Not a dog lover? NEXT!
I love match.com and their Singles in America survey. Now that I am not single it is less depressing and more or less just interesting to find out what is making people tick. I have read some of their questions on pets and dating and was not surprised that if a guy posted a photo of himself with his pet in his dating profile, respondents were more likely to be interested. That doesn’t mean go out and get a dog for the purpose of finding a date, but if you could even just borrow a friend or relatives dog for a photo op, I’d say go for it.
Recently, new research has been done on the topic. I found a New York Times article talking about the study that actually found disliking pets is a major turn off. This research was commissioned by the on-demand dog walking service, Wag!, and OnePoll. According to the survey, 66 percent of women would not date someone who didn’t like pets. That doesn’t mean you need to run out and get a dog, especially if you aren’t ready for the responsibility, but it does mean you might have to at least pretend to love hers.
This number is less staggering, but they also say 27 percent of women find photos of pets in an online dating profile a turn-on. I feel like it is a smart move. If you have a pet, flaunt it. Because for one, it could make it appear that you are a good caretaker, which women secretly love, and also, if she hates animals, she will swipe left, saving you the awkward duty of dumping her because she is a heartless pet hater.
On the other hand, there seems to be a double standard when it comes to pets— at least when it comes to the little ones. 28 percent of men surveyed said they would be turned off if a women’s pet could fit in her handbag. Remember Paris Hilton and her Chihuahua Tinkerbell? I won’t talk smack about Tinkerbell because the pup died a few years ago. But, I would tend to agree. If you are literally walking around with your pet in a Louis Vuitton pet carrier as if it is some sort of accessory, I might have to pass, too.
Here is one of the more telling parts of the study. 70 percent of singles think their date’s reaction to their pet is important. I have a friend who actually claims his cat was a huge reason he decided to end it with a girl he was dating. This cat is a typically friendly cat, and seemed distressed and ornery whenever she was around. That would freak me out. Animals totally sense if you like them or not, even if the person you are dating is a little blind to it, so if you aren’t a cat or dog person, you run a huge risk of being “found out.”
Like, if I was not really an animal person and still out in the dating world, would I have had to pretend to like the other person’s pet or feign excitement over their dreams of us owning one together? Sounds exhausting!
Finally, guys, if you are deciding what pet to get in your quest to snag a lady, 72 percent of women surveyed said a dog is the optimal pet for guys. OK, they actually said it was the “hottest” pet for a guy to own, so there you have it. But please. Get a pet because you have the space and the means to give it a good home. Get a pet because you want one, and you are ready for one. Don’t get a pet because it will make you more desirable to the opposite sex.
But, if you have a pet, and you are single, unless it is a tiny dog that you dress in sweaters or carry in your handbag, make sure to post some pics!
By Molly Penny