With Valentine's Day fast-approaching, you'd probably expect that most people would spend the evening snuggled up with their partner enjoying some quality time together.

However, if recent research is anything to go by, it seems that many couples will have a third family member cuddled up next to them this February 14th - in the shape of their pet pooch.

Indeed, a survey conducted by PetNet has revealed that more than half (55 per cent) of dogs are allowed to share the bed with their owner.

Jack Russell Terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were revealed as the breeds most likely to snooze on or in their master's bed, with 74 per cent and 70 per cent respectively allowed to snuggle up with their owner.

"We ran this Bark for your Breed survey to gain an insight into different breeds; the cost of food, ease of training and time spent walking, but we were intrigued by the sleeping arrangements we discovered," explained Steve Sodon, managing director of PetNet.

"The findings reinforce the valued position of our pets in our families with another survey among over 1,000 of our owners confirming 80 per cent are treated like one of the family and 43 per cent love pets more than people."

Even if you don't let your pup sleep on the bed, with so many dog owners valuing their pets as one of the family, you may have been considering treating your pet pooch this Valentine's Day.

However, although there's nothing wrong with spoiling our pooches a little from time to time, it's important that we don't over-indulge them with unhealthy tasty morsels.

So rather than feeding your pooch scraps of food meant for humans or laying on a fancy Valentine's doggy meal, stick to healthy dry dog food treats or take your furry friend for an extra long walk, for a gift that they'll truly appreciate.

Written by: Hannah