Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and German shepherds are among the stranger-friendly dog breeds that are most likely to attract conversations, according to new research.
According to Rover.com, more than half of people (56%) say they are twice as likely to talk to someone they don’t know if they have a dog. Meanwhile, nearly four in 10 (37%) said they would only strike up a conversation with a stranger if they had a puppy.
Many pet owners know that dogs help build human-to-human friendships and social support, especially when out for a walk. Unsurprisingly, easy-going Golden Retrievers took the top spot, with most people likely to strike up a conversation with their owners. Other puppies on the list include people-loving cockapoos, dachshunds, and cocker spaniels known to be sweet, affectionate, and friendly.
More than 55% of people say they have made new friends through their furry companions, with 69% saying passers-by regularly stop to talk to them when they walk the dog.
“Dogs are naturally very social and by their very nature help bring people together. They are a great icebreaker in many social situations, making solo outings less lonely,” behaviorist Adem Fehmi said. Rover’s canine. “Our four-legged best friends also help us feel confident in both familiar and new surroundings when we’re around.”
Take a look at the full list below…
10 dog breeds most likely to attract conversations from strangers
- Golden retriever
- German shepherd
- french bulldog
- border collie
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