The Most Dog-Friendly Cities in the World
These cities lead the pack in providing a great quality of life for urban dogs and the people who love and care for them.
Oh, to be a city dog!
These are some of the experiences urban dogs enjoy every day in Daily Paws' favorite dog-friendly cities worldwide. While each city has its own rules and regulations regarding dog life, generally speaking, our picks share these standards:
• Restaurants, cafes, and bars welcome dogs in outdoor seating areas, a pawful allow them indoors. Call and check establishments' websites.
• Dogs are not allowed in food stores and outdoor markets.
• On public transportation, small dogs in carriers travel free. Large dogs must wear muzzles, be leashed, and have a ticket to ride (usually half-priced or child's fare). Some cities don't allow dog travel during rush hours or on regional trains. Check transit websites for details.
Here are our picks of cities considered a dog's best friend.
Portland, Oregon, USA
Barks and brews, that's Portland—the eco-conscious city with the most off-leash dog parks and breweries per capita in the United States.
Willamette Valley wineries encourage patrons to bring dogs. Keeler Estate's Pinot & Puppies club membership includes organic treats and vineyard playdates.
The city of love's affection for its 300,000 dogs has few bounds.
Chiens (that's French for "dogs") frequent outdoor cafés and restaurants, ride public transportation, and enjoy canine chauffeur services. Leashed dogs walk in parks sans playgrounds. Dogs cannot enter museums, food markets, and major attractions.
Roman dogs are always on holiday pouncing into fountains, roaming archaeological sites, traveling by train, and going to the beach.
The Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese gardens, and Tiber River banks are pleasant leashed strolls. Off-leash, dogs dash around Circus Maximus, an ancient chariot racing stadium. Restaurants allow dogs in outdoor seating areas.
On the seashore, Bau Beach charges an entrance fee covering the dog's umbrella, water, and treats.
Seattle, Washington, USA
Seattle's 153,000 dog residents still outnumber kiddos.
Tails wag at 14 off-leash dog parks. Warren G. Magnuson Off-Leash Dog Area encompasses Lake Washington's shores. Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park leashed walks promise Elliott Bay views. Dogs ride public transportation.
Indoor-outdoor Dogwood Play Park serves beer and Seattle Barkery dog treats. Their bakery truck visits dog parks. Locals call nearby Redmond's Marymoor Park "Doggy Disneyland" for its woodsy trails and swimming beaches.
Toronto dogs are party animals.The city's bi-annual Woofstock—North America's largest outdoor dog festival attracting 150,000 dogs, 200,000 people, and pet exhibitors—celebrates canine culture through pet talent shows, contests, music, and fashion parades. Year-round, Toronto dogs socialize at more than 70 off-leash areas. Count on swim pawties at harbor-front Cherry Beach.
New York City, New York, USA
Down under dogs love living in Melbourne.
Best leashed strolls are the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and World Heritage Site, Carlton Gardens. Gourmet Pawprints hosts dog-centric neighborhood walking tours, Yarra River cruises, and winery tasting tours.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Canines live the California dream in this sunny Central Coast town.
Dogs chase waves leash-free at the beach between Arroyo Burro Beach and Shoreline Steps, hike bluff-tops at Douglas Family Preserve, and sail aboard Sunset Kidd yacht.
Dog-friendly restaurants, brewpubs, and wineries abound in Funk Zone arts district. Spa resort Camp Canine charm schools pups at "Coffee Shop Dog" training.
Denver, Colorado, USA
Dogs live it up in the Mile High City.
A bark out to the Swiss for animal welfare laws.
Pet parents must apply for a license documenting their dog's health and are required to pass dog-owner behavioral training.
Geneva's leash-free green spaces flank the Rhone River. Pups ride trains and Lake Geneva's public ferries servicing shoreline cities in Switzerland and France. So, these dogs are multi-barkal.