Man’s best friend is also his most dependable wingman, new research suggests.
A survey of 1,000 single people commissioned by dating site EliteSingles found that 63 percent of people find dog owners most attractive – compared to just 18 percent of people who prefer cat owners.
A staggering 19 percent (that we definitely aren’t interested in dating, anyway) said they didn’t consider pet owners attractive at all.
The study also revealed that a great number of people take pets into consideration when searching for The One, with 72 percent saying they can tell how a person will behave in a relationship based on how they treat their pets.
A not-altogether-shocking 32 percent of dog owners and 27 percent of cat owners claimed they would ditch their date if their animal companion clearly wasn’t feeling it.
Salama Marine, a psychologist who specializes in dating, told Metro.co.uk the findings don’t come as much of a surprise.
“As raising animals – particularly active animals like dogs – requires a lot of commitment and dedication,” she said, “singles with pets are often perceived to be kind, friendly and ready to commit to a long term relationship.”
Next stop: the animal shelter.