Pet-friendly cities in the world: real oases for our beloved dogs
All of the cities on this list offer dog parks, dog restaurants, and beaches that allow pups to swim and explore. The law and authorities are also very sensitive towards animals and will allow you to do more than in most other places. In addition, you will have the opportunity to carry out many different activities in the company of your puppy, not simply abandon him in some kindergarten, while you are out there having fun for who knows how long.
The most pet-friendly cities in the world must be fun for both pets and their owners. There must be plenty for the two of you to do without breaking the laws or constantly incurring the inconvenience of “being with a dog” (like blocked entrances and such).
Toronto is said to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in North America. With countless parks allowing both on- and off-leash activities, dogs don't realize they live in a concrete jungle.
The Dutch are known to be extremely dog-friendly. Puppies are generally allowed in most establishments, except museums and galleries. This means you don't have to look for permission from a "dogs allowed" sign. Instead, you and your dog are welcome to walk inside unless there is a sign stating otherwise.
Dogs of all sizes, from Great Danes to Chihuahuas, are also welcome on public transport for free, with the exception of trains which cost three euros for a day pass for dogs. Amsterdam is not a hot country all year round, however when things start to thaw in spring, there are numerous outdoor terraces, open parks and immaculately kept public gardens, and even a swimming area at Flevopark, where dogs they can row.
Paris loves your canine friends: whether you're exploring Montmartre or sitting in a cafe, you're sure to meet several cute dogs who enjoy the city as much as you do. Parisians welcome dogs into their boutiques and brasseries as they would any human being.
Some establishments even provide a chair for your dog and a bowl of water to make sure he is getting a warm welcome. As in Amsterdam, museums and galleries are less welcoming, since the objects contained therein have such a high value that one does not want to risk one's fate (on the other hand, there is no evidence to support the love of dogs for art and the culture).
For a taste of the Parisian air and the chance to explore flower-lined paths instead of boutiques, Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are two parks your dog will love. They are so big that they make New York's Central Park pale.
The Swiss take dog ownership very seriously. In this country, owners have to pass a written and practical test before they can even think about bringing a dog home.
Some may see it as too strict a system, but this is done solely to protect the rights of a dog. Thanks to this law and the decidedly advanced mentality of the population, the city has no shortage of places that allow your four-legged friends to walk, jump and run on a leash.
One of the largest fenced dog parks in Geneva is located in Parc Bertrand. The park is filled with trees, benches, paths, and open spaces, where you'll see many dogs and their owners enjoying the space year-round. Geneva is also home to fifty-five pet-friendly hotels, so accommodations for you and your pup will never be a problem.
San Francisco, California (USA)
San Francisco is considered one of the greatest dog-friendly cities in the world and is home to nearly two hundred restaurants for you and your four-legged friend. There are also many parks and free beaches for walking.
Golden Gate Park has over a thousand acres of green space to explore, including four off-leash areas for playing fetch. Being a tourist with your pet is so easy in this city. Take a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower and the Embarcadero.
You can even take your pup on a cable car ride if you're tired of walking the steep streets. Additionally, San Francisco is home to DogFest and Pet Pride Day Festival, which are celebrations of the city's canine and furry residents. If you are looking for a city that loves dogs, this is it.
London, United Kingdom
We all expected to see London back on this list, since this city is the main seat of the British royal family and its Queen is a great lover of Corgis (the Queen's dogs are real icons, everyone knows them). There are several large parks throughout the city, such as Holland Park and Hyde Park, which offer opportunities for leashed hunting and running.
Public transport is also quite open to animal trafficking (in a good way). When it comes to taking the dog on the train (subway or bus), as long as the puppy does not occupy a seat when it is already occupied by a person, everything is fine.
While the shops and restaurants are stricter than other European cities, you can't forget the great British pubs, many of which are dog-friendly. Many of them also have beer gardens, so you and your furry friend can soak up the rare London sunshine over a pint.
This cultural center is probably one of the most dog-friendly destinations in Europe. You can explore the city's historic sites on foot with your dog by your side, or take a relaxing trip on a steamboat: dogs are welcome on the Stern und Kreisschiffahrt boats.
