Women across the country go weak at the knees at the sight of a hot Dad, according to a new survey by online dating site MySingleFriend.com.

A whopping 56% of women said they would happily date a guy who had kids from a previous relationship, with around one in seven (13 per cent) saying they would prefer to date a man with kids as it shows they are family minded.

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David Beckham

A focus on family was top of the list for many women when asked about the most attractive qualities in a man. Around a third (29 per cent) of the women surveyed said this was the most important factor when looking for someone to date, beating body type, job prospects, height and interest in culture.

Interestingly, those aged 16-24 were most likely to say being family minded was the most important attribute when looking for someone to date, with a third reporting not being family minded as a deal breaker.

The survey also found that it is Dad bods and not fitness nuts that are setting pulses racing amongst the female population. One in six named it their ideal body type for a potential mate, compared with one in nine who prefer fitness junkies.

The Dad bod is most popular in Wales where almost a quarter of women asked (24 per cent) said it was their top choice.

Sarah Beeny, founder of MySingleFriend.com and TV personality said: “It is no surprise to me that women love to date men with children from a previous relationship.

“There is something about the sight of a caring, sensitive man looking after his children that makes women’s hearts melt.

“And who wants a guy that’s all muscles when you can have a real man, paunch and all to cuddle up to.”

MySingleFriend.com’s top ten Hot Dads:

1. David Beckham

2. Prince William

3. Ben Affleck

4. Brad Pitt

5. Johnny Depp

6. Pierce Brosnan

7. Chris Martin

8. Simon Cowell

9. Richard Branson

10. Matt Damon

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