We’re a nation of dog lovers, but how much do dogs affect our dating choices?
In a bid to unearth and understand online daters’ favourite dogs, we created a series of dating profiles across Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge featuring images of the same man and woman with the most popular dog breeds in the UK.
We then analysed swipes across the board to establish the dogs that are most likely to guarantee you more swipes.
Let’s see the results!
Top ten dogs for male swipers
According to our research, male swipers are most likely to swipe right on profiles featuring Staffordshire bull terriers, with the image with the breed receiving a huge 121 swipes – now that’s puppy love!
At the other end of the spectrum, however, is the shih tzu. Although one of the most popular breeds in the UK, the shih tzu received 62 swipes from potential male partners, just under half the number of Staffies.
Running through the rest of the list, the most desirable dogs for male daters are as follows:
- Staffordshire bull terrier (121 swipes)
- Chihuahua (110 swipes)
- Mixed breed (104 swipes)
- Cockapoo (101 swipes)
- Jack Russell (90 swipes)
- German shepherd (84 swipes)
- Cocker spaniel (82 swipes)
- Labrador (70 swipes)
- French bulldog (65 swipes)
- Shih Tzu (62 swipes)
Interestingly, when focusing in on each of the three dating apps specifically, the number one pick, the Staffy, was extremely popular on Tinder, while the second-placed breed overall, the Chihuahua, was the most swiped on Hinge.
Despite falling in the middle of the pack, the German shepherd was met with love on Bumble, being the most swiped on this app.
Top ten dogs for female swipers
In complete contrast to men, female swipers were least inclined to like a picture featuring a Staffy – in fact it was the least-swiped dog breed with just 9 likes!
The most appreciated profile, however, featured the ever-popular Jack Russell, which attracted the higher number of swipes from women on the apps.
Our research found the overall most-swiped dogs by women were:
- Jack Russell (20 swipes)
- Cockapoo (19 swipes)
- Labrador (18 swipes)
- Mixed breed (17 swipes)
- German shepherd (15 swipes)
- French bulldog (13 swipes)
- Chihuahua (12 swipes)
- Shih tzu (11 swipes)
- Cocker spaniel (10 swipes)
- Staffordshire bull terrier (9 swipes)
The Jack Russell and Cockapoo profiles were the best received by female swipers on Tinder and Hinge while, again, the German shepherd was the most-swiped dog breed on Bumble. So, if you have a German shepherd and are looking for love, you might want to head onto Bumble!
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Using images from one male and one female, we created ten different dating profiles for each, with all ten featuring a different dog. Our male profiles were spread across the three dating apps, with three on Hinge, three on Bumble, and four on Tinder. Similarly, our female profiles were split with three on Hinge, three on Tinder, and four on Bumble. Because of liking restrictions, it was necessary to use the premium versions of these apps.
Setting our location to UK-wide and age range from 18-45, we left our profiles live on the apps for a week. We did not swipe or speak to any people on the apps, and all profiles were immediately deleted from the apps at the end of the experiment.
Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing,
please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.