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Study Finds that Most of Us Would Leave our Partner if Our Dog Didn’t Like Them

‘A whopping 54 percent of people would end their relationship if their dog seemed to disapprove’


In a new study conducted by Rover.com, it was found that more than half of us would break up with our significant others if our dogs didn’t like them.

Rover.com, the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, examined thousands of dog owners’ responses in a two-year period, from 2015 to 2017. They discovered that a whopping 54 percent of people would end their relationship if their dog seemed to disapprove.

Here are a few other interesting facts that the study found about dogs and people in relationships:

  • 25 percent of dog owners have brought their pup on a date before.
  • 65 percent of dog owners admit to taking more pictures of the dog than of their partner.
  • 47 percent of dog owners in relationships say that they would have a much harder time leaving their dog for a week rather than leaving their significant other.


Brandie Gonzales, pet lifestyle expert for Rover says:

“Young Americans are less likely to be homeowners or parents than previous generations, but one category they lead in, is pet ownership. They shower their dogs with attention and splurge on expensive gifts because their dog is their best friend, and they want to be their dog’s best friend too. Dog people are deeply concerned about their dog’s feelings and well-being. And we’re seeing that reflected in everything from how people name their dog to what they feed them, and the type of pet care they prefer.”

Danielle Adinolfi, a marriage and family therapist, says that it’s becoming more and more common to see relationships be broken up over one of the partner’s dogs.

Adinolfi says, “People rely on their dogs for judgments of character and whether or not they’ll be a good fit. The same way you would if you’re going into a relationship and you know for sure if you do or don’t want to have kids, this should be the same conversation.”


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