How a dog wears pants is the sort of question a toddler might ask, but it is taking adults and the world of social media an age to come up with an answer. While real news sleeps and people take time off from doing anything important over the holiday season, the internet has been set ablaze with debate over a canine conundrum.

A drawing of a dog showing two ways they could theoretically wear trousers was posted on Facebook by Utopian Raspberry – Modern Oasis and has been shared and re-tweeted thousands of times in mere hours.

Why? The big debate is whether the dog would wear pants, or trousers, on just its hind legs or all four.

One camp is adamant the dog would wear them on just two as that's what humans would do, while others vehemently argue the dog has four legs so technically they should go on all of them.

Claims were backed up by people posting pictures of their own dogs wearing trousers in what they believed to be the correct way.

Maxim magazine, who saw and retweeted the original post got in contact with the creator, Norbert: "I created it last night at about 2 or 3 am. I saw some dogs wearing pants, and I thought about how they don't really have arms so their pants should technically go on every leg. I just tried both versions. I honestly didn't expect it to become so popular. I'm just glad people found it entertaining."

This bizarre viral puzzler has been shared on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and with the hashtag dogpants trending it reminds us of this year's other sensational head-scratcher "the dress", which set off a bomb of controversy as a picture of an outfit appeared in different colours to different people. Some saw it as black and blue while others saw it as white and gold resulting in over 10 million tweets about it.

So, back to the dog: what is the correct answer? The internet rages on but a poll posted on Twitter by Jared Keller, the man who was a catalyst to this pointless debate after seeing it online, says most people agree they should be worn on two legs.

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