London - They say that gentlemen prefer blondes – but it could depend on their mothers.
A study has found that we really do have a "type" when looking for love. However, it has more to do with our parents than personal preference.
Researchers who analysed hundreds of relationships found that men typically choose women with the same eye and hair colour as their mothers. Similarly, women pick men with the same features as their fathers – unless they grew up without them around.
Researchers from the Charles University in Prague looked at past and present relationships of almost 2 000 heterosexual adults.
They then compared the eye and hair colour of each partner to that of their opposite-sex parent. Both men and women tended to choose long-term partners – as opposed to flings – that had the same eye or hair colour as their parent of the opposite sex.