Which Dogs Are The Ultimate Wingpups?
Cockapoos the ultimate ‘Wingpup’ when online dating
It is no secret that the recent pandemic has changed the way we live and interact with one another – if it isn’t Zoom or Facetime it is Instagram, TikTok or Twitter. Users seem to be getting their fix of human interaction online more than ever, and when it comes to online dating there is no exception.
Recent reports suggest that 40% of 18-39 year olds expressed they are using dating apps more since COVID-19*. In fact, in March 2020 Tinder reported a record number of swipes in one day (3 billion), while another dating app, Bumble, reported a 70% increase in the number of video calls.
It is apparent that the world of dating is changing rapidly and, paired with the fact that the number of dog owners spiked dramatically during the UK’s national lockdowns – 2.1m young adults collected a new pet in lockdown** – we were interested to find out if and how dogs have changed the dating game.
We surveyed 2,076 users of various dating apps to investigate the effect of having a dog in your profile picture on the success levels of your dating profile, and to find out which breed makes for the ultimate ‘wingpup’.
The survey produced some very interesting results; Overall, having a dog in a profile picture will increase the chance of a match by 72% on average. Over half of respondents (54%) admitted to using their pets to try and boost their matches on dating apps, whilst over 4 out of 5 respondents (84%) agreed that they were more attracted to a dating profile that shared an image of the user and their dog.
When it comes to the most ‘wingpup’ worthy breeds, 10 stood out from the pack in particular:
- French Bulldog
- Miniature Dachshund
- Golden Retriever
- English Bulldog
- King Charles Spaniel
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Results reveal that a profile featuring a Cockapoo is five times more likely to receive a match than a profile with no dog at all, while French Bulldogs are three times more likely. Chihuahuas, on the other hand, are the breed that may result in the least amount of matches. Regardless of breed, 63% of respondents agreed that a potential match owning a rescue dog in particular would increase their chances of a possible date.
With the evidence clear that dogs really are the ultimate wingman when it comes to online dating, we wanted to look more into the reasons why this may be the case.
According to external data, aside from being a conversation starter, there are a variety of reasons that a dog can make you more of a catch. Some studies found that dog owners were perceived as more friendly, approachable and safer, while others suggest it may be down to a chemical reaction. The release of oxytocin when a person sees a cute animal can be transferred to their owner, making them seem more attractive than they would ordinarily be.
Furthermore, studies suggest that gender also comes into play when considering the effects that dogs can have on our attraction to others. Data from a recent survey reported that while dogs make men more attractive to women, the effect does not have the same influence when reversed***.
Heidi Maskelyne, founder of ProDog Raw, said,
“We all know that dogs are man’s best friend, but it is interesting to see the effect that our dogs can have on our love life – whether that effect be on our success or our attraction to others – and why this effect happens. Dog’s are a great conversation starter whether you are looking for a relationship or not, but the science behind how our attraction to someone can change based on our reaction to their pet is truly fascinating.
“Whatever the reason, owning a dog clearly has far more benefits than simply keeping you active and improving your mental health. Whether you find friends or find love, the study shows you’ll be more successful doing it with a dog by your side!”
***Peter B. Gray, Shelly L. Volsche, Justin R. Garcia & Helen E. Fisher (2015) The
Roles of Pet Dogs and Cats in Human Courtship and Dating, Anthrozoös, 28:4, 673-683
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