We all love our pets more than anything, and we also love taking lots of pics of them so we can share their cuteness with the world. It doesn’t always quite work out as planned, however! Just like us, animals have their dorky moments, times when they are captured in a less-than-flattering pose.
Unlike us though, they don’t care, and they won’t be asking you to untag them on Facebook. So we asked our readers to show us their silliest pet pics; the ones when they looked at their most awkward, goofy or just flat out fugly. Boy, did they deliver! From derpy dogs to clumsy cats and hideous horses, this list compiled by Bored Panda has them all.
Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite awkward animals!
The Many Faces Of Augustus
According to research, it is likely that the culture of keeping pets began thousands of years ago, with our human ancestors capturing young wolves and domesticating them. The reason for adopting these furry predators was probably not for their cute faces, but because they were useful for hunting. Over time, these wolves evolved into a tamer species – dogs. According to a study published in May 2015, this evolution could have been as early as 27,000 years ago. So if we no longer hunt, why keep pets around now?
Regrets, So Many Regrets
Feeling The Wind In Your Floof
Taking care of an animal can be extremely costly, as any pet owner might tell you. Due to cost, other theories suggest that owning a pet is a sign of a person’s wealth. In order to properly care for an animal, one needs the resources to take care of themselves and the pet. “There’s a lot of history and culture with how we chose to express this desire to look after animals, but basically it is a human instinct that used to be an honest signal of the ability to look after animals,” veterinary scientist John Bradshaw told the BBC.
Odin – Always Such A Handsome Boy!
She Looks Like She Is About To Transform Into A Werewolf But She’s Actually Just Yawning!
James Serpell, professor of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, believes that there are evolutionary benefits today to keeping pets. “Because we are such a social species,” he says, “we are constantly seeking relationship with others – including with our pets. Humans which lack social support are more vulnerable to disease and infection.”
She’s So Stylish, So Elegant, So…
This Was His Best Smile. We Miss Him So Much
Some disagree with the evolutionary benefits of keeping pets and believe that it is more of a fashion, a trend that is reinforced by its own popularity. Plus, we simply find different animals ‘cute’ at different periods of time.
Serpell disagrees though. He believes that pet-keeping occurred naturally in hunter-gather communities and so it must be inbuilt.
“The notion that pet-keeping could be sustained by fluctuations in fashion is incomprehensible because we know people are having these kinds of relationships with animals very early in their history.”
Clearly, it’s difficult to know exactly why humans keep pets. But keep them we do, and they enrich our lives in so many ways. That’s reason enough for me!
My Sweet Baby Girl Decided To Eat A Piece Of Grass And Regretted It!
Bingsu On The Left Is Pretty Normal. Makoli On The Right… Well… Not So Much
My Little Vampire
My Dog Chasing A Pigeon, Excitement Level 999999
Trying To Look Cute For Treats…
This Is Our Sweet Boy Feli
This Is My Special Boy Dexter
This Is How My Dog Sleeps
He’s Actually Quite Cute, But This… Lol
This Is Pixels Best Angle 😂😂
Raven The Black Gsd Looking Looking Like Ice Cube
Just So Tired
Gato Is Surprised To See Me
Frankie Says Relax
Our Beautiful Boy Morris 🌈 13-01-2017😔
Harrison Attempting Yoga
Sometimes Weasley Has A Beautiful Nap Face
Nooo, Not Again That Camera!
Interrupted His Grooming Session
Munchie Wants Me To Throw The Ball, Now Damnit!
Toobah Taking A Nap
I Have So Many Of Unflattering Photos Of My Shelter Dogs, They Are Unique 🤩
Here’s Mine When He Was Super Young And We Caught Him Trying To Steal Cake
Pippi- So Humanlike When She Sleeps!
My Nutcases :d
Boomer Smiling At Me
My Cat: Ptolemy
Silly Sleeper ( Makes Me Laugh Everytime I Look At This Pic)
Jenna- First Time In A Dog Park Without Her Leash
Skittle Trying To Fit Into A Very Small Box
My Cat Daisy Is Judging My Sweet Dog Jayne…
My Pug Judas. In His Mind, Everything Stinks
Dexter Seeing A Fly On The Lamp
My Cat Looks Like He’s Puking In A Santa’s Hat
I’ll Get You For This
Your Soul Is Mine Hooman!
