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Friday, April 18, 2014

Dating 101: The pet factor

By Kathy Antoniotti
Akron Beacon Journal

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 lots of preconceived notions about what their favorite 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 nonowners 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.

For complete findings, visit Klooff at www.klooff.com and check out the “What’s Hot” section.

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 said.

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 said confidently.

Sorry girls, 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, of Akron, Ohio, 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 said.

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,” said Schlagel, who manages a salon.

Wyatt said she thinks German shepherds also make men appear more masculine.

Her comment falls in line with the Klooff survey results that showed that while men say they are likely to date a woman who owns a Chihuahua, they often enter into the relationship thinking the woman is “dumb.” On the flip side, women are 10 times more likely to view a man who owns a pit bull to be more “sketchy” than a man with a Siberian husky.

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