Whether warranted or not, deep down, people who love animals instinctively believe they can trust a fellow animal lover.
Taking that premise a little further, both women and men have some preconceived notions about what their favourite breed of dog says about them to the opposite sex.
Would you use your Dalmatian to get a date with a like-minded person?
Do people use their dogs as date bait?
A recent survey about what breeds are attractive to the opposite sex done by Klooff, a mobile application for pet lovers, revealed that if attracting a date is your goal, you can't go wrong with retrievers, popular breeds for both sexes.
The survey results are based on responses from 1,000 pet owners and non-owners between the ages of 18 and 33.
According to the survey, the top dog breed to attract men is golden retrievers, followed by Labrador retrievers, chihuahuas, poodles and beagles.
For women, the top breed of dog to attract them to men is German shepherds, followed by golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, huskies and French bulldogs.
Jordan Buntain, 25, of Tallmadge, Ohio, said he would never be attracted to a girl who would allow a large dog to drag her down a trail. It says too much about her personality.
"I would be more attracted to girls with small dogs," he says.
Buntain said he thinks his parents' Labradoodle (Labrador/poodle mix) definitely would attract chicks because it is soooo cute.
"If I was walking my dog, it would attract girls," he says confidently.
Naturally, Buntain is currently in a relationship with -- you guessed it -- a woman who owns a long-haired dachshund named Pete.
Buntain's girlfriend, Katie Wyatt, 22, says the dog definitely makes the man.
Dogs say something about you -- that you are charitable, that you are responsible. Guys like that are nice to be around, she says.
Wyatt's roommate, Morgan Schlagel, 25, who owns a toy poodle named Bella, has the right dog to attract men, according to the survey. She said she goes for men with huge dogs, such as mastiffs or great Danes.
It shows masculinity and there is something sexy about it, says Schlagel, who manages a salon.
Wyatt says she thinks German shepherds also make men appear more masculine.
-- Akron Beacon Journal
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