Many dating sites cater to religious, cultural and political preferences, but won’t focus as heavily on interests like pets, music or travel, said Karen North, a professor of social media at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
“If you find somebody with the same lifestyle passion, you don’t have to start out at square one,” North said.
You will find that you occasionally find yourself to be strangely jealous of your date’s affections for their pet and wondering how you can get your head stroked before being handed a bowl full of meat.
My Pugs are part of the family, and any man who wants to get serious about me also needs to be serious about my dogs. Most online dating sites allow users to set up a profile and browse for free, which makes it easy to see what’s out there; a site specifically geared toward pet owners is a good way to search for potential partners who understand your commitment to your furry companions.
Unfortunately, many pet-centric dating sites share user content with other more general sites, so profiles are not always pet specific — which means you could still be matched up with someone who doesn’t feel the same way you do about your pets.
Muddy Matches isn’t specifically designed for dog-lovers, but we have more than our fair-share of dog devotees on the website and more than a few four-legged visitors have crossed the threshold of Muddy Matches HQ over the years (including MM's mascot Morven).
A survey by dog sitting website Dog found that 98% of dog owners say that their partner must get along with their dog and 40% even said that they would bring their dog along on a date with them!