Pet Owners Not in High Demand as Dating Partners

by Kathy Jones on  December 11, 2011 at 12:29 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
A new study says that owning a pet is a big turn off for most of the people, especially if it is a snake, rat, ferret or spider, and could hamper the love life of singletons.
 Pet Owners Not in High Demand as Dating Partners
Pet Owners Not in High Demand as Dating Partners

But the YouGov poll has revealed that hamsters or guinea pigs will do the least harm to a man or woman's romantic prospects - if they really wish to have a pet.

Only 10 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men would run a mile if they knew their potential love interest owned a hamster, the Daily Mail reported.

The poll took into consideration 513 people on their dating preferences for, a listings and dating website.

They found that the dating advantage of owning a hamster or guinea-pig compared to, for example, cats or dogs, is considerable - especially so for women.

Nearly three times as many men (28 per cent) would 'feel less inclined to date' someone who they learnt was a dog-owner as the number (10 per cent) who would feel the same about a hamster or guinea-pig-owner.

More than half of single women (53 per cent) would feel less inclined towards dating someone who they learnt had an eight-legged friend.

Almost as many women would cool at the idea of dating someone who owned a snake (46 per cent), a rat (44 per cent) or even a ferret (34 per cent).

"Single folks who want to own a pet, but deter the fewest potential dates, should opt for a hamster or guinea-pig," said Jim Buckmaster, CEO of craigslist.

Of course, to stand the best chance of finding a partner it might be worth ditching pets altogether.

Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of those questioned said animals would determine their decision to whether or not to date someone.

Source: ANI

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