Picking the right dog is as difficult and confusing as dating

Mail Online | 6/26/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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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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