Let’s hear it for the Soft Kronche™

Do you know what I mean? The "Soft Kronche™" is when a dog takes a really slow, soft bite on something—real gentle-like—I love that. They’re like: "Is eet OK to bite?" Like when they take a treat, it’s a responsible, soft, kronche.


The epitome of "puppy-dog eyes", Tristan G.



  1. Maureen says:

    Oh… the eyes. The sweet soft little “cronche”. You just wait, he’ll (she’ll?) start CRONCHE!!!-ing it soon enough, and then we’ll have photos of the ensuing tug-o-war.

  2. Fritatta says:

    Okay, just shoot me now. That “paws up” kittypic almost did me in. This finishes it off.

  3. Tse paws, and the litle ears, and the eyes… aww I wants it.

  4. Awwww,i dont think it can get any cuter!

  5. *melts*

    Where do I get one? 😉

  6. makiono says:

    omg! the eyes! the paws! the fur! the size! the hand is probably bigger than the head…

    >.< squee! XD

  7. Aa..AWWWWWW!!!

  8. Spryte808 says:

    my 7 yr old dog does the same kronche kind of bites..

  9. It’s cute on it’s own…then you notice it’s size in relation to the human paw beside it and suddenly it becomes the UBER CUTE OF DOOM!
    *makes grabby hands at screen and whimpers*

  10. Could those little claws be any cuter?! And those please play with me eyes! Lovin’ it!


  11. If I lean closely enough to the screen, I think I can smell the puppy breath. LOVE HEEM!

  12. cuteness lover says:

    Those soft bites don’t come natural, I’ve had to spend many hours teaching mine to take things “nicely” as I tell them.

  13. hrh.squeak says:

    Lulu – Yes!!! Must touch the Uber Cute NOW!!, even though it will melt me into helpless puddle of goo!!!!!!

  14. Laurie C says:

    SoftKronche sounds like some kind of ice cream treat, or chocolate bar. Now I’m hungry.

  15. the EYES!

    the anerable EYES!!!

    I just sploded from teh kyoot.

  16. fat puppy toes!!!!!

  17. Well it might be the beer talking, but this is the cutest thing EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. SOFT KRONCHE!!!!

    You’re my hero, Meg. 🙂

  19. Cutest caption EVAR!!!!111!!!111!!!!eleven!

  20. wait.. is that his BACK paw on the chewie? I’m confused…

  21. I would buy him all the toys in Petco.

  22. Fish Eye no Miko says:

    My dad had a dog (golden lab, I think) who was really good with the Soft Kronche. She was very gentle when she took things out of you hand (treats, toys, etc). It was really nice, I was never worried when I gave her stuff. She was a really sweet dog in general.

  23. fknocker says:


  24. PUPPPYYYY!!!!

  25. How adorable is that?!!? Just thinking about Soft Kronche makes my teeth go all chewy. “Nyeh nyeh nyeh nyeh nyeh.”

  26. Yes, Cuteness Lover, that is exactly what we tell our dogs. “Nicely”. It’s so funny, if we repeat it a couple of times they get so “careful” that only their lips open up to take the treat.

    My G-pig Zoe had 5 babies on Thursday night! Just after my daughter and I left on vacation! The little bugger. My son called to tell us they were born. Sooooo cute! 🙂

  27. *soft kronche* is also the sound that my head made when it sploded from the cute overload of round puppy eyes.

  28. Aww! Puppyeyes FTW!

    I’ve been going to this site ever since slashdot mentioned it..lol.


  29. Lauri, congrats on your extended cuteness!

  30. Brak_Silverbone says:

    Little sweet feet!!

  31. Let’s not forget the every day item making it look small… The thumb nail is almost as big as the nose! OMG!!!

  32. amelionaire says:

    omg, it looks jus like my Jack Russel when he was a pup!
    I wana snorgle those ears so bad *sigh*

  33. Cutener says:

    Now that puplette IS anerable, but the toy does look unfortunately like it’s a big ole pair of testicles…..
    (C’mon – I can’t be the only person who thought this, surely?!) Perhaps this was deliberate, to limit the Head-Explosion Factor…?

  34. puppylover says:

    OMG! that is adorable!!

  35. That is soo cute!

  36. OMG what an adorable puppy!!!!

  37. Cutener, I don’t mean to get personal, but if your testicles look like THAT, perhaps it’s time to get your gear to a doctor.

    I’m just sayin’…

  38. grrrromit says:

    Heh! When my pug takes a treat, it’s like a violent treat-annihilating tsunami of fury. She’s a bit maniacal, though. The day she “cronches” will be the day I take a nap without constantly fearing a dog making out with me. Is it weird that I’ve learned to like sleeping with a pillow on my face for safety?

