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Having A Dog Will Make Your Relationship Stronger And We Have Proof

Ciara Sheppard

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Having A Dog Will Make Your Relationship Stronger And We Have Proof

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We've said it before and we'll say it again: we do not deserve dogs.

Not only do the balls of fluff provide us with boundless amounts of love and improve our mental wellbeing, it turns out they're actually helping our relationships, too.

According to a new study, 60 per cent of couples who own a pooch say their relationship has become stronger since getting one, while half say they now spend more quality time together with their partner thanks to their canine friend.

It's official: dogs can do no wrong.

60 per cent of couples say they've been stronger since getting a dog. (Credit: Pexels)
60 per cent of couples say they've been stronger since getting a dog. (Credit: Pexels)

The research by Rover.com found that 88 per cent of couples agree getting a dog requires teamwork and 65 per cent agreed it sees trust.

Even more interestingly, 43 per cent of couples said they become more attracted to their partners after getting a dog.

Well there's nothing that gets the wheels of romance turning more that poo-a-scooping! We joke, we joke.

Who couldn't love this little guy? (Credit: Unsplash)
Who couldn't love this little guy? (Credit: Unsplash)

The findings also showed meeting someone who is a 'dog person' is important for Brits finding love, with over a third (36 per cent) admitting it would be a deal-breaker for them.

*Changes Tinder pic to one with dog.*

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For Brits, almost a third (33 per cent) decide to be with someone for six years before getting a pooch, while 28 per cent say getting a dog is one of the big signs of commitment in a relationship.

A lot of millennials viewed dog ownership and moving in together as near equal levels of commitment.

Hayley Quinn, dating expert for Match, said: "Getting a dog together is a huge commitment; co-parenting a pet requires teamwork, the ability to compromise and of course good communication skills.

43 per cent of couples said they become more attracted to their partners since getting a dog (Credit: Pexels)
43 per cent of couples said they become more attracted to their partners since getting a dog (Credit: Pexels)

"Whilst on the surface it may sound like hard work, owning a pet together can also improve the quality of your relationship.

"Seeing your partner demonstrate their emotional traits, such as care and compassion can be extremely attractive and as this study shows, increase sexual desire."

Of course getting a dog is for life, so think about it carefully before deciding to get one. But if you're ready, they could be the making of your relationship.

Topics: Life News, Sex and Relationships, Relationships, Life, Dogs

Ciara Sheppard
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