Although dogs may stick closer to male owners, these canines won't necessarily prefer male company.
Dogs approach men more often than women in a pilot study about human-canine interactions.
Why the sex of an owner should affect dog approaches is unknown, but it may be related to sex-associated roles observed in wolves.
Neurotic owners and neurotic dogs appear to be sensitive to each others needs, with such pairs spending more time close together.
Dogs owned by men, especially neurotic men, approach their owners more often than dogs of female owners, according to new research.
That doesn't mean, however, that they necessarily prefer men over women.
The findings, published in the journal Interaction Studies, add to the growing body of evidence that pet owner gender and personality may influence an animal's social attraction to the person.
Recently, for example, a study determined that women and cats enjoy particularly strong bonds. Now some of the same members of that cat research team have turned their focus to dogs, which really may be man's best friend.