Golden Retriever Plays With Own Tail in Hilarious Video: 'He's Broken'

A Golden Retriever puppy's fascination with their own tail is delighting dog lovers on social media.

Jax the pup's playful attempts at biting and pulling on the fluffy appendage were captured in a video shared to TikTok by his owner posting under the handle katalthouse34.

At the time of writing the clip has been viewed over 1.8 million times with Jax's unorthodox yet undeniably cute behavior captivating fans of all things furry and four-legged.

You can tell a lot about a dog from their tail.

According to a 2007 study from researchers in Italy, dogs wag their tails to the right when they see something they want to approach and to the left when confronted with something they want to stay away from.

The study, conducted by psychologists from the University of Trieste, saw 30 dogs of varying breeds put through a series of trials in which they were videoed while being shown either their owner, a human stranger, a cat, or a Belgian Shepherd Malinois.

When shown a human or cat, tails were found to mainly wag to the right. However, when shown the picture of the large, unknown dog, tails were found to wag more to the left. The study, published in Current Biology, also highlighted that dogs often wagged their tails to the left when left on their own.

There's no shortage of tail-wagging where Jax is concerned but while the Golden Retriever's antics may not be an indication of his feelings, they certainly demonstrate the canine's eagerness to play, even if the playmate happens to be his own tail.

In the clip, Jax can be seen doing something approaching a handstand (or maybe that should be a paw-stand) while attempting to engage with his tail by batting away at it.

It makes for an unusual sight. Something that evidently was not lost on his owner, who shared the footage alongside the hashtags "silly puppy" and "not one thought."

The clip drew a similar response in the comments section with Jax proving to be a real hit with viewers. One TikTok user, posting as Andrew0504, joked: "He's broken" with katalthouse34 responding: "He sure is! And there's no reset button on him."

Riffing on a similar theme, Shirkst709 asked: Did you try unplugging it and then plugging it back in? Peyton Brunson, meanwhile, wrote: "And people ask me what I mean when I say Golden retrievers are derpy dogs" with PaHaAs commenting: "Clearly an only child and can entertain themselves. I'd say you've raised a successful child. Congrats!"

Elsewhere, kellypendergrass lamented: "Hundreds of dollars in dog toys and this. Lol he's the cutest!!" while BigWisky wondered aloud: "what guy hasn't tried this."

A Golden Retriever puppy chewing their tail.
File photo of a Golden Retriever chewing their own tail. A puppy called Jax has developed quite the fascination with his own tail. Kinek00/Getty

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