My Baby, Ms. Tiggy Stardust: Vampire Cat!
My Precious Baby… Playtime In Slow Motion
Bizmark On A Hike With Me
Our Cute Pup With A Tongue The Size Of An Ironing Board
Watcha Doin’ Hoomans?
I Just Wanted Some Cuddles
Jordan Refusing To Take A “Normal” Photo
My Great Dane Trying To Get Me To Open The Door!
My Dog, The Criminal….he Is Too!
This Is Zeca When I Asked Who Was The Most Handsome Maremmano In The World
He Is So Expressive I Think He Is A Human Who Has Been Turned Into A Dog
Sissi, The Smiling Horse😁
Right Before A Sneeze
She’s Usually Such A Beaut 😂
When You’re On Holiday And Ask The Hubby To “Please Send Me A Nice Picture Of Our Horses”
Ari Is Equal Parts Doofus And Pretty Princess.
My Daft Dog Theodore! A Picture Says It All!!
A Picture Of Perfect Grooming
Shadow Is A Beautiful Sleeper 😂
My Handsome Man, Baldr Odinson.
Mine Is The One In The Back
Doing A Relax. Ralph The Rescued Puerto Rican Street Dog…..now Living His Best Life
Hello! Nice To Meet You.
Just Chillin’ On The Hammock…
Thanks For That View Higgins
He’s A Dignified Boy!
Néo, When She Was A Pup
My Cat Ingolf…he Sometimes Crawls Up In My Bed And Bellows Out To The Room, And Then Stares Down At Me With That Face….i Still Dont Know Why 😅
This *was* An Adorable Pic Of My Bella Sleeping. She Opened Her Eyes The Second She Heard My Camera Click And….
My Cat Kedi Yawning.
My Friend’s Idiot Cat, Ollie. Face Hidden For Modesty Purposes.
This Is My Treat Not Yours, So There. This Is How Lucy Stares At People All The Time. The Best Dog In The World.
I’m A Cat, I’m Free To Do Anything, Including Letting My Mouth Open While Sleeping.
Sancti Chilling In Bed.
My Beautiful Shih Tzu Pollyanna Mid Shake 😄
Layla The Xoloitzcuintli
Junior In All His Beauty !
So Attractive 😂
Jordan Refusing To Take A “Normal” Photo
My Cat Calliope, Mid Yawn!
My Cat Yawning While He Sleeps
Black Sabbath- She Earned Her Name 🙂
Tonks At Her Finest?
Took A Lot Of Scrolling But I Love This Picture
This Is Our Smokey, Always Like That Everytime You Want A Picture Of Her😂
They Are Playing, But It Looks Like She Is Going To Eat Him 😆 Hide Or Report This
Get That Camera Out Of My Face….im Chillin
We’re The Prettiest Cats In The World vs. Did Somebody Say Snacks? @ari_and_kuro
You Wouldn’t Think That It’s The Same Cat
My Dog Stella With Her Ear Stuck Back, And Looking Inexplicably Concerned
Our Chubby Girl Belle In Her “Sploot” Pose!
Who Is A Good Boy?
My Boy Sammy Is Ridiculously Handsome (My Avatar) But He Looks Like A Devil Cat Here, His Eye Looks Orange
If Fifs Fifs I Fitfs!
She Was In A Good Mood>^
She Got Into A Porcupine. Poor Girl Was Lucky It Wasn’t More!!!
This Is My Little Peanut
They Didn’t Really Enjoy Seeing The Easter Bunny This Year. This Is The Best Pic We Could Get Of Them
My Cat Luna Is Usually Very Photogenic. This Was A Rare Photo
My Cat Tabitha
My Crazy Dog. Her Name Is Panda
I’ve Never Taken A Flattering Picture Of This Guy. But We Love Him Anyway
My Beautiful Angel Boy Ukaleq (Which Means Rabbit… The Name Stuck When We Were Looking For A Fitting Name)
Always Intense Face When I Ask Him To Wait Sit Down For One Picture 😑…
Some People And Dogs Take Beautiful Thought Out Selfies. Then There’s This. The Two Kindest Dogs In The World That Are Best Friends Look Like They Are About To Eat Each Other Then There’s Us!! 😂😂
Me And My Late Doggie Derping Together Back In 2015 😂
The Indignity Of Dog Boots
He Always Makes Me Laugh