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The ways of the heart are often a mystery, with many spurned lovers struggling to understand why they fell in love with a particular ex.
Scientists have now found the unpredictability as to who the heart wants is not restricted to human-human interactions, but also includes dogs.
Study - Animals - Shelter - People - Heart
A study of how animals in a shelter were adopted found people often have their heart set on a certain type of dog before they arrive, and change their mind when confronted with a particular puppy.
They found some factors are more important than others, with age and playfulness highly sought after traits and colour and purebred status less influential.
Appearance - Attractiveness - Factor - Pets - Spouses
Physical appearance and attractiveness is also a key determining factor when choosing both pets and spouses, it revealed.
'As multiple psychologists have shown in speed-dating experiments, physical attractiveness is very important,' said Samantha Cohen, a PhD student at Indiana University.
People - Handsome - Dog
'Most people think they've got a handsome or good-looking dog.'
The researchers sorted dogs based upon 13 traits: age, sex, colour, size, purebred status, previous training, nervousness, protectiveness, intelligence, excitability, energy level, playfulness and friendliness.
They then also assessed the...
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