According to PetSmart Charities and Match.com four of the top 10 cities for pet lovers are right here in Colorado.

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DENVER - According to PetSmart Charities and Match.com four of the top 10 cities for pet lovers are right here in Colorado.

The two companies conducted a joint survey of where pet lovers live and the best places for them to meet and came up with this list.

  1. Fort Collins, CO
  2. Denver, CO
  3. Colorado Springs, CO
  4. Boulder, CO
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Charleston, SC
  7. Albuquerque, NM
  8. Boise, ID
  9. Reno, NV
  10. Madison, WI

"The survey results pinpoint when to introduce their pet to a potential date; how singles rely on their pet's judgment of a date; and, whether or not 'cat people' and 'dog people' can truly make a love connection," according to a press release.

The survey also highlights some interesting facts about the impact pet ownership has on dating, such as:

  1. 59 percent of singles agree that finding out your date had adopted rather than bought their pet would make them seem more attractive.
  2. 66 percent of men and women would not date someone who didn't like pets.
  3. 27 percent of women find photos of pets in an online dating profile a turn-on.
  4. Men are almost four times more likely to use their pet to attract a potential date than women (22 percent vs. 6 percent).
  5. 70 percent of singles think their dates' reaction to their pet is important.
  6. 35 percent of single women have been more attracted to someone because of their pet.
  7. 72 percent of single women say that a dog is the "hottest pet a guy could own."
  8. 28 percent of single men would be turned off if a woman's pet could fit in her handbag.
  9. Dog owners are less open to having a relationship with a cat owner. Only 66 percent of dog owners would date "cat people" vs. 97 percent of cat owners who would date "dog people."
  10. 46 percent of singles would bring their pet to a walking trail on a first date.

"Dating can be a dog-eat-dog world, so one way to get a leg-up on the competition is to adopt a dog – especially if you're a guy," says Whitney Casey, Match relationship expert wrote in a press release. "And like the movie, 66 percent of single pet-owners agree that their date Must Love Dogs (or cats) – whatever their pet may be, they're more likely to find a compatible match if they share the same animal attraction."

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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