Talk about puppy love!
A new study has found men who pose with dogs in their dating app photos are more likely to be looking for a long-term relationship.
The research — which will surely please women who’ve had a ruff time dating — was conducted by professor Maryanne Fisher, an evolutionary psychologist from Saint Mary’s University, Canada. Her findings have been published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.
Fisher analyzed 750 dating profiles from both men and women, asking the respondents if they were looking for long-term relationships or short-term flings.
For men who were searching for something serious, an average of 8 in 10 had a dating app photo featuring a dog. In comparison, only 5 out of every 10 men looking for a fling were seen posing with a pup.
Instead, those men were far more likely to display “their chests, their motorcycles, their boats and the big fish they caught on the weekend,” Fisher told the Times of London.
Fisher believes the puppy pics subconsciously signal to single women that a man is trustworthy and responsible.
“Keeping a dog alive is a huge investment. It is an investment financially, but also you have to walk it and care for it and keep something alive,” she tells The Times.
“By showing these pictures perhaps they’re thinking, ‘OK women, you’ll see these and infer that I’m willing to do the same things in our relationship.’”
However, the psychologist says she simply cannot determine whether men include the canine snaps because they “unconsciously know that dogs are the best way to entice women.”
But, single men sometimes use dogs in dating photos to make their profiles more enticing — a practice The Post has previously dubbed as “dogfishing.”
“Some people talk about ‘falling in love’; in my field we talk about ‘mating strategies,’” Fisher explained.
In many cases, men borrow puppies that aren’t their own for the photograph — deceiving their dates into believing they’re dog dads.
One man admitted to The Times that he pinched a puppy from a pal purely to take a photo for an app.
“I added one into my profile because . . . it’s just the done thing to have a picture with a dog. Everyone knows that people want to swipe on it, and you’ve got to stay ahead of the game,” the man confessed.
Indeed, surveys have shown women are more likely to swipe on a man’s profile if he has a photo with a four-legged friend.
63% of respondents to a 2002 survey for a pet food brand “I and love and you” said having a cute pooch on their profile helped them get a match online.
Meanwhile, over a third (39 percent) of respondents said they swiped right because they wanted to meet the dog in someone’s profile more than they wanted to meet the person.