Soul sensation Joss Stone places puppy love above romance - insisting any potential suitor must first win the approval of her two dogs.

The YOU HAD ME hitmaker refuses to date anyone who doesn't impress her poodle DUSTY and rottweiler MISSY.

She says, "I would never even think of being with someone who doesn't like them."

A close pal says of her friend's priorities: "They're like her kids and a (man) is lucky to come third. Anyone who wants to be in her life has to get on with the dogs, if they don't like him the guy doesn't stand a chance."