Match for mutts? New website helps people adopt the best dog

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  • In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Morgan Fredette, 13, left, holds the family dog Roscoe as her mother Kate, center right, and brother Lucas, 11, right, play with the dog at their home in Waltham, Mass. The family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that is designed to help humans pick the most compatible mutt possible. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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    In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., greets the family dog, Roscoe, at their home in Waltham, Mass. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that is designed to help humans pick the most compatible mutt possible. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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    In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., walks the family dog, Roscoe, near their home in Waltham. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that is designed to match humans with dogs based on what really matters: personality, lifestyle and behavior. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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    In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., holds the family dog Roscoe at their home in Waltham. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that matches humans with dogs based on what really matters: personality, lifestyle and behavior. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Morgan Fredette, 13, left, holds the family dog Roscoe as her mother Kate, center right, and brother Lucas, 11, right, play with the dog at their home in Waltham, Mass. The family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that is designed to help humans pick the most compatible mutt possible. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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    In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., greets the family dog, Roscoe, at their home in Waltham, Mass. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that is designed to help humans pick the most compatible mutt possible. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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    In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., walks the family dog, Roscoe, near their home in Waltham. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that is designed to match humans with dogs based on what really matters: personality, lifestyle and behavior. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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    In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., holds the family dog Roscoe at their home in Waltham. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that matches humans with dogs based on what really matters: personality, lifestyle and behavior. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) There's a new way to find the perfect family dog.

The founders of the website How I Met My Dog say people usually select a pet based on appearance and breed. But that's barking up the wrong tree.

How I Met My Dog matches humans and potential pets based on what really matters personality, lifestyle and behavior. Some are calling it a canine version of eHarmony or Match for mutts.

People looking for a new dog can fill out a personality profile based on their lifestyle.

The site then matches them with dogs at shelters or that need new homes that would complement that lifestyle.

The service has rolled out in the Boston area, and the founders are hoping to go nationally later this year.

  

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