Whenever she receives friendly attention or cuddles, 10-year-old Belle seems to beam with happiness and lets out a big smile.

We might have Britain’s happiest dog

It appears that the cute Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross can’t help but smile when she meets people and her carers believe that she may have taught herself to smile because it gets such a good response from humans.

Belle may have learnt to smile when adoring humans smiled back, laughed and gave her friendly attention – so she continues to grin whenever she meets someone.

Cute pictures of Belle show just how happy she gets when given cuddles as she lets out a beaming smile while being stroked by carers.

We might have Britain’s happiest dog

Belle lived with a family for six years but was handed in to the charity Dogs Trust when her owners could no longer care for her.

We might have Britain’s happiest dog

She lives at the Dogs Trust centre in Harefield, a village in west London, and carers say she is one-of-a-kind. The centre has taken care of over 10,000 dogs yet none have charmed everyone with such a winning smile like Belle has.

Centre Manager Richard Moore said,

Belle is a friendly, happy, outgoing dog who smiles at everyone she meets. We’ve had over 10,000 dogs through our doors since we opened but I can’t remember a dog with a smile like Belle. She gets so happy when she meets someone. Not only does she let out a beaming smile but she has this great little jig that she does. She doesn’t just jig her tail but she jigs her whole body, it’s brilliant. It doesn’t happen very often with dogs, dogs with longer faces have been known to look like they’re smiling but I haven’t seen any that look as happy as Belle.

We might have Britain’s happiest dog

We train dogs positively at Dogs Trust, and Belle always pays attention to the reaction she gets – which in most cases involves a laugh and a cuddle from us humans. So she’s learnt that this particular expression, in other words her smile, always gets a great response, so she continues to do it. We hope she brings many smiles to any prospective new owners.”

If you think you can offer a loving home to Belle please contact Dogs Trust Harefield on 0300 303 0292.

To find out more about Dogs Trust please visit their website

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