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Jan 22, 2007

A new rule of cuteness? What do you think?

Pug/Dach mix "Henry" is displaying what might possibly be a new rule of Cuteness. I'll let The People™ decide. This potential new rule has to do with the "eyebrow" area, because furry brows enhance the "chub" category and the "Puppy dog eyes" category.

But can it stand on it's own as "upward furbrows"?

Can. it. standonit'sown? [Shatner voice]


Only the People can judge. Oh, and sender-inner Sadie K.

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um! yes!! browsable brows!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:07 AM

Hmmm, the sad puppy eyes are killer - but one must define how they differ from sleepy sleeps eyes, I think!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:11 AM

Brows are VERY cute!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:11 AM

Would this be a subcategory of the "Baroo?" look?

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:11 AM

it's as if the puppy is saying "whatchu talkin about? this isn't already a rule?"

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:13 AM

I doesn't know about brows, but that muzzlepuff is begging for keeses.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:13 AM

I'm not sure this rule is altogether fair. Some species of incredibly cute animals just don't have the eyebrows to be considered for this qualification! Sure, any dog that is part Pug is going to be all "up-ins" with the redonk eyebrows, but think of the kittens!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:14 AM

If we send in more pics of emphasized brows, maybe it will be forced to be a new category!!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:14 AM

A pug-daschund mix?
With the floppy kronche-able ears, the 'baroo?' eyes and the velvety fur...

Oh my yes. New rule indeed.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:16 AM

Brows or Baroo? That is a hard call. Brows are almost integral to Baroo.

But "therisously" who can think about that in the presence of such EARAGE?
Nyam nyam nyam nyam...

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:18 AM

As much as I love critter-brows, I think that brows relate too much to "baroo?"

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:19 AM

The eyebrows are a must -- there's nothing like a good furrowed brow. it says vulnerability, whcih says cute.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:20 AM

New Rule - Call it the worried, concerned or inquisitive eyebrows rule.

Cheryl Bailey
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:22 AM

Yes! Love eyebrows on pups - they look like little confused furry people. And if we make an eyebrow rule this guy has to be included!

jess e.
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Oh, God! So cute! Want to snorgle!!

I think I'm in agreement with shanchan and ChristyMs; this is really more an extension of "baroo?" than a new rule.

Fish Eye no Miko
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Oh, God! So cute! Want to snorgle!!

I think I'm in agreement with shanchan and ChristyMs; this is really more an extension of "baroo?" than a new rule.

Fish Eye no Miko
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Cute pup, but I'm with the "that's not a new rule" people.

I think some rule involving falling asleep (much discussed during baby-tiger discussion, below) might be more urgently needed.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:25 AM

I don't know. I think you ought to give us a post with several examples in order to convince us. ::hard to get::

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Look his little face is so cute...I AGREE let the eyebrows be a new rule for cutness.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:26 AM

further evidence of brow cuteness (I may be a little biased, though).


 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:28 AM

I can't even think about whether brows should be a new rule...a pug/doxie mix?? Are we kidding??? That has got to be the cutest puppy I've ever seen!! (Of course I'll probably be thinking that of the next puppy I see too...) I really could not contain my squee..thank God I'm in my own little cave here at work!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:29 AM

Sarah - I luf your puddle of pooch. Wrinkly brows def = luvable

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:31 AM

And BTW, is this mixed breed called a Pixie?!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:32 AM

New rule - yes! If for no other reason than to say "furbrows" more often. :)

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:33 AM

I vote in favor of this measure, but think that "Kronschable Ears" sbould be a rule of cuteness.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:33 AM


 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:33 AM

I NEED to see more pictures of this little guy! NEED! My two favorite breeds together in one adorable package?! Squeeeeee!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:34 AM

If the rule is more of a "worried/concerned animal" one (not brow-specific), then the kitties could certainly get in on it, too.

Laurie C
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:37 AM

yes, the worried look is cute.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:39 AM

it differs from "Baroo" in that "Baroo" involves a headtilt and inquisitive nature, while the worried look is more defined by the extreeeeeeem wrinkling of the forehead and worried brow. sarah's link is a prime example.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:40 AM

observe little Henry. He does not appear to be saing "baroo?" but something more like "ohgodohgod don't let it get me"

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:41 AM

In my house this is called the Velvet Frown, but it does seem to be a very species-specific cuteness, very localized to wrinkly-faced pups. But then, Paws Up does exclude species without paws. Cute does discriminate my friends. It has to.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:43 AM



 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:44 AM

I'm happy to add a "brow rider" to the definition for Baroo, in the Glossary...

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:50 AM

Love the brows but maybe we should wait until there's at least three (?) photos that fit only that category? Still, the category might sit a little too close to "chub" "eye capsules" and "sleepy eyes"

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:52 AM

Oh yes. Absolutely!! Half my dogs personality is in his eye brows. It's so funny.

Bridget F.
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 11:53 AM

This dog belongs on Frasier. Frasier would say something and then the dog would just look at him. The new Eddie. Ahhaha.

Tracy Flick
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Do schnauzer brows fit into this in some way? Because I know my little schnau-schnau is even that much more freakin' adorable with them. Especially when he combs them forward in an "aw-shucks" manner.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:02 PM

I agree with Sven. What about the kittehs! or the salamanders!

Stephanie S.
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Yes! My dog's cute brows get me every time. All her expression is concentrated there. I think she knows I think it's cute, and manipulates me with her brows. It works.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Frinkles! You've gotta call 'em frinkles!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:06 PM

Well, is baroo actually a rule or just a term?

As such I think we should move that the definition of baroo make some mention of the furbrows AND make a rule that if you are blatantly showing off your furbrows, it's cute!

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:06 PM

The next time I make a homebrew I'm totally calling it Schnauzer brau.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:09 PM

It might be called the "Gromit" effect: almost a subset of the coy "Princess Di" head-down-eyes-up, but the expressive eyebrow element is critical.

It's very special when they lay with their chin on their paws and watch you walk by, without moving their head at all.

Nancy Hard
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:15 PM

Baroo Brows and Frinkled Frows. I like AuntieMame's word "frinkle"

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:21 PM

AAAAAAAAAAARGH!! Rogue apo'strophe's! Rogue apo'strophe's!! AACK!

/grammar freak ;-)

Definitely needs a new category, called it "Just Brow-sing!" *GRIN*


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:22 PM

The Concerned Pup-- sounds like a viable category to me.

J. Bo
 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:27 PM

...or maybe a local pub.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:28 PM

OK, first, I've held my tongue long enough. I'm afraid that I don't think that this little guy fits the "your head looks down, but your eyes look up" rule because he is, in fact, looking to the side. He does, however, fit the rule I proposed many moons ago about visible eye whites being cute. Second, I do think that upward furbrows can stand on their own as a rule of cute. And third, he is sooooooooo cute. A pug-dachsie mix? I thought he was a puggle. Is he all long like a wiener dog, SadieK? I think I'm in love.

 |  Jan 22, 2007 at 12:33 PM

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