Elvis is a dog, of course: a three-year-old collie crossbreed who resides at the Wood Green animal shelter in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.
This weekend, he and a group of his abandoned friends took part in an intense bout of computer dating at the Crufts 2016 dog show.
Millennials said they were particularly attracted to pet owners and more willing to evaluate dates by how their dogs and cats reacted to the person.
Millennials were also more likely to find pictures of pets posted on online dating profiles a turn-on. The roles of pet dogs and cats in human courtship and dating.
“SINGLE FEMALE CAT OWNER: Seeks male companion who likes cuddling, playing ball and doesn't mind hearing the occasional "meow" in the middle of the night.” It used to be that lonely-hearted, pet-owning singles would take out personal ads, hoping a potential match wouldn’t end up being allergic or averse to their cat.
Now there’s a way to cut to the chase: A variety of cat-themed dating Web sites and social networks have launched in the last few years on the premise that pet owners share a special something that they seek in a spouse -- or even in a good friend.
The subjects took a 21-question online survey about how pets entered into their dating lives.
Here are some of the highlights: During a panel discussion on cats as pets at the recent Better with Pets Summit, Purina scientist Sandra Lyn argued that the millennial generation has different relationships with their pets than baby boomers. As shown in this graph, men in their 20s and 30s were more likely to use their pets as "date-bait" than older singles. Domestic dogs as facilitators in social interaction: An evaluation of helping and courtship behaviors.
That’s all well and good says Sarah Etherington, who works at Wood Green, but harmonious relationships are based on more than instant attraction – it’s vital that owner and dog are a perfect match.(There were no gender differences for the other three questions.) Dog owners were more likely than cat owners to use pets as indicators of a date’s attributes: For example, more dog people than cat people said the responses of their pet to a date was important. Dog owners were also more likely to say that the way a date treated their own pet mattered and to believe that person’s pet revealed a lot about their personality. Nowadays, it seems every man and his dog is logging on in hopes of finding The One. Sensitive and affectionate, his favourite activities include long walks in the park and cosy nights in.Elvis is looking for both mental and physical stimulation, although he has a bad habit of licking people’s faces before they’ve been formally introduced.Cat-themed Social Networking Sites Joining a pet-centered Web site can help ease tensions on the dreaded first date."Nobody can tell whether or not you're going to have chemistry based on something like a common interest in pets, but if you have a dog or cat, it's a great way to break the ice," explains Michael Carter, president of Pet Passions.com, a pet-themed dating and social networking site.Gray and his colleagues also predicted that when it comes to signaling the qualities of a date as a potential parent, interactions with dogs would provide more salient cues than those with cats, because dogs are generally thought to require more care and attention.The researchers also investigated intergenerational differences in the roles pets play in dating.In a 2008 experiment, two French social psychologists had a handsome young Frenchman named Antoine approach 240 randomly selected women and ask them for their phone numbers so they could go on a date. When he was alone, only 10% of the women gave Antoine their phone numbers, compared to 30% when Gwendu accompanied him. These and other questions about the impact of companion animals on modern romance were asked—and answered—in an article that appeared in the journal .(See more here.) The catch was that half the time Antoine was alone and half the time he was accompanied by a cute little grey dog named Gwendu. But do pets really affect the dating strategies of today's singles in the real world? Are women more attracted to men who adopt a rescue dog? (Read the original article here.) The research team was led by University of Nevada-Las Vegas anthropologist Peter Gray.