There are also numerous restaurants, cafes and hotels that are welcoming of your pup. Some hotels even offer a dog bed and bowl to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Unlike most European cities, all public transport in Berlin accepts pets and allows you to visit more distant parts of the city. You can also buy a dog train ticket so your best friend can accompany you on further journeys in Germany.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague was originally by no means a popular holiday destination for pets and their human parents, however the city has changed drastically over the years. Dogs are welcome to explore all sites and join you as you dine at the restaurants. Some places are even kind enough to provide a small meal for your puppy.
Prague's Letna Park also allows your pup to roam and play off-leash while you indulge in the many beer gardens along the way. For a unique experience, you can bring your dog along to see the latest blockbusters at the dog-friendly Aero cinema. They also host a dog film festival called “Aero Pes Fest” every year.
Seattle, Washington (USA)
Seattle has twice as many dogs as children, making this city a Mecca for puppy lovers. There are fourteen off-leash dog parks within the city and around ten in the surrounding areas – this gives your pup plenty of options for any day-to-day walkie.
Seattle's best off-leash park, however, is Magnuson Park (a full nine acres). provides access to part of the beach along Lake Washington.
For dogs who enjoy hiking, there are also mountain trails not far from the city, offering the benefits of a more natural environment for exploration, but not too far from a city that is home to many restaurants, hotels and shops suitable for dogs.
Whether you're looking to spend the day shopping, or plan to explore the sites of Tokyo, your four-legged friend is more than welcome to join you on your journey. There are many cute and unusual food experiences for you and your pup to try – one could be the world-famous Snobish Babies, a cafe and clothing store that offers a separate menu for humans and pets, as well as cool clothes, if you're trying to spice up your puppy's style.
Dogs in cute attire aren't uncommon in Tokyo, so your pup might as well join the mass fashion. There are also many beautiful parks to explore with your furry friend. Dogs are generally welcome in parks as long as they walk on a leash, but a great place to explore is Yoyogi Koen in Shibuya-ku - this park has so much that your pup might be interested in, such as fountains, forest areas, open fields in to relax, or designated areas for dogs.
For dogs who want to live a life of surfing, Sydney is the place to be. Although dogs are banned from many of Sydney's most popular beaches, there are many others that offer the pup the chance to splash around in the ocean and try to catch the waves.
Rowland Reserve is one of Sydney's most popular dog beaches, with an exercise area plus a coffee cart, dog wash and pub to help you relax. Another example is the Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve.
While the latter is not directly on the beach, there are grassy dunes which are great for running and off-leash play is permitted at all times. For dogs that can't handle the heat well, there's a lagoon that's great for a dip.
New York City, New York (USA)
New York City is an exciting city for four-legged visitors year-round. Hotels like the Loews Regency welcome all furry visitors, and for those who want to travel to New York for shopping, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue are department stores that are open to all pets.
New York also has the huge Central Park, a magical place for dogs who are tired of walking the concrete sidewalks and are looking for more sparkling adventures, as well as numerous restaurants and cafes that will serve you and your puppy.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv calls itself the most "dog-friendly" city in the world. The city has everything for your dog – there are dog beaches, dog parks and even dog movie nights.
They've even launched a municipal digital service for dogs: it's a membership card system that gives dog owners access to important information and special offers, including vaccination reminders, lists of nearby vets, up to directions to the nearest dog park.
With over twenty-seven thousand registered dogs living within the city limits of Vancouver, Canadians have built a dog lifestyle quite luxurious for its residents.Vancouver has numerous pet-friendly accommodations and a public transit system that allows small dogs to travel with you
Although you bring your pup to join you inside restaurants, patios throughout the city are more than welcoming, if you and your pooch want to kick back for a bite to eat or a quick drink. One of Vancouver's main advantages, however, is the ease of getting out into nature with your four-legged friend. There are many dog-friendly hiking trails just outside the city, ranging from beginner trails to those designed for more experienced mountaineers.