The most beautiful dog breed
This week we have been blessed with a very unique study that I know every dog owner could argue about.
The researchers of this study used the golden ratio to find - drumroll - the most beautiful dog breed on the planet.
Okay, the planet is a bit too far-fetched as they only looked at 138 breeds in the UK.
Nonetheless, they still managed to find a clear winner but first let me explain what the golden ratio even means.
The golden ratio is a greek formula and mathematical tool to measure facial perfection in humans.
This comes from the notion that we subconsciously judge beauty by symmetry and proportions rather than ethnicity or any other feature.
A beautiful face should be about 1 1/2 times longer than it is wide with the exact ratio being 1.618. 🐶
This ratio has now been used on dogs to measure snout length, the space between the eyes, the length of the dog’s head, and so on.
Out of 100% perfection, the first place managed to gain an impressive 88% and was awarded to the Cairn Terrier.
As one of Scotland's earliest working dogs, the Cairn Terrier was used to catch rodents by digging into cairns (Scottish rock piles).
Coming in second is the West Highland Terrier with the Border Collie bringing home the bronze medal.
Now that we know the most beautiful breeds, we can look at the other end of the scale.
The study found the Shi Tzu to be the least beautiful dog followed by the Bullmastiff and the French Bulldog.
Last year a similar study took place in the US and they came to a very different conclusion.
They determined that the Dalmatian, Irish Water Spaniel, and Wire Fox Terrier are the most beautiful dog breeds according to the greek ratio.
Now beauty definitely lies in the eye of the beholder and that is a good thing.
Regardless of any ranking, size, or age, every dog is precious and beautiful in their own way and nothing can change that.