Valentine’s Day is getting closer, but for a single person, the day can often feel like a burden – especially with lockdown.

Dating can be difficult at best, but these unprecedented times have made it increasingly difficult to find the one.

So if there is any way to improve your chances of hitting your match before February 14th, a new experiment has now shown the dog breeds to appear on your dating profile picture.

The experiment was conducted by dog-friendly vacation specialist Canine Cottages and used images of female and male participants with images of 10 different dog breeds in each profile.

Canine Cottages posted these profiles live on dating sites like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble, and analyzed the number of likes and swipes each profile received to determine which pooches make the nation’s hearts beat faster.

Here are the results…

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was the No. 1 stolen dog for women

Among the females, the ten breeds most frequently stolen were:

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier (121 strokes)
  2. Chihuahua (110 strokes)
  3. Mixed breed (104 strokes)
  4. Cockapoo (101 swipes)
  5. Jack Russell (90 claws)
  6. German Shepherd Dog (84 claws)
  7. Cocker Spaniel (82 strokes)
  8. Labrador (70 strokes)
  9. French Bulldog (65 claws)
  10. Shih Tzu (62 strokes)

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or Staffy as it is most commonly called, was the most stolen dog breed on female profiles, garnering 121 likes from potential pooch-loving partners.

On the other end, a French Bulldog and Shih Tzu were the breeds with the lowest number of punches by men, but with 65 and 62 punches, there are definitely still plenty of French Bulldog and Shih Tzu lovers out there.

Jack Russell has reached first place on the men’s list

For male profiles, the ten most stolen dog breeds that women stole the most for were:

  1. Jack Russell (20 strokes)
  2. Cockapoo (19 claws)
  3. Labrador (18 strokes)
  4. Mixed breed (17 strokes)
  5. German Shepherd (15 claws)
  6. French Bulldog (13 claws)
  7. Chihuahua (12 strokes)
  8. Shih Tzu (11 strokes)
  9. Cocker Spaniel (10 strokes)
  10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier (9 strokes)

Interestingly, while a Staffy was the most stolen dog breed in the female profile, it was the least stolen dog breed in the male profile, with only nine women wiping the Staffy directly on the male profile.

It seems that men and women have slightly different ideas about which dogs are most “wipeable” for them.

The experiment suggests that women are attracted to men with more conventional, widespread breeds such as cockapoos and labradors, while men prefer staffys, chihuahuas, and mixed races – breeds that are traditionally less popular – but are still very popular.

French bulldogs were on the list for men

Shannon Keary, Campaign Manager at Canine Cottages, said, “We really are a nation of dog lovers, and a lot of people are more attracted to people with dogs because they are generally viewed as more loving and affectionate.

“Before Valentine’s Day, we wanted to find out exactly which breeds of dogs are being stolen the most from dating apps and see if there are any differences between the way men and women interpret different breeds of dogs.

“We staged dating profiles with the same pictures of each participant to make the experiment fair, and the results are really fascinating. It’s especially interesting to see that men were more attracted to a woman with a staffy on their profile, while it was for a woman it was a Jack Russell.

“This is a fun campaign and we’re excited to find out, once and for all, which dogs are really melting the hearts of the nation.”