It’s not crazy to want to live in a city that’s got your number one sidekick in mind. Like you, we’re passionate about our pets and on board with questions tumbling off the fingertips of dog-lovers everywhere about which cities are dog-friendly. And here’s the thing: You’re not alone if one of your primary concerns is, “How will Fido get along in X?”
What makes a city dog-friendly when the lists hit the wire for top ten pet-friendly cities? Once we narrow it down, the potential for what you can do with your future and that of your pet opens up.
A big one is the number of dog parks or outdoor public places you can take your dog without fear of being chased away or chewed out by random, concerned strangers for taking your pup off her leash. Dog beaches, dog parks, and a walkable city that isn’t constantly raining or filled with mud are all list-toppers for what constitutes dog-friendly.
Another question to entertain is how accommodating local businesses are to allowing dogs into their business establishments. Many dog owners are familiar with signs turning their canine pal away for not being a service animal (cats too! Some cats have been socialized to love going out for walks or rides in cars, you brave human, you, who has trained your cat to love adventure!). Cities that score well have a higher number of pet-friendly businesses than average.
Some of the factors are personal. Maybe you adore muddy walks with your dog. Perhaps your husky loves to burrow through the snow. Those aspects will be unique to each individual. However, for the insightful list we pulled, cities with low annual precipitation scored the best.
Our favorite list was compiled by the financial site SmartAsset, which rated the top cities based on the above factors.
Check out their original article for 2018, or glance at the top cities for pet-friendly atmosphere below and get planning your move. Their top three cities got the highest marks for affordability. The rest, well, let’s just say that they’re some of the more expensive cities in the U.S, so dig into your savings account if one of them is your favorite option.
- Tucson, AZ
- Albuquerque, NM
- Las Vegas, NV
- San Francisco, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Denver, CO
- New York, NY
- Minneapolis, MN
- Sacramento, CA