and they've got science to prove it. But they also think there's one pet that's prettier than all our pups! 

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 04/03/2021, 18:00

It's a question that has fascinated humans for centuries: what is beauty? Well, for people like us, the answer is pretty simple. It usually comes down to having four legs, a furry coat, and a wagging tail.

But while all dogs are cute, researchers from pet insurance comparison site MoneyBeach believe there's scientific proof that some dogs are cuter than others. 

The Golden Ratio

It's called the Golden Ratio, an ancient equation that uses math and algebra to calculate beauty. The Golden Ratio measures the distances between facial features, which are then converted into a percentage. The closer the percentage is to the Golden Ratio, the more beautiful the face. 

And when applied to pooches, the Dalmatian came out on top of the pack. The spotted dog scored an impressive 67%. The Irish Water Spaniel came a close second, with the Wire Fox Terrier grabbing third place. 

The other 10 breeds included in the list were: 

A big win for cat people

But the overall winners of the study were cats. According to the rules of the Golden Ratio, felines are the most aesthetically pleasing pet. In fact, dogs came fifth after hamsters, rabbits, and even ferrets. 

"There's lots of discussion about which pet is the cutest, so we were keen to leave it up to science to settle the debate," said Mike Rees, CEO of MoneyBeach. "The 'golden ratio' is an equation that has been used for hundreds of years, so it's hard to argue with the results. And while Dalmatian owners might be feeling a little smug with the news, I'm sure cat people will be the most thrilled. They now have the evidence that their pet is the cutest."

The findings will spark some lively debate among pet owners. But let's be honest, real beauty isn't a line of numbers typed out on a piece of paper or computer screen. It lives in the eyes and souls of all our dogs.

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