Nearly a quarter of dog owners have been asked out on a date while walking their pup, a study has found. And, if you own a Beagle like Meghan Markle, you’re the most likely to find love while out and about with your four-legged friend.
The Kennel Club says dog owners are luckier in love than their counterparts, with many married, in a relationship or positive about finding the one. And there are certain breeds that appear to be more attractive to potential suitors.
More than half of Beagle owners surveyed said they’d been approached while on walks. Springer Spaniel, German Shepherd and Golden Retriever owners were also more likely to be wooed, along with pet parents of the Queen’s favourite breed, the Corgi.
On the flip side, owners of Border Collies, Jack Russells and Chihuahuas were the least likely to be approached.
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15% of those asked out for a drink or a walk have found true love that way, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who now co-own Guy the Beagle. The royal couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, recently revealed they’d adopted another pup (thought to be a Labrador) but have kept the name under wraps.
The Kennel Club say the varying degree to which dog owners are approached when out and about on their dog walk could be related to preconceptions about the owners’ personality traits, according to the breed that they own.
The top words used to describe Beagle owners were “friendly, loyal and fun”, while Chihuahua owners are considered “hard to handle, kooky and fun”.
Corgi owners are also described as “loyal, reserved and friendly”, compared to “strong willed, hard to handle and friendly” for the owners of Jack Russells.
Just last month, the Kennel Club revealed ownership of large breeds is in decline in the UK as Brits adopt smaller dogs for cramped city living.