Caring for a dog can beattractive in a potential partner. Researchers recruited 1,210 single pet owners through the online dating service Match.com. In the pool of participants, 60% were women and 40% were men; 72% were dog owners and 42% cat owners.
35% percent of women and 26% of men said they had been more attracted to someone because they owned a pet.
Cat owners may feel ‘ruffly’ treated by the results with dogs serving more commonly as social barometers in the dating arena than cats did, with dogs winning 500 of the 600 votes for the sexiest pet a guy could own.