Science confirms what we already knew: having a pet INSTANTLY makes you more attractive.
Like, 63 per cent more. There’s actually whole social media accounts based around it. (I give you: Hot Dudes With Pets. You’re welcome).
In fact, only 6 per cent of people think mentioning pets is a negative thing. So don’t be scared to talk about your furry friends next time you’re on a date.
A legitimate survey, powered by EliteSingles, (they know their shit) have released concrete data on pets and dating. And surprisingly, the results directly correlate with how millennials are already choosing potential partners.
After surveying 680 Aussie singles, it’s obvious that the numbers don’t lie. Lucky we’re here to crunch those for you. Here are the takeaways from the survey that you actually might find useful at some point in your life.
71% say they’re more attracted to people with pets in their profile pics.
“Like, did you actually think I agreed to this date because I wanted to hang out with you? LOL! Quit playin’, where the puppy at?” We’ve all been there (and I don’t care what anyone says, it totally counts as catfishing). Not saying your four-legged friend should third wheel on EVERY date, but 38 per cent of those surveyed said they’d find it “charming” if Fido came along.
50% would cancel a date if their pet was sick.
This one’s a no-brainer, right? I mean, any normal parent would cancel a date to look after their sick child. Same treatment is expected when it comes to your fur baby. The animal has no one else to rely on so even if you do get stood up, take comfort in the fact that you’re dating a highly compassionate, caring individual. 79 per cent of people actually think that the way someone treats their pet is a great indicator of the effort they’ll make in a relationship.
63% say owning a dog is most attractive.
In other words, ditch the pussy.
50% of those dog-owners would pick their pooch over you.
Freakin' duh! Doggos always trump humans. Always.
Fun fact: if you’re leaning towards a dog-lover, they may just share similar views on loyalty with their pet. Just a heads up…With almost half of cat owners saying they’d break up with someone if their cat wasn’t happy, it becomes clear that people really do place a lot of stock in what their pets think of their new partners.
According to this survey, ‘66 per cent of singles think that the way a pet responds to a new partner is an indication of how the relationship will go.’ Wow, better bring some catnip for the moody moggie if you want this to be a happy ending.
And just in case you’re one of those people that believe nothing without an “expert” to weigh in, this one’s for you:
EliteSingles psychologist Salama Marine says the preference for an animal lover centres on the belief that it’s “extremely hard for a selfish person to raise a pet properly.” Raising animals demands time, commitment and dedication. As such, pet owners are often perceived as kind, friendly and ready for long-term commitment.
Has your dog ever gotten you a date? We’d love to hear from you, so drop us a comment below.
Don’t dog it!
Adrianna Zappavinga is a 20-something year old journalism graduate who is never seen wandering the streets of Sydney sans coffee in hand. A self-confessed sugar addict, she is a lover of sweet treats, sweet words and even sweeter fashion finds. When she isn't hitting the gym or buried in a horror film of some sort, you'll definitely find her Instagramming. You can lurk her @adri_zapp.