Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but they do agree on "Pluto"—how much they love their dogs. Old Mother Hubbard, in honor of its newest line of bakery-inspired dog treats, Gourmet Goodies, conducted a Valentine's Day "Puppy Love" survey, and it's no contest—pooches reign supreme over human partners in this lighthearted look at who wins 'top dog' in true love.
Gourmet Goodies surveyed 741 dog-owning adults in relationships to determine whether 10 key characteristics vary between human and canine relationships: love at first sight, faithfulness, friendship, unwavering devotion, protection from danger, being eager to please, always happy to see me, easygoing, always makes me feel good and doesn't talk back or criticize.
- K-9s a perfect 10: Fifty-five percent of dog owners in a human relationship strongly agree or agree that all 10 characteristics described their relationship with their dog. Only 32 percent feel the same about their human partner.
- Instant attraction: Love at first sight strikes more often with dogs, with 78 percent saying they fell in love with their dogs at first glance, versus only 67 percent for human partners.
- Doggone devotion: When it comes to unconditional love and being faithful and devoted for life, furry friends are the best. Ninety-three percent of dog owners believe their pooch "loves them without question," as compared to their human partners at 85 percent. As for fidelity, dogs win paws down once again, as 91 percent voted in favor of the pups, versus 82 percent for their significant others.
- Fido's the biggest fan: Dogs rise to the top with their ability to unequivocally support their person. Eighty-four percent of dogs "Don't talk back or criticize" as compared to 47 percent of humans; they are "eager to please" (84 percent vs. 66 percent); and humans appreciate their "willingness to go anywhere" (86 percent vs. 73 percent).
- Throwing humans a bone: Alas, relationships haven't entirely gone to the dogs. Men and women agree, 94 percent and 90 percent respectively, that their human partner slightly edges out Fido in the best friend category…but only by a nose (eight percent and four percent, respectively).
Given the affection humans lavish on their canine companions, it's no surprise that 33 percent said they plan to buy their dogs Valentine's Day gifts. And when it comes to selecting a gift, pet parents find that the way to their dogs' hearts is through their tummies, with the majority of dog owners identifying a "special treat" as the Valentine's Day gift of choice for their beloved bowser.
"Dogs certainly are easy to please, but that's what makes pet parents want to go the extra mile to give them something special," said Chanda Leary-Coutu, marketing communications manager for Old Mother Hubbard. "With Gourmet Goodies, pet parents can let their dogs indulge in artisanal-quality treats that before could only be found in a pet boutique."
In celebration of Valentine's Day, from February 10 through 14, Old Mother Hubbard will be offering daily Gourmet Goodies giveaways on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OMHpetsnacks, as well as highlighting "Puppy Love" survey statistics.
More Survey Results
Who gives better smooches, your pooch or your mate? And what about public displays of affection? The Gourmet Goodies "Puppy Love" survey found:
- Maybe it's doggie breath?: Men are more affectionate to their human partners – 68 percent would rather smooch their mate than their pup, and 74 percent of men agree that their human partner gives better kisses than their four-legged friend.
- Women want kiss quality & quantity: Women, however, are more likely than men to believe their pooch gives the best smooch (24 percent versus 14 percent), which may lead to why women are twice as likely (26 percent versus 12 percent) to kiss their dog more often on a daily basis. But the majority of women (64 percent) do agree that their human partner gives "the best" kisses as compared to their four-legged "true loves."
- People vs. pup PDA: Men (58 percent) prefer to hug or kiss their human partner in public, whereas women are more equal opportunity about with whom they show their affection – 36 percent will kiss or hug their partner or their pup in public.