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Study Shows, Dogs of 8 Weeks of Age are Found Most Attractive by Humans

Dogs occupy a special place in our hearts, but there is a time when we find man's best friend most attractive -- at roughly eight weeks, the same point in time at which their mother weans them and leaves them to fend for themselves, a study says.

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The results showed that the pups' attractiveness was lowest at birth and increased to a maximum before 10 weeks of age before declining and then levelling off.
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Dogs occupy a special place in our hearts, but there is a time when we find man’s best friend most attractive — at roughly eight weeks, the same point in time at which their mother weans them and leaves them to fend for themselves, a study says.

The researchers wanted to find out if there was a connection between pups’ weaning age — when they are at their most vulnerable — and their level of attractiveness to humans.

“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,” said lead researcher Clive Wynne, Professor at Arizona State University in the US.

 

The study was carried out using a series of photographs of puppies at different ages, from the first weeks of life through young adulthood.
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The researchers believe that the findings, published in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals, could provide insight into the depth and origin of the relationship between humans and dogs.

The study was carried out using a series of photographs of puppies at different ages, from the first weeks of life through young adulthood.

The participants were asked to rank the puppies’ level of attractiveness in each photo. Three distinctive looking breeds were ranked — Jack Russell terriers, cane corsos and white shepherds.

The study was carried out using a series of photographs of puppies at different ages, from the first weeks of life through young adulthood.
Dog Owner. Pixabay

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The results showed that the pups’ attractiveness was lowest at birth and increased to a maximum before 10 weeks of age before declining and then levelling off.

“Around seven or eight weeks of age, just as their mother is getting sick of them and is going to kick them out of the den and they’re going to have to make their own way in life, at that age, that is exactly when they are most attractive to human beings,” Wynne said. (IANS)

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Obesity Can Shorten Your Dog’s Lives

"For many owners, giving food, particularly tasty table scraps and tidbits, is the way we show affection for our pets," German said

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A Labrador retriever named Jack dines at a pet restaurant in San Juan, Manila, Philippines, Sept. 6, 2014.
Obesity can cut short your dog's lives. VOA

If you thought that obesity affects only humans, you may be wrong. It can also shorten lives of your canine friends, finds a research.

The research, from the University of Liverpool in the UK, reveals that the lifespan of overweight dogs was up to two-and-half years shorter when compared to ideal-weight dogs.

“Owners are often unaware that their dog is overweight, and many may not realise the impact that it can have on their health,” said Alex German, Professor at the university.

“What they may not know is that if their beloved pet is too heavy, they are more likely to suffer from other problems such as joint disease, breathing issues, and certain types of cancer, as well as having a poorer quality of life. These health and well-being issues can significantly impact how long they live,” he added.

The study, published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, examined more than 50,000 dogs across 12 of the most popular dog breeds.

The results showed that the pups' attractiveness was lowest at birth and increased to a maximum before 10 weeks of age before declining and then levelling off.
Representational Image. pixabay

Although the study did not examine the reasons behind the extra pounds in dogs, feeding habits are thought to play a role in pet obesity.

According to a recent Better Cities For Pets survey, more than half (54 per cent) of cat and dog owners always or often give their pet food if they beg for it, and nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of cat and dog owners sometimes overfeed their pet to keep them happy.

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“For many owners, giving food, particularly tasty table scraps and tidbits, is the way we show affection for our pets,” German said.

“Being careful about what you feed your dog could go a long way to keeping them in good shape and enabling them to be around for many years to come,” he noted. (IANS)