Do you know why dogs show their teeth?
According to Vet Street, dogs show their teeth for a few different reasons, depending on the circumstance. The most commonly understood reason is aggression.
However, in this collection of 70 goofy dogs from pet owners and dog lovers, they’re unpacking what it means when their dog is smiling, grinning, and just being silly. Enjoy these teefy doggos.
1. Human, we want to come in.
What’s a dog to do when it wants to come in and its human is taking too long? A normal dog would bark or scratch at the door, but this one has a slightly different method. And he’s helping his buddies out.
2. A face only a mother could love
Okay, we won’t go that far. But you have to admit this dog looks just a wee bit silly. I’m sure her owners love her no matter what she looks like and gives her lots of cuddles.
3. What a face
Some dogs at the animal shelter leave an immediate impression, even if you can’t take them home. Just take this guy, who’s still working on his “I’m sweet and adoptable” expression.
4. Get that camera away from me
No one likes having a camera shoved in their face, especially when they’re trying to take a nap. I guess it’s just a hazard of being so cute and having such particularly adorable teeth.
5. Like human, like doggie
Is there anything cuter than dogs matching their humans? These two are both giving the cameras big smiles. Of course, the dog’s smile is a little goofier than that of the owners.
6. The cutest shark ever
This little pup’s doing his best impression of a shark, or at least, it looks that way. But no one should tell him he’s not inspiring fear so much as exclamations of “Awe.”
7. Let him out
I don’t know where this sweet Siberian Husky is, but he doesn’t seem to mind. If anything, he’s enjoying doing…well, whatever he’s doing. As long as he’s happy, I guess.
8. Now that’s a snaggletooth
Is it just me or does this pup bear a passing resemblance to Freddy Mercury? All we need is a microphone and a wifebeater and then we can make a more accurate comparison.
9. Offers bespoke table chomping
Seeing how much this pup enjoys chewing the table, you have to wonder if those scratches are his work. But who could be mad at such a sweet little face?
10. She’s so grateful
This sweet little puppy was recently rescued by a new owner. Whenever her human pays her any attention, she can’t help but break into a broad and toothy grin.
11. It was a good nap
You know it’s a good nap when the mouth falls open. That goes for both humans and animals alike. Who wouldn’t love a nap snuggled up with their favorite buddy?
12. Who is she?
You’re walking down the hallway. Suddenly you stop, surprised by a mysterious figure in the distance. You only catch a glimpse of a toofer. Will you ever find the mystery girl?
13. Now that’s a doggie smile
Some dog smiles toe the line between cute and terrifying. But they can’t help it. They’re descended from wolves and their teeth are proof of that.
14. He’s so pleased with himself.
Ernie likes to squeeze himself into this tiny spot behind the furniture. Judging by the way his teeth are out, I think he’s enjoying himself quite a bit.
15. He knows how cute he is
I wonder what it’s like to be this cute. I’m pretty sure you go through life getting whatever you want and whenever you want it. It’s the sweater and smile combo.
16. When your mom tells you to smile for the camera
Is it just me or does this look like every elementary school photo ever taken? Making a goofy face and showing off some crooked teeth. Don’t worry, bud, this is your awkward phase.
17. Give her anything she wants
Forget puppy dog eyes. This pooch figured out a whole routine for making her owners give her whatever she wants. I think it’s going to work.
18. Why is it so tiny?
If there’s anything that can bring joy to your day, it’s this teeny dog’s smile. It just goes to show — a smile doesn’t have to be big for it to spread.
19. Smiling in style
When people see this pretty girl, they want to know if she was a former police dog. Why? Well, it’s somewhat common for them to have caps on their teeth. The response? “Nope, she likes to eat rocks.”
20. Say “cheese”
Not everyone has the most photogenic smile, neither humans or dogs. But beauty comes from the inside. As long as you’re confident, then your smile will be, too.
This might just be the widest dog smile I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the pup passed away since this photo was taken, but he’ll be remembered by his owner — and the internet — as the dog whose grin made us grin.
22. A doggie tooth model
Winnie the dog had such unique teeth that her owner turned her into a famous model. Or at least, they turned her into a lot of different creatures via PhotoShop.
23. Those are some little teeth
When this dog saw the camera come out, he immediately flashed his most charming smile. Who could resist such a handsome boy? He ought to be the poster pup for the whole subreddit.
24. Someone needs braces
Is it mean to laugh at this poor dog? It’s not her fault that her teeth look so silly. We still think she’s a beautiful girl no matter what.
25. He’s still handsome
Dogs don’t get the same amount of dental maintenance that humans do. It’s not uncommon for them to have a serious underbite or overbite. We’ll just say it gives them personality.
26. The ultimate underbite
Are you baring your teeth to strike fear into the hearts of others? Not this dog. If he tried, I think we might all burst into laughter. But isn’t he adorable?
27. The way you smile at your crush
Have you ever flashed someone a smile thinking you looked suave and confident, only to realize you looked absolutely ridiculous? It’s okay, pup. It happens to all of us.
28. She’s happy to see you
This sweet girl just had emergency surgery, which set her back for a while. But now she’s returned to her happy self, with a big doggie smile to prove it.
29. Those are some tiny toofers
This little dog is a Chow, and everything about him is tiny from his ears to his tail. But those teeth seem almost too small to be real. How can he even chew?
30. Those teeth are coming in early
This little dog is only 18 weeks old yet he already has an impressive set of teeth. Human mothers everywhere should be grateful their babies get their teeth when they’re a little bit older.
31. We’ve all had those days
This is Sam. He’s giving the camera a shy but adorable smile. I’ve only seen a single picture of him and I’d already do anything for him. That smirk is too cute.
This dog’s teeth are so perfect they almost don’t look real. Can anyone explain to me why this is so cute? Please…I need to understand why this is so cute.
33. He’s a sophisticated boy
That bow tie might look dapper, but despite the formal setting, he just can’t suppress that silly smile. We love him all the more for it. Doesn’t he look handsome?
34. Someone uses Crest Strips
I’m jealous of this dog’s perfectly white teeth. I guess it’s easy to keep them white when you don’t drink coffee or tea. I bet she also uses whitening toothpaste.
35. You’re going to share, right?
Gambit the dog is watching his human eat dinner. He’s invested in the prospect of a couple of tidbits, in case you couldn’t tell by the teeth.
36. He’s so scary
This little guy would like everyone to know he’s quite fearsome and scary, thank you very much. He might be tiny, but remember, he descended from wolves.
37. Just a little peek
Meet Chai, who’s a bit shyer when it comes to showing off her teeth. She really shouldn’t be self-conscious. We think she’s absolutely gorgeous from ears to toofers.
38. Big smiles from the birthday boy
Some people aren’t fans of their birthday, but this happy boy doesn’t belong to that group. Today is his first birthday and he’s showing off his teeth to celebrate.
39. Sid, is that you?
There’s no getting around the fact that this dog looks a lot like everyone’s favorite cartoon sloth. It’s the combination of teeth, nose, and that long, floppy neck.
40. It’s his formal portrait
I just can’t stop laughing at this photo. It looks like it belongs on the wall of a fancy mansion. Yet I can’t stop staring at those tiny front teeth.
41. It started with a smile
When Bubbub the dog was in a shelter, the workers posted this photo on their website. It immediately captured the heart of his future owner. Who knew toofers had such power?