It also found that almost half of Britons (46 percent) think loving animals makes a person more attractive, with women more likely to be attracted to animal lovers (49 percent) than men (40 percent).

The survey of more than 2,000 British adults also found that pet owners were perceived to have positive character traits. Around a third (32 percent) of Britons surveyed said they thought someone with a dog was more likely to be loyal, compassionate and kind.

It was not just romance that dogs can help out with. Almost half (46 percent) of people surveyed found that walking a dog was one of the easiest ways to making friends. It may explain why 29 percent of dog owners have met lifelong friends while walking their pets.

The survey, conducted by Direct Line, isn't the first to suggest that dogs can help humans make connections with each other.


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