Puppies are very universal loves so people who don’t love them tend to hide about them so that they are shunned by society. Since puppies have characteristics of all other young mammals, including our own human offspring, it’s no wonder we find them incredibly endearing. Those big eyes, oversized heads, chubby cheeks, small mouths and small noses are the cues that evolution has made attractive for us to ensure that we take care of the young and the powerless. Animals that we consider funny push our bodies to produce oxytocin, a hormone that has many effects including feelings of love and the urge to care for others.
Many qualities about puppies seem to make us fall in love with them and cause us to say “Awwwww” without being able to stop ourselves. Yet each of us is moved by some properties rather than others. It’s not uncommon to have favorite puppy features — things that only you love about puppies that not everyone finds so completely charming.
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There are many reasons that we find puppies that cannot be denied. What do you like most about puppies?
By far my favorite thing about puppies is the loose skin. Their skin is so large for them that it often seems like a second puppy can fit with them. I love the folds and softness of this excess outer layer. It seems very funny that they have room to grow directly in their own bodies.
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It smells like puppies.
It’s hard to describe the typical smell of puppies, but across breeds and geographical regions, the same smell just goes with puppies. The smell of puppies is very associated in my mind with puppies, so maybe I’ve simply been classically conditioned to feel happy when it’s present. From the ancestral smell to the typical puppy’s breath, the puppy’s nose knows!
The way they move.
Puppy locomotion is endearing in more ways than one. I enjoy watching them go through their own paws as if they were recently placed on this new body and they are trying to figure out how to operate it. Sometimes puppies seem quite confused about the proper sequence of leg movements, and don’t always look like they are correct. The way they bounce when they walk or run is equally pleasant and I don’t understand how anyone can feel anything but pleasant when they see the up and down climbs of a happy puppy.
They sleep spontaneously during the day.
It fills me with joy when I see a puppy falling asleep right in the middle of doing something else. Whether they’re eating, playing, chewing on something, rolling on their backs or running around, there seems to be no activity so important that a puppy can’t suddenly take a snooze instead of continuing with the task at hand. The best is when they sleep on your arms. Along with most everything about puppies, it’s just a little slice of heaven!
What do you like most about puppies?