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Study: “Pretty” Pups Picked First

Are dog lovers shallow? According to a recent study, “physical appearance” was the number one reason given by prospective dog owners when adopting puppies from a pet shelter.

Cats, on the other hand, seem to be able to delve a little deeper, because potential cat adopters listed “behavior with people” as their most important quality when looking for a new cat.

Accorting to an article in Yahoo!, the study was conducted last year from January to May by the ASPCA. They collected data from about 1,500 potential pet owners at five different shelters nationwide. The survey questioned adopters about what they looked for in a new pet.

Aside from physical appearance and behavior with people, many pet owners indicated that they were looking for some sort of sign from their future pet. This supports previous research which states that animals that come to the front of their cages are more likely to become adopted. The first interaction between a potential pet and owner is also very important.

Researchers hope to use the results from the study to aid in increasing future shelter adoptions and enhance the likelihood of pets getting adopted.

What made you pick your pet? Share your story!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

One Response to Study: “Pretty” Pups Picked First

  1. Heather says:

    Aw, that sweet pup!! I have to say, I tend to gravitate toward what most people would consider ‘homely’ dogs. I love Chinese Crested and Mexican Hairless dogs, and the sweet old pups with thinning hair and no teeth always grab at my heartstings. While my current dog isn’t outwardly unattractive by any stretch of the imagination, her insides are, and that is the reason I picked her. She was the only dog I fostered who had severe emotional and health issues, making her less ‘adoptable’ than the healthy, well-adjusted fosters I had before her. And when I realized she was a special case, I decided I had to keep her. It’s like I want to keep all the unfortunate cases so I can be assured they have a good home. :)

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