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HE should be clean-shaven, good-looking and drive a silver Mercedes. And, most important of all, he should be more than 178cm.
Height is apparently more important than looks to women looking for Mr Right, a survey claims.
With blue eyes, short dark-brown hair and medium build, the ideal candidate would appear to be film star Jake Gyllenhaal.
Looks aside, the perfect partner must also love pets and appreciate fine wine, theatres and nice restaurants. Coupled with this he should have a "wacky" sense of humour, according to the study of 40,000 women by UKdating.com.
Mr Right wears smart jeans and a T-shirt, weighs exactly 80.5kg and is a doctor or lawyer who owns a home in a good location.
He has had three serious relationships, no more than six sexual partners, has never been married and doesn't have children.
Also important is a university education: many women specify a man with a BA degree.
Smokers and football fans were given the thumbs-down.
Only 1 per cent of women questioned would date a chap who hates pets.
The majority -- 66 per cent -- want to find a partner who is fit. Even more -- 68 per cent -- are looking for a wacky sense of humour.
David Brown, managing director of UKdating.com, said: "The female daters on our website certainly know what they want and they are not afraid to let the men know.
"They are looking for a man in a similar way to looking for a mortgage -- by going to websites, saying what they want and comparing what is out there."
Fortunately for imperfect men, however, not all women go for the Gyllenhaal ideal.
"Cuddly lovers" were favoured by 21 per cent, while 16 per cent would like to find a balding gent like Bruce Willis.
Another 11 per cent said their Mr Right would be ginger, while 18 per cent said they would prefer a man with grey hair. And 28 per cent claimed they do not care how much a man earns.
Facial hair proved surprisingly popular: 28 per cent of those surveyed admitted they liked a goatee and 21 per cent said they would like to meet a man with a moustache. Only 2 per cent of women, however, said they wouldn't mind dating someone who was less than 152cm tall.