The research analyzed the faces of 100 different dog breeds by using the ancient algebraic equation called 'the golden ratio' to mathematically analyze the most aesthetically pleasing dog face.
How does the golden ratio work?
The algebraic equation, also known under the name divine proportion, was used to look at the different ratios in a specific dog's face between key points, such as, ears, eyes nostrils and tongues. Essentially, the percentage of how close the measurements were to the golden ratio determined the higher in cuteness rank the dog breed in question would place.
The top spot was then revealed to go Dalmatians, closely followed by Irish Water Spaniels, Wire Fox Terriers, Labradors and Basset Hounds.
What is the cutest pet according to the golden ratio theory?
The study also revealed that the cutest pet in the world are cats followed by ferrets, rabbits and hamsters, leaving dogs at the number 5 spot.
Mike Rees, CEO of MoneyBeach.co.uk, commented:
There's often a lot of discussion about which pet is the cutest, so we were keen to leave it up to science to settle the debate once and for all. The 'golden ratio' is an equation that has been used for hundreds of years, so it's hard to argue with the results and it was fascinating to see breeds such as Rottweilers or the Basset Hound being favoured by the laws of science.
While Dalmatian owners might be feeling a little smug with the news, I'm sure cat people will be the most thrilled, as they now have the evidence to back themselves up, when telling dog lovers that their pet is in fact the cutest.
Interestingly enough, although Dalmatians are the cutest dog breed in the world, Labrador Retrievers remain the most popular pooch breed for a thirtieth year in a row!