Ladies looking for Mr Right, call off the search. Apparently the "perfect man" doesn't exist.

While many men have positive attributes, the majority are deeply flawed.

In a British study of 2000 women, most ranked their partner as only 69 per cent perfect.

Included in a list of 20 areas men are commonly dropping the ball are: failing to make an effort with their partner's friends, poor driving skills, the inability to multi-task, leaving the toilet door open, watching too much sport and poor personal grooming.


"It seems women are quite realistic on what they look for from their partner," said Nikki McReynolds, marketing director for Remington, who commissioned the study.

"While they might happily overlook a few common flaws, there are certain behaviours that men just won't get away with."

Researchers found a third of women will turn a blind eye to their man watching too much sport - as long as they listen to their lover when it counts. But 20 per cent are convinced their partner only pretends to listen to them.

A fifth forgive leaving the toilet seat up and the leniency also stretches to those who don't help with the cooking.

A quarter of women said dodgy dancing was forgivable, but bugbears like clothes being left on the bedroom floor and snoring can count against men. And guys beware: leaving the toilet dirty, not making an effort with their partner's family and using her toothbrush are definitely big no-nos.

Leaving out nail clippings, growing a scruffy beard or being too much of a mummy's boy are other sure fire ways to guarantee "imperfection".

When asked what makes the perfect man, an attractive personality topped the list, followed by a sense of humour and good looks.

"The average guy may not be able to compete with the image of a David Beckham, but there are still a number of small changes they can do to make a big difference," McReynolds says.



* Tell us, what's your biggest bugbear in a relationship? Do you know what habits get under your partner's skin?