One in Five Would Choose Their Pet Before Their Spouse for Valentine’s Day

A survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found that at least 21-percent of adults would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their pets. The French were least likely to pick a pet with only 10-percent choosing that option. While the Turkish were most likely, at 49-percent, to choose their pet over their spouse.

“Likely defying stereotype, the desire to spurn a partner for a pet is not rooted in gender but rather age and even there it seems the older you are, the least likely it is you’d choose pet over partner,” said John Wright, senior vice-president of Ipsos.

Yes, men and women were evenly split over the question.

According to the joint poll by Reuters/Ipsos, 25-percent of those under 35 opted for their pet while only 18-percent of those between 35 and 54 did. And after the age of 54 the number dropped to 14-percent.

Income is as much of a factor as age is. Those choosing pets over people were more likely to be those who have a lower income (24-percent) compared to those who were middle or higher income earners (20-percent).

“While there are country differences, it’s more of a personal choice made by younger and less affluent individuals.”

India took second place at 41-percent, then Japan with 30-percent and China with a close 29-percent. The U.S. came in fifth with 27-percent. Rounding out the bottom alongside France were Mexico (11-percent), the Netherlands (12-percent) and Hungary (12-percent).

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Danuta W.
Danuta Watola6 years ago

Interesting Thanks

Tammy Smith
T Zabel7 years ago

My kitties come first

Margaretha van Egmond
No fwd van E8 years ago

Yeh, my pets come first :)

Nina V.
Nina V.8 years ago

animals first! (:

Sandi N.
Sandi N8 years ago

I have a room mate, but we are not a couple. We are the best of friends. He knows, the needs of our pets comes first and foremost. We are both Senior Citizens, and both love our pets as if they were our children. Valentine's Day was very special for the both of us, because we both bought eachother Valentine's cards, from our dog and cat. Those cards brought beautiful smiles to each of our faces. We even bought Valentine's gifts for our pets. I find it hard to believe the poll, where the younger aged people rated highest when choosing a pet over a spouse. I recently lost my beloved cat, "My Beautiful Chancy". My heart still breaks every day. I miss him more than words can express. Animals give such unconditional love and ask for so little in return. Go to the Nursing Homes and see how happy the residents are when someone brings a pet in for them to visit. Having animals later in life, prevents depression, and gives the elderly a sense of worth. Till the day I die, I will have at least one pet. These beautiful creatures were gifts from GOD, and GOD never fails us. HE put these animals on our earth to enrichen and soothe our souls, and HE has succeeded!

Julia P.
Julia P8 years ago

I cannot live without all my dogs. Yes, I probably do seem to have too many, but each is important in my life. I look to Cesar Milan any time someone says I should have only one. We have a happy dog pack. I'm the big dog, and we're all content without a man to gum up the works. It may change in the future, but he'd have to be one very special dog-loving person!

dana l.
Dana l8 years ago


Nikola Paganini
John Lost8 years ago

thank you for this blog

Aletta Kraan
Aletta Kraan8 years ago

Noted , thanks !

Christine Hildebrand

I had a canine companion. He was my bet friend and I was his. My ex gave me a choice, him or the dog. Notice I say he's my ex?