Top 10 American cities for dogs  

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“In America, 54.4 million households own at least one dog, according to the 2015–2016 American Pet Products Association survey, and making sure you have the very best for your dog – space to run, grass to sniff, and lots of other nice dogs to play with – is a major factor for many of us in determining where we’ll live.

It turns out some cities are just better for having a dog. And this are the top ten cities for dogs – and their owners – in The US:

1.- Charleston, SC

68% of households own a dog

The rapport between humans and dogs in Charleston goes way back, long before the city was named one of the most dog-friendly cities by  

Apart from dog parks and trails, dogs can also enjoy the area’s five dog-friendly beaches — Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island beach even allow them to go off-leash at certain hours. The beloved Yappy Hour summer music series at James Island County Park features music and beverages for dog owners and their pups all summer long. You can even take your hound with you on an old Charleston Ghost Tour!  

2.- Temecula, CA

85% of households own a dog

The charming town in the heart of Southern California’s leading wine region is increasingly known as a pet-friendly destination, as 24 of the valley’s wineries now allow canine companions. The small town also has 30 pet-friendly restaurants where well-mannered mutts can join you in outdoor seating.

3.- Las Vegas, NV

62% of households own a dog

Pet pampering is a real thing in the City of Lights: The place ranked seventh in lavish pet spending on And when owners go out of town, Luxe Pet Hotels offer a boarding service that purports to be “tailored with relaxation and luxury in mind.” That means dog gym, indoor obstacle course, outdoor pool and cabana, king-size memory foam bed, and 42-inch TV in the “celebrity suite.”  

Vegas Rock Dog Radio is a popular live weekly rock ‘n’ roll series about pets, people, and pop culture.  

4.- Scottsdale, AZ

69% of households own a dog

This wealthy suburb of Phoenix has no shortage of retirees who can spend all day with Fido alfresco. The city boasts a long list of restaurants and cafes with extensive outdoor dining for you and your furball, along with 20 bars where dogs can sit alongside your bar stool.  

There’s also an abundance of pet shops that cater to petite dogs. Check out miniature frilly dresses and collars at Mackie’s Parlour, or Louis Vuitton knockoff dog toys, plush sports car–shaped dog beds, and rhinestone collars at Oh My Dog.  

5.- San Diego, CA

63% of households own a dog

Good weather, beaches, and hiking: San Diego has it all for you and your lovable mongrel! The annual dog surf competition attracted 50 four-legged competitors riding the waves last year— they were judged by length of time spent on the board, size of the wave, and perceived comfort while on the board. San Diego has almost 1,000 pet-related businesses, including 200-plus veterinarian services and more than 120 pet stores. The city also has a huge army of dog walkers— a total of 1,221 listed — to ensure that no dog is left unwalked.

Top 10 American Cities for Dogs

6.- Austin, TX

61% of households own a dog

In case Austin’s 265 dog-friendly restaurants don’t speak enough about its “pawesomeness,” there’s even a food truck dedicated to your foodist Fido. Bow-Wow Bones offers dogs treats in eight flavors, including peanut butter, salmon, and cheesy apple. Groovy Dog Bakery, a gourmet pet bakery, serves signature Pup Pies, Puppy Ice Creams made with real yogurt, and “Yappy Barkday” cakes.

After some delicious canine birthday treats, you’ll likely want to take your best friend out for some exercise. Go for a swim at Red Bud Isle, a popular dogs-only swimming spot, or Doga, a dog-centered yoga studio.  

7.- Tampa, FL

57% of households own a dog

Outdoor-loving canines and their human companions will dig Tampa’s many off-leash dog parks and beaches, while fashion-loving curs will gravitate to the area’s many dog-friendly shops and boutiques. In the Hyde Park Village, an upscale open-air shopping mall where many stores keep fresh water and treats at the front door, it’s common to run into dogs on leashes, in handbags, and occasionally in Beagle Bjorns as their owners browse the newest clothing lines.  

8.- Fort Collins, CO

67% of households own a dog

Dogs will never run short of exercise opportunities in this mountain town. Hiking trails of various degrees of difficulty abound, including the renowned Poudre Trail and Mason Trail. Fort Collins also has four dog parks where your best pals can run free. The beloved Spring Canyon Dog Park has separate play areas for dogs of different sizes. There is also a pond located inside the huge park just for fur-faced paddlers

9.- Atlanta, GA

54% of households own a dog

It’s baseball season, time for Atlantans — and their dogs — to cheer for their Braves! This season, the team is hosting two “Bark in the Park” nights, when hounds are allowed into Turner Field at games. Each canine ticket comes with a Braves leash. Speaking of sports, owners also shouldn’t miss the Doggie Dash 5K run and “Doggie Splash” in  Piedmont Park, a 3-acre dog park. Feeling hungry? Lucky’s Burger & Brew, with the owner’s cuddly golden retriever featured in the logo, sells signature burgers named for different breeds (and, of course, pups of all ages are welcome). Bellwoods Social House has a special area called the “dog bar,” serving fresh water and treats.

10.- Seattle, WA

52% of households own a dog

In this city, four-legged residents outnumber babies. What else do you need to know? Dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating are nothing new (Seattle has more than 100 of them), but places like Norm’s Eatery & Ale House and The Leary Traveler now let you eat inside with your well-behaved animal. Every summer, for “Dog Day on Elliott Bay,” dogs can join their owners on the cruise from Seattle to Blake Island, a 475-acre state park.”

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