Ever wonder why dogs and puppies are considered cute animals, while a snake or a bat doesn't necessarily evoke the same emotion within us? While dogs have been known to be man's best friend since the beginning of civilization, their cuteness is nature's way of endearing them to humans. Evolution has wired humans in such a way that humans find their own offspring cute. The big head, big round eyes, tiny limbs, and toothless grin of a little baby look so cute to us that parents would happily nurse their babies till they grow up.
In 1943, ethologist Konrad Lorenz in his research proposed his theory about baby schema, the science behind cuteness in animals. The baby schema is a set of infantile features that are perceived as cute and motivates caretaking behavior in humans. By the same logic, animals that have physical features that fit human parameters of cuteness trigger the protective instinct. In medical terms, it is the baby schema that activates the mesocorticolimbic pathway of our neurological system, which activates the caretaking instincts in humans. So if you find dogs cute, that is only because nature has designed us to want to extend our caring love towards dogs and puppies.
If you love dogs, here are 15 cute dog quotes. Share them with your dog and watch him wag his tail in agreement.
15 Cute Dog Quotes
Mark Twain: "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
Josh Billings: "A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself."
Ann Landers: "Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
Jonathan Safran Foer: "Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?"
Kristan Higgins: "When an eighty-five-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it's hard to feel sad."
Charles M. Schulz: "Happiness is a warm puppy."
Phil Pastoret: "If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them."
Gilda Radner: "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive."
Edith Wharton: "My little dog-a heartbeat at my feet."
Abraham Lincoln: "I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
Henry David Thoreau: "When a dog runs at you, whistle for him."
Roger Caras: "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
Ben Williams: "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
J. R. Ackerley: "A dog has one aim in life… to bestow his heart."
Karel Capek: "If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people."