July 12, 2016 – If you find the man in the above photo attractive, it is because he has two puppies, or so new research from a group of US universities using dating site Match.com members indicates.
The study which surveyed 1210 single people found that having a pets or pets ‘pawsitively’ influenced someone’s appeal to a prospective partner.
Adopting a pet increases sex appeal with 65% of female respondents saying they would find their date ‘more attractive’ compared to 50% of males surveyed. Close to half of all women surveyed, or 47%, said they would judge a date on how their pet(s) reacted to them compared to 29% of men. And 75% of female respondents and 58% of males surveyed said they would judge a date on how the date reacted to their pet(s).
It’s bad luck if you are not a pet person, as 73% of women said they wouldn’t date someone who didn’t like pets, compared to 53% of men.
Some of the more controversial questions the survey asked were: “Do you think a relationship could work with a cat person?” Some 47% of those surveyed said yes, with 24% saying no.This compared with the same question being asked in relation to dogs where 43% said yes and just 1% said no.
– 31% of respondents said they had been more attracted to a prospective partner because they had a pet;
– 12% of all those surveyed admitted using a pet to attract a potential date;
– 12% of female respondents said they had used their pet as an excuse to end a date early;
– Just under 10% would take a pet on a first date and if they did, the most popular date choices were a walking trail at 8%, a dog park at 7% and a pet-friendly restaurant at 2%;
– 62% of those surveyed said a date’s choice in pet revealed a lot about their personality.
‘The roles of Pet Dogs and Cats in Human Courtship and Dating’ by Peter B. Gray*†, Shelly L. Volsche* , Justin R. Garcia†‡ and Helen E. Fisher†§ * Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA † The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA ‡ Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA § Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.
Published in Anthrozoos, 28:4, 673-683: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2015.1064216