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Your Dog’s Adorable Head Tilt Has A Surprisingly Scientific Explanation

Your Dog’s Adorable Head Tilt Has A Surprisingly Scientific Explanation

I’m fairly certain my dog and I will break the language barrier some day but, until we do, I expect many more of my most meaningful monologues to be answered with nothing but the most adorable of head tilts.

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Let’s be real, we all talk to our pooches. Have you ever been mid-conversation with your pup and they suddenly tilt their head to the side as if to say, “O man, what’s mah crazy hooman going on about now?”

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According to the results of a survey conducted by Dr. Stanley Coren, that super-cute, #omgthefeels head tilt may have more to do with improving your dog’s sight than their hearing when it comes to understanding you.

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Dogs constantly scan our faces for visual cues, so an obstructive muzzle may be the key to the head tilt. Coren found that only 52% of the brachycephalic dogs (breeds with flatter faces like Pugs and Boston Terriers) tilted their heads when spoken to, while dogs with a more pronounced muzzle showed a 71% tilt rate.

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Whatever the science behind it, we ruv a good puppeh head tilt gif… don’t you?

Featured image via @laiken_the_lil_terrier /Instagram

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