Here at AZ Animals, we’re all about scientifically-sourced research that helps our readers better understand and connect with the animals in the world around them.
But sometimes, we just need to enjoy the beauty and joy that animals can bring us. And they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Our top choices are based on the happiness captured in still photographs. So today I present for your consideration: The top 10 happiest dogs in the world.
While humans define certain expressions in animals by our own perceptions, we can certainly ask the question from a scientific standpoint: Do dogs smile? Animal behaviorists believe that dogs do indeed smile in response to the same behavior they witness in humans. Some experts think that dogs adapt smiles for key benefits. For example, dogs are often rewarded when humans are happy, whether the dog does something we approve of, or makes us laugh or smile. They may be rewarded with a treat, a hug, or a pat on the head. To receive more of that positive affirmation, dogs may try to mimic our facial expressions, such as smiles. When dogs are relaxing, being playful, or just contented, humans are more likely to catch what some term a “submissive grin”–in other words, an adorable doggie smile!
Each of these dogs is sure to make you smile!
10. German Shepherd
I can’t tell which part of this German Shepherd is happier. His mouth or his ears!
9. Pit Bull Terrier
I hope we can find a ball big enough for this Pit Bull Terrier to play with! What a smile.
8. Labrador Retriever
This Labrador Retriever is happy to let you in on his secret!
Normally associated with firehouses, I think this Dalmatian would be happy to play with you anywhere!
This chihuahua looks like he’d be equally happy cuddling with you or taking a nap right about now.
5. Alaskan Malamute
Even dogs that are normally kept indoors need to roll around in the grass, like this ecstatic Alaskan Malamute here.
Speaking of taking a nap, this pug reminds us dogs need recharge time just like we do.
3. Australian Shepherd
Just like humans, this Australian Shepherd shows you can smile with your mouth and your eyes at the same time.
2. Pomeranian Spitz
This Pomeranian is more floof than actual dog, but that doesn’t make him any less happy! Me either.
1. Golden Retriever
2 seconds after this picture, this Golden Retriever puppy was definitely happy to eat that dandelion.
Summary of the Top 10 Happiest Dogs in the World
Let’s recap that dogs that made our list of the 10 happiest dogs in existence:
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