96% Of People Won’t Date Someone Who Doesn’t Like Dogs—And That’s Not All

Are you a dog person? Maybe that’s a dumb question—who doesn’t love dogs? According to new research, we’re all crazy for canines and many times we prefer them to our actual romantic partners. Here’s what the study from pet wellness brand Ollie discovered about our relationship with our pets.

  1. Dating someone who doesn’t like pets is a no-no. As the title said, an insane 96% of respondents said there’s no way in hell they’d date someone who wasn’t into dogs. In addition, 85% of people said it didn’t matter if their date liked dogs—if the dog didn’t like their date, it wasn’t happening.
  2. Dogs are pretty good matchmakers. According to the survey, 34% of people admitted to using their dog to meet people, and that’s not a bad idea. After all, what’s cuter than seeing a guy and his dog in the park having fun? People who love their pups can’t be bad people (or at least it seems much less likely).
  3. Pets pump up your dating profile too. A pretty solid 61% of people found it a turn-on whenever someone featured their pet with them in their dating app profile photos. That being said, this only works for dogs—a third of people said people with cats were less attractive. Ha!
  4. The love we have for our dogs has no bounds. It seems slightly strange if you think about it, but 42% of people in relationships admitted that they love their dog more than their partners. Ouch! That number goes down slightly among married couples, with 32% feeling the same way. Maybe it’s because, according to the survey participants, 75% found their dog to be more affectionate than their S.O.
  5. We don’t mind having sex with our dogs in the room. I mean, at least the people in the survey don’t—55% said they don’t care if their dog is in the room when they’re having sex, and 49% even let their dogs stay on the bed while they’re doing it. No matter how much you love your dog, there should be a limit, no?
  6. At the end of the day, it all comes down to loyalty. Our partners could betray us or hurt us at any point but we can’t say the same about our dogs. They’re unfailingly loyal and love us unconditionally. That must be why so many of us value our connection with our four-legged friends so deeply. It makes perfect sense.
Piper Ryan is a NYC-based writer and matchmaker who works to bring millennials who are sick of dating apps and the bar scene together in an organic and efficient way. To date, she's paired up more than 120 couples, many of whom have gone on to get married. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Cut, and many more.

In addition to runnnig her own business, Piper is passionate about charity work, advocating for vulnerable women and children in her local area and across the country. She is currently working on her first book, a non-fiction collection of stories focusing on female empowerment.