Men With Dogs Are Seen As Sexier and More Trustworthy, New Study Confirms

As if you didn’t already know.

(Photo: Getty)

(Photo: Getty)

Countless studies and surveys have confirmed deep-rooted suspicions that dog lovers are awesome and happy, while cat people are sad and single. 

Seriously — a recent survey by Facebook revealed the truth of the matter and found that dog people are excited, proud, blessed, and fabulous, whereas cat people are sad and emotional, love anime, and have no chill. And I’m not making this up.

No chill whatsoever.

Moreover, another study also found that dog people are much sexier than cat people, probably because cat people are so problematic, as aforementioned. Also probably because cats are losers and they suck.

But guess what else? According to an amazing new survey, it was discovered that men who have dogs are seen as much, much hotter than men who don’t have dogs. So yeah, if you currently don’t have a dog, you should probably get one.

The study, which was conducted by Petsies, showed 1,000 participants pictures of people holding various dogs and cats, in order to find out whether or not different pets made people look more attractive. And let me tell you, the results are staggering. 

First and foremost, the survey found that men who were holding puppies were rated as nearly 24 percent sexier relative to every other man, as well as 14 percent more trustworthy, and 13 percent more attractive. I think this strongly suggests that puppies might be the secret to success in the dating world.

So sexy, so trustworthy.

However, let me clarify something: these stats are for men with puppies. Cute little baby puppies are what make you look sexy and trustworthy — but grown ass dogs are good for boosting your sexiness factor too, but not nearly as much as puppies. Let’s face it, puppies are simply magnificent. So small, so sweet, so soft.


The survey found that men who were holding small and medium-sized dogs were seen as 3.4 percent sexier by women, and men with large dogs were only 2 percent sexier. But get this – men with large dogs were perceived as 12 percent more trustworthy, compared to 8.5 percent with a small dog, and 6 percent with a medium dog.

So, if you’re hanging out with a massive Rottweiler or a Doberman or something, it’d only you look a tiny bit sexier, but a lot more trustworthy. On the other hand, if you’re hanging out with a sweet little puppy, you’ll look significantly sexier than you normally would, and you’ll seem like a super trustworthy dude. 

That said, you should totally get a big dog as a puppy, and reap the benefits of both scenarios.

I trust him so much.

And now, let’s address cat owners. Regarding female cat owners, the survey found that women who were pictured holding cats were seen as less sexy than those who had no pets, and they were also perceived as less intelligent than everyone else. Since we’ve already established that cats suck, this is not surprising.


Interestingly enough, women who had cats were also seen as scarier than everyone else, probably because of the “crazy cat lady” stereotype. And again, due to the sheer, brute, unquestionable fact that cats are dreadful creatures, this makes a lot of sense. No offense to anyone who likes cats.

And if you, as a dude, were to have a cat, women might perceive you as very, very mildly more attractive and sexy, at 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively. But nonetheless, dogs are better than cats, so your best bet is to leave the cats for all the cat ladies out there, and just get a dog.