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New Report Finds Many Dog Owners Spend Valentine's Day Cuddling Their Pups, Not Their Partners

According to, over half of dog owners would consider ending a relationship if their partner didn't like dogs

There’s a reason why it’s called puppy love.

Rover, an online resource for booking pet sitters and dog walkers, decided to dive deep into their database to see how deep puppy love goes.

The company recently released a report in honor of Valentine’s Day called “The Real Power of Dog Love.” For this report, asked over 1,400 U.S. dog owners who are dating or in a relationship about their bonds with their dogs and how they compare to their relationships with their partners.

As dog owners reading this might have predicted, the responses Rover received showed that the love a person has for their pooch is often equal to or deeper than the love they have for their partner.

Out of those polled, nearly half have planned a Valentine’s Day celebration for their dog, including buying them a new outfit or baking them a special dessert. Which doesn’t seem odd when you consider that one in three of the pet parents in this report regularly plan every weekend around spending time with their dog.

When it comes to what dog owners do for their pups against what they do for their partners, Rover found 47 percent of dog owners spend more time cuddling with their dog than their romantic interest. Out of the 67 percent of owners who said they regularly gaze lovingly into their canine’s eyes, one third of them gaze more often into their dog’s eyes than into their partner’s eyes.

Perhaps the most telling finding is that 53 percent of pet parents would consider ending a relationship if their partner didn’t like dogs or was severely allergic to dogs.

Turns out there’s a rom-com named Must Love Dogs for a reason!

To get all the results from Rover’s “The Real Power of Dog Love” report, visit


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