You’re finally ready to get back onto the dating circuit?  Well, good for you! You don’t have to go it alone with man’s best friend by your side. If you don’t already know what I’m talking about, then it’s time for you to get a dog

Dogs are Powerful Girl Magnets 

Dogs rank second only to babies when it comes to attracting positive female attention. Just sit by a dog park some Saturday afternoon. Yorkies get almost non-stop smiles and conversation and no doubt some major flirting. But seriously, can a woman really stand by her man when he’s carrying a Dior Doggie Tote? Believe it or not, the answer just might be ‘Yes! ”

Even Cave Men Knew to Get A Dog 

The complex relationships between humans and canines seems to have begun in ice age Europe. Recent archeological evidence puts us and wolves, huddled in caves and hunting wooly mammoths perhaps as far back as 30,000 years ago. From those earliest beginnings, we learned – out of necessity or ingenuity- to breed animals that served a purpose: early Irish warriors and later hunters gained valued protection from wolf hounds; sheep dogs made a shepherd’s job easier and sled dogs literally stood between life and death in the frozen northlands. Side by side, over a long expanse of time, these different groups of humans and dogs have evolved together in an interdependent existence.

Today the relationship between Homo sapiens and Canis familiaris has changed somewhat. While still employed in utilitarian roles around the world, far and away the majority of modern canines serve as human companions. Where once upon a time their ancestors gnawed on bones thrown beneath the trestle table, it is not rare in this day and age to find a pampered pooch eating better than many humans. In place of the hunt, some sport diamonds collars and wear haute couture. The dependence has changed because the Homo sapiens species has – not the other way around. A dog is still a dog. Whether you get a dog from the pound, or a special breeder, you’ll have a loyal companion. 

Your Dog Says A Lot About You 

We’ve all seen the funny photos showing how dogs and their humans can begin to look alike, but what you may not know is that recent research now seems to be saying this connection could very well be more than just skin deep. In 2012, researchers Jo Fearon and Dr. Lance Workman of Bath Spa University in the Uk, reported the findings of a study they conducted in collaboration with the British Kennel Club. Over 1,000 registered purebred dog owners took part in an online survey which asked them to answer questions assessing personality traits such as their emotional stability, how agreeable or pleasant they thought they were and how they’d rate their outgoingness. They were also asked to provide information on the type of dog they owned. The resulting breeds were then split into seven basic groups and owner’s answers slotted accordingly.

What they found was that our own subconscious might be the casting director when it comes time to get a dog, and deciding what kind of dog we choose. Theories are that living and working together in such close proximity across all those eons brought about a development of social communicative skills between our two species. In other words, you are who you pet.

Of his findings, Dr. Workman said: “We might be able to make predictions about someone’s personality based on the breed of dog that they choose to own. It seems that likely that personality types are subconsciously drawn to certain breeds.”

Let Fido Lead You to Love 

Dog breed classifications differ between the British and the American Kennel Clubs but a little research on our end helped to clarify his research a bit. For instance, remember that cute little Yorkie I mentioned earlier? Long thought to be the airhead’s pet of choice, Workman’s discovery was that owners of Toy-type dogs (and Sport breeds, such as the Golden Retriever) tended to be more conscientious and agreeable, with Toy owners additionally open to new experiences. Beagle and  other Hound owners led the pack in emotional stability while outgoing, extroverted individuals are drawn to four-legged friends in the Herding group like collies and shepherds.

Having revealed what science aka British academia says about the subject, it only seems fair to offer you a view from this side of the pond: What does the The Dog Whisperer say? Either way, the new big secret to success a’la amour could be what kind of dog you love. Pucker up and whistle, fellas.