I’ve seen it many times before, a guy with a cute puppy gets all the girls… it’s a classic dating technique, but how much pull does your pup really have? Conducted by a dog-friendly holiday specialist from Canine Cottages, this experiment was carried out by using one female and one male participant’s picture.
Images of the most popular dog breeds were then featured in each picture. Setting these profiles live on Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble, Canine Cottages then analyzed the number of likes and swipes each profile gained from the experiment to determine which pooches get the nation’s hearts pounding the most.
For the female profile, the ten most swiped dog breeds that got men’s hearts racing the most were:
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier (121 swipes)
- Chihuahua (110 swipes)
- Mixed Breed (104 swipes)
- Cockapoo (101 swipes)
- Jack Russell (90 swipes)
- German Shepherd (84 swipes)
- Cocker Spaniel (82 swipes)
- Labrador (70 swipes)
- French Bulldog (65 swipes)
- Shih Tzu (62 swipes)
The Staffordshire bull terrier, or Staffy as it’s most commonly known, was the most swiped dog breed on the female profiles, amassing 121 likes from potential pooch-loving partners. At the other end, a French Bulldog (65 swipes) and Shih Tzu (62 swipes) were the breeds with the least number of swipes from men, but at 65 and 62 swipes, there’s definitely still a lot of French bulldog and Shih Tzu lovers out there!
And for the male profile, the ten most swiped dog breeds that women swiped on the most were:
- Jack Russell (20 swipes)
- Cockapoo (19 swipes)
- Labrador (18 swipes)
- Mixed breed (17 swipes)
- German Shepherd (15 swipes)
- French Bulldog (13 swipes)
- Chihuahua (12 swipes)
- Shih Tzu (11 swipes)
- Cocker Spaniel (10 swipes)
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier (9 swipes)
Interestingly, while a Staffy was the most swiped dog breed on the female profile, it’s the least swiped dog breed on the male profile, with just 9 women swiping right on the male profile with the Staffy – 172% fewer swipes than on the female profile! It seems men and women have somewhat different ideas on which dogs are the most ‘swipeable’ to them.
The experiment suggests that women are more drawn to men with more conventional, widely popular breeds such as Cockapoos and Labradors, while men prefer Staffys, Chihuahuas, and mixed breeds – breeds that are conventionally less popular – but still hugely adored!
So, why do so many people use dogs on their dating profiles? James Preece, celebrity dating coach & relationship expert, says: “Adding a photo of a dog can be a great idea if you want to be successful at dating. It provides an instant, fun icebreaker and makes it easy for someone to start a conversation. Rather than try and think up something to say, all they need to do it ask a question about the dog.
“It also shows they are active and kind. If the dog loves them then other people will do too. For those looking for someone to start a family, it’s also a fantastic way of showing that you are a caregiver and able to look after something other than yourself.” Commenting on the research, Shannon Keary, Campaigns Manager at Canine Cottages says: “We are truly a nation of dog lovers, and many people are more drawn to people with pet dogs as they are generally seen as more affectionate and loving.
Pretty interesting findings! To find out more about the experiment click here.