Pint-sized pooches are proving to be top dogs with men looking for love

IT IS a tactic that has long been used on dating apps, but now scientists have found that a cute little dog can really help men win women’s affection.

When a man walks a small dog, he appears less intimidating than when he’s alone, one study found, and women feel more secure, calm, and in control.

Scientists from the University of Jaen in southern Spain recruited 300 women and showed them various photos of men and women either alone or with a small or medium-sized dog.

While large dogs have previously been shown to promote feelings of anxiety in humans, the researchers wanted to see if there was a difference between small and medium-sized canines and if their lack of bulk helped calm people down.

The team recruited a male and female actress, as well as a wire-haired dachshund and a Portuguese Podengo mix as small and medium-sized dogs, respectively. These breeds were chosen because they were relatively uncommon and there is little to no prejudice or prejudice against them.

It was just the one person with or without a dog in any picture, with the animal on a leash and the human’s pixelated face.

“The dogs were adult dogs, that is, dogs that did not exhibit any traits directly related to puppyhood,” the researchers write in their study, which was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior.

The women were asked to imagine that they were alone and that the person in the photo, with or without a dog, was walking towards them.

For each image, they rated how they felt about the situation and the responses indicated that they were more comfortable with a dog, and this association was stronger in smaller than medium-sized dogs.


Dwayne Johnson has a French bulldog

“When actors were accompanied by medium-sized or small dogs, they elicited more positive responses than when they were alone,” the researchers say.

“Specifically, participants felt more positive (i.e., more valence), more controlled (i.e., more dominance), calmer (i.e., less arousal), and more secure when observing urban public scenes with a dog.

“Our results are significant as they show that the presence of dogs (regardless of dog size) affects emotional responsiveness and feelings of safety,” they add.

The male actor was 39 years old, 163cm tall and weighed around 65kg, but the results probably apply to all men, tall or short.

That’s good news for big men who love little dogs, and will make the most intimidating gentleman seem more approachable, even the hulking characters of Hafthor Bjornsson, “The Mountain.” game of Thrones and action hero and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Mr Bjornsson is known to be doting on his tiny Pomeranian, while Mr Johnson has a French bulldog

The study also looked at whether the environment in which the human and dog were imaged affected perception and how much influence the dog had. For example, how would a woman feel seeing a man and his dog in an “aversive” environment like city streets versus a more positive environment like a leafy suburb?

They found that a dog’s advantage was greater when the environment was perceived as more intimidating.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022] Pint-sized pooches are proving to be top dogs with men looking for love

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