Dogs as Deal Breakers

Woman turns down an arranged marriage after finding out the man didn't like dogs.
By JoAnna Lou, September 2016

Dog lovers know what unconditional love looks like, so it makes sense that we'd be a little pickier when it comes to choosing our human partner. One woman's story has been going viral lately for her dedication to her pup.

Karishma Walia lives in Guragon, India and was recently in talks to marry a guy from a wealthy family in New Delhi. “My mom thought he was an excellent match because he’s good-looking and well-off," says Karishma. She was a little concerned when he talked about family being a priority over a career, since Karishma enjoys her job as an analyst, but things were otherwise going well. But then came the deal breaker. When her potential groom-to-be told her that a dog would put a crimp in their love life, Karishma immediately told him it was a a non-negotiable.

He wondered if liking dogs would be a temporary phase in her life and urged her to think about the big picture. But Karishma simply explained, "Having a dog is definitely not a temporary phase. I can’t abandon my dog for anyone." Karishma was under a lot of family pressure, but knew it was the right decision. And she isn't alone in having to weed out potential partners who aren't crazy about dogs.

In 2011, a UK Craigslist survey found that dogs were the most likely pet to hurt your dating prospects. Yes, our pups represent a significant commitment, but I think dog lovers would agree... if our pets do turn away some dating prospects, we more than welcome the help identifying people we're not compatible with!

Have you ever dated someone who was not a dog person?


JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.