Dalmatians have officially been named as the world's cutest dog breed, it has been revealed.
To determine the cutest pooch, 100 of the most popular dog breeds were ranked using the 'golden ratio' - an ancient algebraic equation which determines how aesthetically pleasing something is to the human eye.
And the results are very interesting!
So how does it work? Well, it's all about the ratio between key points on a dog's face, such as ears, eyes, nostrils and tongue.
The ratio is calculated, as well as the percentage of how close the measurements were to the 'golden ratio'. The higher the percentage, the cuter the pooch.
Analysed by pet insurance comparison site, MoneyBeach.co.uk, Dalmatians were crowned on top, followed by Irish Water Spaniels, Wire Fox Terriers, Labradors and Basset Hounds.
The research also found that the cutest pet in the world is actually a cat followed by ferrets, rabbits and hamsters - while man's best friend came in fifth place!
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".
We know, all dog owners think their fur baby is the cutest, but science has spoken! We have to admit, Dalmatians are very cute indeed.
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