Which Way Does Your Dog’s Tail Wag?
You’ve probably never paid close enough attention to a dog’s tail to know if it wags more to the right or to the left, but it could be a good indicator of that dog’s state of mind. If it’s your dog, chances are it wags to the right when you’re around. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing say that dogs wag their tails more frequently to the right when they like you.
According to the Daily Mail, the researchers watched dogs meeting a stranger over the course of three days, and noticed that as the dogs got to know the person they started wagging their tails more frequently to the right and less to the left. They analyzed a total of 21,000 dogs in the study and measured their wagging with a 3D motion tracking system. Seems like overkill, but whatever.
Lead researcher Yong Q. Zhang says that right-sided wagging is linked to the left side of the brain where positive emotions are processed. So the bottom line is that if a dog is wagging its tail to the right, that dog is feeling happy or comfortable. And that’s what you want…especially if it’s a big dog.
Most Popular Large Dog Breeds
Stacker is here to help hopeful dog owners with their important pre-pup research. Using data from the American Kennel Club dog profiles, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 most popular large dog breeds.
To be considered for this list, each dog’s max height must be at least 25 inches, and its max weight must be at least 70 pounds. The dogs are ranked by their 2019 AKC popularity rank, which was released in 2020. While this is in no way the authoritative source for picking a new canine companion, it’s intended to be a resource to help guide that search.
From American favorites like collies and Chesapeake Bay retrievers to foreign breeds gaining in popularity like borzois and Akitas, there’s sure to be a breed that catches your eye and pulls at your heartstrings.