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2 in 5 Singaporean Gen Zs and millennials want to co-own pet with partner: Survey

1 in 5 singles prefer dating dog lovers, and 32% of millennials 'connect more' with cute dog picture on dating app

Laughing couple with dog (left) and closeup of young couple and cat
2 in 5 Gen Zs and millennials in Singapore have or would co-own a pet with their partner, according to a new Bumble survey (Photos: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — A new survey by dating app Bumble released on Tuesday (22 August) indicated that 2 in 5 Gen Zs and millennials in Singapore have already embarked upon or are open to the prospect of co-owning a pet with their partner.

The results of the latest survey was unveiled ahead of International Dog Day this Saturday.

Key statistics

  • 1 in 3 or 32 per cent of millennials felt they would connect more with someone if they have a cute dog picture on a dating app, compared to 20 per cent of Gen Zs

  • 1 in 5 singles prefer dating dog lovers

  • As of July this year, “dogs" is one of the Top 10 most popular interest badges among the Bumble community in Singapore

The survey highlighted that having a cute dog picture on a dating app profile can boost one's chances of forming connections. Among millennials, 32 per cent felt a stronger affinity towards potential matches with appealing dog photos, compared to 20 per cent of Gen Z respondents.

For every five singles, one expressed a preference for dating dog lovers, suggesting that shared affection for pets holds an allure in romantic relationships.

Among the ten most popular interest badges on Bumble in Singapore, the "dogs" badge stood out, reflecting the importance of pet ownership compatibility among users as of July 2023.

People are looking to connect with those who share their values and interests, and often this can extend to their pets as well.Lucille McCart, Bumble's communications director

The survey was conducted by market research company, Milieu Insight, with a sample size of 1,000 single Singaporeans aged 18-41. The online survey was carried out in Singapore from 23 to 30 June.

According to Lucille McCart, Bumble's communications director, the desire to connect with individuals who share similar values and interests, including a fondness for pets, is more prevalent than ever.

“People are looking to connect with those who share their values and interests, and often this can extend to their pets as well," she said.

Bumble suggests that having a pet or an interest in dogs can be advantageous for fostering romance, serving as a conversation starter, cultivating qualities associated with responsible pet ownership, and strengthening couple bonds.

Online dating profile tips for animal lovers

In helping you stay ahead in online dating, Bumble offers valuable advice for animal lovers seeking meaningful connections:

  1. Showcase pet ownership intentions by adding the "pets” or dog interest badges on your profile

  2. Use a new profile photo with a dog, and be honest about whether you want or own a dog

  3. Suggest dog-friendly date ideas such as going to the dog park, visiting pet-friendly cafes, or a nice morning or evening walk

When both people have a mutual love for animals, it forms a strong foundation for creating unforgettable memories.Andrea, media professional in Singapore

The survey findings align with the perspective of individuals like Andrea, a 27-year-old media professional in Singapore.

She believes that sharing a passion for animals can "bring about some wonderful benefits" in a relationship, reflecting kindness and warmth.

"It often shows a kind and warm side. When both people have a mutual love for animals, it forms a strong foundation for creating unforgettable memories," she said.

As caring for a pet requires commitment, she said that sharing a picture of a dog can indicate that a person is "nurturing and dependable".

While enthusiasm in animals is an excellent quality, Andrea emphasised that compatibility depends on factors such as communication style, principles, and goals.

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