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Top cities for dog lovers!

Where might you find the top cities in the US for dog lovers, you ask? Well, let's delve into this subjective topic! According to (perhaps not the ultimate authority, but let's see), San Francisco, CA claims the crown as the premier dog-friendly city in 2024. Forbes crafted their list based on the abundance and proximity of parks to residents, a commendable criterion. However, the availability of apartments for potential renters is relatively low compared to other major cities. Forbes completes their top 10 with:

  • Henderson, NV
  • Denver, CO
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Portland, OR
  • Aurora, CO
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Madison, WI
  • Chicago, IL
  • New York, NY

Having lived in various parts of Texas and California, I assert that Austin, TX, and San Diego, CA deserve a spot on the list. Austin, in particular, stands out for its unparalleled dog friendliness—complete with places like Yard Bar, essentially a dog park with a bar. With numerous green belts, trails, parks, and swimming areas for dogs, Austin is an ideal haven for any dog owner. Furthermore, Austin has earned its reputation as one of the largest no-kill cities, housing exceptional animal shelters like Austin Pets Alive and the Austin Animal Center.

As a native of Southern California, I believe a top dog city must have a beach, making San Diego my pick. Multiple dog-friendly beaches, including Del Mar Dog Beach, Dog Beach Ocean Beach, and Fiesta Island-Mission Bay, make it a canine paradise.

Crucially, there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer for the best city for dogs; it depends on the dog, the owner, and the desired lifestyle. Some dog owners thrive in the mountains, others in the city, some by the beach, and some prefer the local neighborhood. Wherever you and your dog end up, prioritize happiness, ensuring they receive exercise, social interaction, and lots of love!

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