That since domestication, dogs’ eyes have changed. Dogs now have eye muscles that make them more expressive and infant-like. These same muscles are absent in wolves, their closest relative.

Dogs’ eyes evolve to appeal to humans

If a dog has eyes that seem to be telling you something or demanding your attention, it could be evolution’s way of manipulating your feelings.

Researchers have found that dogs have evolved muscles around their eyes, which allow them to make expressions that particularly appeal to humans.

A small facial muscle allows dog eyes to mimic an “infant-like” expression which prompts a “nurturing response”.

The study says such “puppy eyes” helped domesticated dogs to bond with humans.

Previous studies have shown how such canine expressions can appeal to humans, but this research from the UK and US shows there has been an anatomical change around dogs’ eyes to make it possible.

This allows dogs to create what the researchers call… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

6 thoughts on “That since domestication, dogs’ eyes have changed. Dogs now have eye muscles that make them more expressive and infant-like. These same muscles are absent in wolves, their closest relative.”

  1. dolfan4life2

    Yeah, it’s so they can connect with us better

  2. r0ndy

    And huskies have insane eyebrow powers

  3. infodawg

    40,000 years of “awwww who’s my guhboiy!!” and this is where it leaves you…

  4. Ivan27stone

    If my baby female dachshund wants to manipulate me, so be it! Whatever she wants!!!

  5. euzie

    When did they evolve to stare at the door, unrelenting, until one of us gives in and gets up to let him out?

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