The 20 Cutest Dog Breeds, According to Science

White Samoyed puppy sitting in grass behind a stuffed goose toy

Sorry, dog owners: Insisting your pet is the cutest creature on Earth doesn’t necessarily make it true. Some dog breeds are objectively more adorable than others—at least according to a mathematical ratio that appears frequently in art and nature.

To quantify cuteness in dog breeds, MoneyBeach judged their face shapes against the Golden Ratio. This number (1.618 when rounded) shows up when the ratio of two quantities is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. Put more simply, it’s when the smaller is to the larger as the larger is to the whole.

Even if you can’t grasp the math behind it, you likely respond to the Golden Ratio when you see it. It appears in such aesthetic marvels as nautilus shells, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” and Jennifer Aniston’s face. The facial configurations of many dog breeds also approach this magic number.

Here is the list calculated by Moneybeach using face measurements and adherence to the golden rule.

#Breed% Adherence to the Golden Ratio
2Irish Water Spaniel66.26%
3Wire Fox Terrier65.53%
5Basset Hound64.43%
7Jack Russell63.86%
9St. Bernard62.94%
10Golden Retriever62.52%
17Siberian Husky58.48%
18Bernese Mountain Dog56.76%
19Old English Bulldog56.30%
The scientific list – let’s face it though, we all have our own cutest dog in the world
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