"The funny thing about these dogs is that the smaller one most often chases the bigger one." [so whenever they meet in the park that's how they play]

I feel like leaving out "the" before "most" is the more natural choice here. If so, can you tell me why?

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Your sense is correct. (By the way, if the meaning is one that contrasts each dog’s chasing the other, traditionalists would prefer more often chases because there are only two alternatives and they’d reserve most for three or more.)

One would use the in constructions like

That’s perhaps the most often quoted of Mark Twain’s witticisms,

which can be paraphrased as

That’s one of Mark Twain’s witticisms and may be the one quoted more than any other.

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