Science Finally Explains Why Dogs Actually Are 'Man's Best Friend'

by Chris Riotta

If you've ever owned a dog, you understand what I mean when I say it's the best friend you will ever have in your life.

Seriously. Dogs don't judge your choice in guys or girls, nor do they judge you when you binge on pizza while you're home alone, and they would never talk sh*t behind your back (mostly because they literally can't but also because they're awesome).

If you haven't had the chance to have a puppy as a pet, you may want to consider picking up a new best friend.

Apparently, the love we share with our canine companions is scientifically similar to the love between a mother and her children.

That's because oxytocin, the "cuddle hormone," is released when we cuddle or pet our dogs for just three minutes, according to research performed at Monash University.

That's the same hormone released when a mother bonds with her newborn child during the beginning of their relationship.

Maybe that's why you hear some dog owners call their pets their "baby."

I love dogs just as much as the next guy, but I think that's where the comparisons need to stop.

Dogs aren't actually babies -- some of us just love them equally.

Citations: Dogs really are mans best friend science proves it (Metro)