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Almost a third of those polled said they’d much rather smooch a pooch-owner, while a quarter said they’d more likely be feline the love with a cat keeper. And an incredible 12% said they would ditch a lover if they would not let a pet into their lives.
However smaller animals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs were more likely to be a turn off. The survey by Animal Friends found that reptiles and creepy crawlies are the least likely pets to make lovers linger longer, as 55% said they would not date someone with a tarantula and 51% would snub a snake.
According to Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) the pet population in the UK, from 2015-16, was 57 million – so there’s a fair chance of bumping into a budding beau.
The average British dog owner meets three new people a week while out for a walk and 8% of people have started dating as a result of a chance meeting of pets. The survey revealed that one in ten canny canine-owning men have used their dog as a wingman to snag potential partners, while a third of pet owners say that their cuddly companion has strengthened their current relationship.
A quarter of women said they would be more likely to date someone with a pet, versus 15% of men.
Despite all that, 10% of respondents said they would be less likely to date someone who owned a pet with the most common reason why being not wanting to deal with their smell or the mess. Almost half of those said the responsibility of owning a pet was too much to bear while the cost to keep them was a stumbling block for a further 29% of those quizzed.
Westley Pearson, Managing Director of Animal Friends said: “It seems like pets are part of the package when it comes to some relationships, with people willing to throw in the towel on a future fiancé just because they don’t want to own a pet. But even when relationships do go sour, know that your pet’s love is unconditional!”
Of those already in a relationship, the survey found that couples often linked up over the shared love of animals and 88% of people who identified as “a dog person” were in a relationship with another dog lover and over two thirds of cat lovers are suitably paired also.
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