  39. Leilani says:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! The eyes! The ears! The sweet little round head! *thud*

  40. Aww. I am not a puppy person, but that is one seriously cute pupster. Schweet!

  41. Thanks, Q…we are enjoying our babies to the max!

    Meg….which animals do YOU have at home? You definitely understand and have perfected the terminology…..moist nosicles and soft kronches, …honk-shu, muzzlepuffs….oh soooo perfect!! 🙂

  42. …and the ultimate…….squeeeeeeee

  43. Sarcasta says:

    I liked the question about which of his feet was on the toy…. I like to imagine (look closely at the picture) that he has only THREE feet!

    Just because the other back leg is hidden doesn’t prove it exists. Muah-ha-hah.

  44. Lauri!
    I have no ani-pals at home! None! C.O. is my virtual pet.

    In the past and growing up, however, we had cats, a dog and LOTS of aquarium fish.

    I think everyone knows the Soft Kronshe, right? It’s not rocket surgery!


  45. GreenEyedHawk says:

    As I say when I see puppies at work…

    Dawww…lookit dat face!!!!

  46. *undignified squeaking noises*

    So CWOOT! Eek!

  47. I think retrievers were bred (and trained) not to “bust birds” — that is, bring them back more-or-less intact to the hunter with the shotgun. Their instinct, like with most predatory animals, would probably be just to eat it. The fact that they can overcome their “nature” the way we humans do (in some limited way) may not be rocket surgery… but it surely is brain science.

  48. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH *blood curdling scream* I LOVE TEH KRONCHE!

  49. Tristan G says:

    This little one is called Tara . A friend pointed out that Tara is “A Rat” backwards. She was only about 10 week old and less than a kilogram when the photo was taken.

  50. Yes, grrrromit, it is a bit weird to sleep with a pillow on one’s face. But I’m won’t criticise your adaption to a hostile environment. Wanting a pillow may well be a survival trait.

  51. I have only one thing to add: LOWER LIP!!!
    TIny, soft, slightly moist and completes the worried look.. Awwwwww! Know what I mean?

  52. Chamcent says:

    Awwww omg so adorable!!

    Question…what breed of dog is this?

  53. Aaaack! The eyes! The ear flops! and the PAWS! I’m on a Peace Corps assignment in Albania, and my previous host family’s dog had puppies just before I left them, and ever since I saw that litter, I can never get enough PAW imagery! *plays with teensy claws*

    *misses previous host family and Da Pups*

  54. Cutener says:

    Hey, J.Bo, I don’t have any testicles, what with being a woman and all, but I’ll bear your advice in mind….. ;p

  55. Iddle cutey-paws! **head explodes**

  56. Tristan G says:

    Jack Russel (not pure bred)

  57. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    look at his huge eyes
    how cute!
    i no how cute he is this cute aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. A Fine Morsel says:

    One of my two dogs does the Soft Kronche. He is a 10 yr. old terrier mix and looks vaguely like this little guy, except with huge ears. Similar soulful eyes, though!

  59. oh sweet sweet puppah,
    you’re two colored fur,
    is so soft and fluffah,
    my heart is all a-purr!

    Cute black leetle nose,
    big moist puppah eyes,
    In my rack you could doze,
    While I count leetle puppah sighs..

  60. Well, Meg, I am sure-tainly glad that CO is your virtual pet!
    I especially love the fact that all this kyootness is expressed in words, phrases, and syllables many of which have never been seen (or spelled) before!


    And the creativity that ensues! Amazin’! 🙂

  61. oh and let the countdown begin…my sis-in-law made a wunnerful announcement yesterday….she’s having puppahs! yes, in ’bout a week she will have 2 anerable aussie cattle dog pups…a blue & red..I promise to take snorgleablicious pics for all.

  62. omg, that is so cute it made me actually type omg! i so totally want to “soft kronche” that doggie’s leettle nose.

  63. this pup is so cute. i’ve never owned a pet before and am looking to own my first house soon. priority one is getting a dog.. and i want one exactly like this. what breed is this and how big would he or she get? thanks 🙂

  64. Shannon L. says:


  65. Of all the cute dogs that have appeared on C.O., this one has got to be the tops. Tara – so sweet! So tiny! Such soft floppy ears! (Tristan G please tell us she still has all of her tail?)

  66. Naj–someone up there said it’s a Jack Russell mix. Warning: saying they’re energetic is like saying the Pope is religious. In other words, true, but a mighty understatement.

    This pup is making my ovaries go ‘splodey, I can’t stand it!

  67. Theresa says:

    I am very familiar w/ the Soft Kronche. I had a dog who loved to eat french fries. She would bite into them really gentle like. I called her the Gentle Fry Eater.

  68. Tristan G says:
  69. Piggalette says:

    AWWW. That last pic is so cute Tristan G!

  70. I am so in love…

  71. madison says:

    that pup is so cute

  72. It doesn’t get any cuter than this!!!