Will You Be Mine? AKC Survey Finds That The Family Dog Is The Most Popular Valentine

Will You Be Mine? AKC Survey Finds That The Family Dog Is The Most Popular Valentine


New York, NY – Results from a recent American Kennel Club (AKC®) survey reveal that when asked if they could have anyone as their Valentine, the majority of people (65%) would pick their dog!

There’s nothing better than coming home to your loving four-legged friend wagging his tail in excitement to see you, so it comes as no surprise that the number one canine quality respondents wished their human Valentines had is that they’re always happy to see them (40%).  Following not far behind is “willing to go anywhere with you” at 25%, “loves snuggling” at 15%, and “doesn’t talk back” at 12%.

“Some think it’s a myth, but puppy love really does exist!  When your dog looks at you with those big eyes and you think he just wants some treats, think again,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “Dogs locking eyes with their owners can genuinely be a look of love and not just a form of begging. Dogs can develop this behavior with human companions they are very close with.”

Additional survey findings include:

  • 63% of respondents will spend Valentine’s day with their dogs.

  • Nearly 67% of people have bought their dogs a gift for the holiday.  Among the most popular gifts were toys and treats.

  • 66% of respondents answered that they will be making Valentine’s Day special for their dog.

  • When asked what their dog would pick as the perfect way to spend the holiday together, 32% responded that their dog would choose to cuddle on the couch, followed closely by a stroll on the beach with 27%, and a trip to the dog park (16%).

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Explanatory Notes:

The survey was conducted during a one week period in February 2013. Self-selecting methods were used in recruitment for this study.  AKC does not guarantee that these statistics are scalable to the overall population.  This data is for anecdotal purposes only.