Jack Russell terriers have some of the most expressive faces. And a lot of those faces are downright silly. But what are dogs thinking when they smile or make other facial expressions? Does a doggy grin mean the same thing as a human one?
In 2012, a group of scientists undertook some detailed research into the idea of human and animal consciousness. They concluded that animals actually do have consciousness and emotions. (As if any pet owner couldn't have told them that.) Moreover, sometimes, when dogs look like they're smiling — they are.
But smiles aren't the only expression you'll see on a dog. In fact, some of their expressions can be quite silly.
Don't believe us? Take a look for yourself.
Snug as a Pug in a Rug?
Oh, dear. You seem to have caught me doing my Hair Band impression.
Grin and Bear it
Opal is doing her best, but it's hard!
That's the Spot, Spot
Ahhh, yes, right there….
Clap Your Hands If You Believe
Tinkerbell believes…that she would like a bit of that cheese, please.
Yes, They're Real
Skye is getting rather tired of answering that question.
The World's Tiniest Canine Vampire
Vants to bite your neck. Or you could just throw the ball.
Tell me when the scary part is over!
Can You Do This?
Jenny can touch the end of her nose with her tongue. Can you?
Half a Snarl
Lola is reserving judgment. Only time will tell if the situation deserves the full Jack snarl.
Nothing Like a Good Joke
Jax from Australia is always up for a laugh. No better friend than the one who sincerely laughs at your jokes!
You Scared Me!
Murphy from Chicago is alarmed!
Did I Get It All?
Milo loves a bit of ice cream. Problem is, it loves him, too.
The Nose Knows
Shh. Listen. Did you smell that?
What is she up to, now?
Where's My Candy Bucket?
Dolly from Italy is ready for Halloween. Now, which of the neighbors is handing out soup bones?
Seamus is Surprised
But look at that sunset!
Maze is really quite fierce. But not too fierce for a belly rub, so get on with it!
The Best Lizard Impression
Frankie saw a lizard lick its own eyeball. Frankie wonders if a dog can do it, too.
Behold, the Many Faces of Poppy
What a character!
Look at Those Pearly Whites!
Someone has been taking very good care of their teeth!
Millie is Shocked. Shocked, I Tell You
It's hard to take a clever girl like Millie by surprise, but somehow you've managed it.
Cheese! So much for the selfie stick. Now, can you throw the actual stick, please?
Frankie Jean would like to ask you a few questions for the camera.
A Delicate Question
Pelle from the Netherlands is calculating the amount of pressure a bubble can take versus the average bite strength of a Jack Russell
That's what I think of your ‘bathtime' and ‘nail clipping'!
Gus is loving it.
Don't Worry, You'll Get It!
If I just keep stepping on that button, eventually I'll catch that big, wet ball….
Science has shown that dogs have emotional lives, just like us. Can anyone be surprised that they have the facial expressions to match?