We think it’s safe to say that 2020 was a challenging year for singletons. If it was tough to find a date out there, throw a pandemic into the mix and it’s near impossible.
Well now it seems our dogs could have more to do with our dating life – or lack of – than we thought.
Get the note pads out ladies because Canine Cottages have conducted a dating app experiment, putting profiles on popular dating apps to see which dog breeds help to score the most swipes
It’s good news for ladies with Staffordshire Bull Terriers as they were the most swiped dog breed on female profiles, while Jack Russells were the most desirable for male profiles.
Conducted by dog-friendly holiday specialist Canine Cottages, the experiment was carried out by using one female and one male participant’s picture. Images of the most popular dog breeds were then photoshopped on each picture.
The dating profiles then went live on Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble. Canine Cottages then analysed 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
- Mixed Breed
- Jack Russell
- German Shepherd
- Cocker Spaniel
- French Bulldog
- Shih Tzu
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)
See the full results here.
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! Do you agree?
It seems men and women have somewhat different ideas on which dogs are the most ‘swipeable’ to them.
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 is 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.
“In this campaign, we wanted to reveal exactly which dog breeds are the most ‘swiped’ on dating apps and see if there are any differences between the way men and women interpret different dog breeds. We staged dating profiles using the same pictures of each participant to make the experiment fair, and the results are really fascinating!
“It’s especially interesting to see that men were more drawn to a woman with a Staffy on their profile, while for a woman it was a Jack Russell.
“This is a fun campaign and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to uncover once and for all what dog breeds really make the nation tick!”