Marriage with bite: Dog lovers are most likely to be faithful!


Marriage is made to last when it has its ruff stages, as research released today showed that those who own pedigree dogs are least likely to stray.

New research conducted by, the UK’s top married dating site with 1 million members, showed that of the 1,000 people in the UK surveyed, all of whom are having affairs, only 18.4% of them are dog owners. 816 of the 1,000 surveyed did not own dogs, did not have pets or else owned other animals, such as cats, hamsters, goldfish, snakes, guinea pigs, rabbits or budgies.

“There are many different reasons people have affairs,” Claire Page, spokesperson for Illicit Encounters said, “Some people do it for companionship. Others do it because their partner travels often and they feel lonely, or because they think their partner is also having an affair so they feel it’s only fair. People want to feel adored, loved, important, valued, treasured, listened to, thrilled, or in control. An affair is not as black and white as some people think. That’s a prejudice and naïve way to look at it. What’s very interesting is the statistic from our latest survey – the fact that dog owners are the smallest group of people to stray says a lot. It reflects the temper of a dog – loyalty, protectiveness, friendship and affection are all things we associate with canines and people who are faithful.

“That’s not to say that every person who owns a dog won’t have an affair. One of our members is a multimillionaire man who breeds greyhounds. Another one of our clients is a top designer who is having affairs with three different men and owns two Pomeranians.”

Of the 184 dog owners surveyed, the top five breeds were-

  • 1)Doberman
  • 2)Mutt/ mixed breed
  • 3)Shih Tzu
  • 4)Bull terrier
  • 5)French Bulldog

The UK’s Leading married dating website is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With over 970,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Claire Page:


Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire