One of the most beautiful parts about having a dog is that they’ll make you laugh all the time — even when they’re doing the most basic things. So it isn’t surprising that dog owners have been eager to take on the new ‘egg challenge’ on social media, which involves putting an egg into your dog’s mouth and waiting to see what they do with it.
Sure, it may just sound like a ridiculous way to show off a dog’s cuteness, but there’s actually a pretty good reason why people are doing it. In fact, it tests how gentle a dog’s jaw can be.
The egg challenge first started when a woman read a fun fact online: that golden retriever’s have such soft jaws, they can hold eggs in their mouths without breaking them. And she couldn’t help but put it to the test.
my aunt read online that a golden retriever’s mouth is so gentle they can hold an egg in their mouth without cracking it so she tried it on her dog and well pic.twitter.com/6SDyUI3v4j
— elizabeth gillies fan account (@Iaurdreyfuss) February 4, 2018
Of course, golden retriever owners everywhere wanted to test out their dogs’ newfound talent.
Tried out the Golden Retriever egg challenge with Missy tonight. She was successful and remains a very good girl pic.twitter.com/inRC37V6SN
— Brendan Mulligan (@mullaby) February 6, 2018
— jayzerine ; (@_jayzerine) February 3, 2018
Impressive, right? Well part of the reason why retrievers have such soft jaws is because they were historically bred to bring hunted game back to their owners in their mouths. But this genetic advantage didn’t stop other dog breeds from trying the challenge too.
Take this beautiful husky, for instance, who couldn’t resist the urge to eat the egg.
— Callie Plake (@callieplake) February 7, 2018
Or Watson, a Boston terrier, who felt a little possessive over his egg…
Here’s my 8 month old Boston terrier Watson doing the golden retriever egg challenge 🥚😂 pic.twitter.com/kiCZdWiIk5
— Curtis Lepore (@curtislepore) February 6, 2018
…just like the adorable Athena.
— Nadia Aboulhosn (@nadiaaboulhosn) February 4, 2018
This snorting dog might have failed the test, but who cares?
I tried the golden retriever challenge with Henry, my special needs frenchie. Besides giving the egg some kisses he was unable to complete the challenge due to mouth size but he’d like to see a retriever try to pig-snort as well as him. #talent #flawless pic.twitter.com/mtDdfz7rbd
— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) February 6, 2018
Worried your dog will get sick from eating raw egg but still want to take the challenge? Fear not! You don’t need to use a raw one — you can try out the test with a hard or soft-boiled one instead.
While the accuracy of this egg test is pretty questionable (any dog could technically break an egg if they bite down), it did teach the world something important: dogs are absolutely hilarious, whether they’re holding eggs in their mouths or doing nothing at all.