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 18-33.
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 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, 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 “easy” and “dumb.” On the flip side, women are 10 times more likely to view a man who owns a pit bull to be “slimy” or “sketchy” than a man with a Siberian husky.
Singles who want to meet other dog-loving singles and test some of these theories may do so during B.A.R.K. Akron Dog Park’s 2nd Thursday Singles Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the park at 499 Memorial Parkway.
Pets are optional.
Other pets in the news.
• The Akron Zoo will host a special dad’s day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17. Fathers and grandfathers will be admitted to the zoo for half price.
Families can try their luck at corn hole or putt on the putting green at the zoo. Entertainment will be provided by Zobapago and there will be camping activities.
• Save Ohio Strays will host a putt-putt fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. June 24 at Rinky Dink Family Fun Center, 2390 Medina Road, Medina.
Cost is $10 per person and includes unlimited miniature golf on three courses and lunch. There will also be games and raffles for prizes.
Companies or individuals may also sponsor a hole at the event for $25.
Contact Theresa Beyler at 330-723-7433 for information about sponsorship, which will include a sign customized with a company name or logo. All proceeds benefit the rescue animals of Save Ohio Strays.
• Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will hold a Red, White and Zoo celebration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4 with special red, white and blue enrichment treats for animals.
Kathy Antoniotti writes about pets for the Akron Beacon Journal. She is unable to help locate, place or provide medical attention for an individual animal. If you have an idea or question about pets, write her at the Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640; call 330-996-3565; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.