Your shih Tzu dog’s poor look is intentional – According to a study, dogs developed this technique in response to our preference for childlike features. Shih Tzus know that this look interferes with human reaction. Shih Tzus know that this look interferes with human reaction.
Do you know when you’re going to scold the shih Tzu because he got ready, but you can’t because of the poor face he makes? Researchers have confirmed that shih Tzus do this “pity face” intentionally.
How the study was done
The study, which was done by the University of Portsmouth in England, found that shih Tzus who raise the inner part of their eyebrows to make their eyes look bigger is more easily chosen for adoption or purchase than others.
And, according to the researchers, shih Tzu developed this technique in response to our preference for childlike features.
To carry out this study, the University of Portsmouth, in partnership with the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition, developed a new tool called DogFACS to analyze canine facial expressions.
27 dogs were selected and the researchers studied all the movements of the facial muscles of these dogs the moment when someone was in front of them.
The tool counted the number of times the shih Tzu made that famous poor guy’s face.