One in five people say they prefer to have a pet dog than to have a romantic relationship
One in five people say they prefer to have a DOG as a pet in a romantic relationship because "they don't let you down like humans"
- Half said they were so attached to their pet because "dogs don't let you down"
- About a quarter say that a dog makes them less worried about being single
- A survey conducted by the Kennel Club found that almost one in five would rather have a dog than have a relationship
As Valentine's Day approaches, many people with dogs will not mind if they receive a card.
A survey conducted by the Kennel Club found that almost one in five would rather have a dog than have a relationship.
Almost half said they were so attached to their pet because "dogs don't disappoint you" in the same way that other people could.
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A survey conducted by the Kennel Club found that almost one in five would rather have a dog than have a relationship. Almost half said they were so attached to their pet because & # 39; dogs don't let you down & # 39; in the same way that other people could
Although a dog may not buy you roses or take you to dinner, it seems an unconditional love and a wagging tail can make being single a less lonely perspective.
The investigation, which asked 2,612 dog owners for their thoughts on romance, found that less than a quarter agreed that having a dog would make them feel less worried about not being in love.
The findings may not be surprising, since celebrities have used dogs for a long time as their most.
Hollywood legend Glenn Close took his dog Havanese Pip to the Oscars last year, describing his pet as "the best date a girl can have."
Comedian Miranda Hart and racing driver Lewis Hamilton have gone on vacation with their dogs, and actor Ryan Gosling has taken his mestizo George, whom he describes as & # 39; the great love of my life & # 39 ;, to chat programs to get moral support.
Jennifer Aniston has given her dogs and friends credit for making her happy, stating: “ I had more fun after 40 years than I can remember, from a work, physical, psychotherapeutic point of view. & # 39;
Bill Lambert, a Kennel Club spokesman, said: "There certainly seems to be a growing number of dog lovers who would rather share their lives with a four-legged friend rather than a human companion."
More than a fifth of respondents said they had been invited to a date or had found love while they were with their dog, with beagles, springer spaniels and German shepherds who seemed to be the best at attracting a possible partner.
& # 39; This could be due to the numerous benefits of dog ownership, from the psychological to the physical.
& # 39; Dogs help their owners relax, either with a daily walk outdoors or with a hug on a sofa. They can also be great listeners, help their owners fight stress and can help improve the health and fitness of their two-legged counterparts & # 39; & # 39 ;.
However, for those dog owners who are still looking for love, research suggests that your pet could help.
More than a fifth of respondents said they had been invited to a date or that they had found love while they were with their dog, with beagles, springer spaniels and German shepherds who seemed better at attracting a possible partner.
People who owned golden retrievers and corgis were also very likely to say that their pet could have helped them romantically.
Lambert said: "This is not surprising when you consider dogs to be a great icebreaker, when strangers would otherwise not look at each other twice, and that we tend to have very positive associations about people who love dogs."
Among those who responded to the survey, 21 percent said they were more likely to date someone who also had a dog.
However, the Kennel Club advises people to take their time to choose the right breed, as the 222 dog breeds will be exhibited at Crufts next month.
How were dogs domesticated?
A genetic analysis of the remains of the world's oldest known dogs revealed that the dogs were domesticated in a single event by humans living in Eurasia, some 20,000 to 40,000 years ago.
Dr. Krishna Veeramah, assistant professor of evolution at Stony Brook University, told MailOnline: & # 39; The process of domestication of dogs would have been a very complex process, involving several generations where the distinctive features of the dog gradually evolved .
& # 39; The current hypothesis is that the domestication of dogs probably arose passively, with a population of wolves somewhere in the world that lives outside the hunter-gatherer camps that feed on human-created waste .
& # 39; Those wolves that were more domesticated and less aggressive would have had more success in this, and although humans initially did not get any benefit from this process, they would eventually have developed some kind of [mutually beneficial] symbiotic relationship with these animals, eventually evolving towards the dogs we see today & # 39 ;.