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Elena Barnard

Animal Friends Pet Insurance

Our latest data has found that man’s best friend comes before their partner for a fifth of Brits, who admitted they would rather cuddle up with their canine.

The research showed that almost a third of UK adults preferred the company of their pet while sitting on the sofa and one in eight chose to snuggle up to the animal over their spouse when going to sleep.

Women were closest to their pets with 35% admitting that they prefer to cosy up to their dog on the sofa compared to 32% choosing their partner instead. Whereas, more than half (54%) of men would rather cuddle their partner.

Our research also discovered that one in ten British spouses get jealous about the amount of time their other half spends with the dog – in London this figure rose to one in five!


We also asked what would happen to the dog if the couple separated. A quarter said they would try to persuade their partner to give them the dog and 6% said they would offer to pay for the pet.

One in five women said they would physically take the animal, compared to 7% of males saying the same.

Our questionnaire also asked what people would do if their partner didn’t like their pet and found that 41% said they would take no action and their spouse would just have to deal with it, whereas 13% said they would consider rehoming their pet.

We even found that 12% of Brits said they would leave their partner if they didn’t get on with their pet!

Men were more likely to rehome their pet rather than leaving their partner, with 1 in 6 agreeing with this, whereas the same number of women would leave their partner instead.

Earlier this year the Blue Cross found that four pets are taken in by the charity every week following relationship breakdowns so they launched their Pet Nup campaign. This campaign aims to encourage couples to draw up a written agreement detailing what happens to the animal if they break up.


The survey also revealed that a quarter of owners have accidentally called their partner the dog’s name!


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Hello, fellow animal lovers! I’m Elena, and I take care of social media for Animal Friends Insurance. I’m here to share the latest on animal welfare, our charity work and pet care. I foster and adopt rabbits and have a rescue dog called Luna.