As Valentine's Day approaches, many people with dogs will not care one bit whether they get a card.
A survey by the Kennel Club has found almost one in five would rather have a dog than be in a relationship.
Almost half said they were so attached to their pet because 'dogs don't let you down' in the same way that other people might.
Although a dog might not buy you roses or take you out for dinner, it seems unconditional love and a wagging tail can make being single a less lonely prospect.
The research, which asked 2,612 dog owners for their thoughts on romance, found just under a quarter agreed that having a dog would make them feel less concerned about not being in love.
Perhaps the findings are unsurprising, as celebrities have long used dogs as their plus-ones.
Hollywood legend Glenn Close took her Havanese dog Pip to the Oscars last year, describing her pet as 'the best date a girl can have'.
Comedian Miranda Hart and racing driver Lewis Hamilton have gone on holiday with their dogs, and actor Ryan Gosling has taken his cross-breed George, who he describes as 'the great love of my life', on to chat shows for moral support.
Jennifer Aniston has credited her dogs and female friends with making her happy, stating: 'I've had more fun post-40 than I can remember - from a work point of view, a physical point of view, a psychotherapeutic point of view.'