HALF of dog owners admit they take more selfies with their four-legged friends than their partner.
And a third insist that their pet is more photogenic, according to a nationwide survey.
More than a third (35 per cent) even confess to having more snaps of their dog on their phone than of their own children.
The survey found 52 per cent of owners took more selfies with their pet than their other half.
Thirty-seven per cent truly believe their pooch loves to have their picture taken.
Sixteen per cent reckon their animal adopts a special selfie face and say they get their most likes on Instagram with pet pictures.
Some (15 per cent) are certain their dog laughs as it is being snapped.
Rachel Grant of natural dog food brand Laughing Dog, which carried out the survey, said: “This research explores how snap happy Brits are when it comes to their dogs.
“Many owners believe they can tell when their pet is laughing or smiling for the photo, so it’s not surprising that three in ten say their dog is incredibly photogenic.”
The survey found that 36 per cent of the 1,000 owners polled claim to communicate better with their dog than their partner.
A third insist they can detect when their hound is upset or anxious, while 31 per cent reckon they can tell what their dog is thinking through its facial expressions.
Two-thirds (66 per cent) say they formed a really close bond with their mutt during Covid lockdowns.
Veterinary expert Dr Michael Lazaris said: “This shows us how dogs can be an important lifeline when people are suffering with their mental health — something that has become far more prevalent in the past 12 months.
“The dog is an important member of the family.”
The research found that the dog photo capital of the UK is Liverpool, where owners will take up to 174 pictures a year of their pet.