Over Half Of Dog Owners Kiss Their Pooches More Than Their Partners, Study Finds

by : Lucy Connolly on : 16 Jul 2019 08:50
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Listen, you don’t need to tell me about the perils of PDA and how some couples just can’t seem to take their hands off each other even for a second, regardless of where they are or who’s watching.


It doesn’t matter if you’re sat behind them in a plane, stood next to them in a queue, or God forbid trapped in a lift with them – wherever they are and whoever they’re with, they just can’t seem to resist.

As much as I hate it though, it is actually possible to go too far the other way and show little to no affection at all. Especially when people are kissing their dogs more than their own partners, which is what appears to be happening now. Who said romance was dead?

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Look, I think dogs are great. I love them, in fact. But the thought of kissing their slobbery mouths when you have no idea (scratch that, you have every idea) where they’ve been, is where I draw the line.


If you’re just giving them a peck on their head, or their ear, or what have you, then fair enough. But when it gets to the point you’re kissing your dog more than the love of your life, there might be a slight problem.

The research was carried out by Riley’s Organics, as per PEOPLE.com, who wanted to find out just how close dog owners were to their beloved pets by asking people across the US how much TLC they give their furry friends.

According to the results, 52 per cent of respondents admitted to kissing their dog more than their partner. Not only that, 52 per cent also said they prefer sleeping in bed with their dog rather than their partner.

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Sooo… not a great review from 52 per cent of people there, folks. I’m guessing those devoted pet owners are in the dog house as we speak.

Although these numbers might be surprising to some, they make more sense when you learn that 94 per cent of pet owners surveyed by Riley’s Organics said they consider their dog to be one of their best friends.

It’s not only kissing people do more of with their pets either; research carried out earlier this year found the majority of dog owners admit to taking more pictures of their dog than their significant other.

Which, when you think about how adorable pooches are, it’s easy to see why. I mean, why would we want to stare at a picture of a person when we’ve got the opportunity to show off our furry pals all day?

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Basically, the moral of the story is this: Dogs are, and always have been, superior to people in every way, shape, and form – so don’t even bother trying to compete.

It’s just not worth it.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Animals, Dogs, Life, love, Pets, Research, Science, Sex and Relationships


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    Survey Finds Over Half of Dog Owners Kiss Their Pooches More Than Their Partners

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