One of the main reasons people buy pets is for the love and companionship they provide, but new research has revealed that owning a dog could also improve your love life with humans too.
According to the Daily Mail, a recent survey of dog-owners has indicated that an astonishing 25 per cent claim to have met their spouse or partner when taking their pet out for a walk in the park.
One in three also said they have made new friends as a direct result of their pets, with the south coast being a particular hot-spot for animal-aided romance.
It may seem like something of a cliche, but it stand to reason that dogs who make friends with other dogs are likely to bring their owners together, and with a shared love of animals it's not too much of a stretch to think that dog-walkers could well have more in common than they think.
Brighton has emerged as the number one city in the UK for romantic walkies, with around 30 per cent of respondents saying they had met their partner that way.