It’s a dog’s life. At least, it could be a dog’s life if you and your pet are lucky enough to live in the world’s most dog-friendly cities.
For dog lovers, making sure their best furry friends live in a safe and comfortable environment is often top of their priorities. Lots of dog owners splash out lots of cash on making sure their pets have fluffy pillows, gilded food bowls and top-notch toys to play with.
But what are the best cities for dogs to live in? After all, as doggie devotees, we all want to know just where, of all the cities across the world, we and our four-legged friends might find the best quality of life.
Well, one bunch of canine admirers, Coya, a global insurance/tech provider, set out to define the best locations for a very doggie life, identifying the 50 best places in the world to play fetch, chase cats, bark at passers-by and chew shoes.
As it turns out, the best place to live if you are a dog is San Francisco in California. San Fran topped the list by scoring high on a wide range of parameters around dog ownership and facilities. For example, San Francisco notched up a phenomenal (in fact, perfect) 100 out of 100 for pet-friendly restaurants, a 90 for dog-friendly hotels, a 96 on the number of pet stores per capita and a 97 on dog waste regulations (combined with an 84 for dog waste fines).
Other cities included in the Top Ten Best Cities for Dogs and Owners are: Seattle, Prague, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Barcelona, Hamburg and Warsaw, among others.
“While it’s true that a furry friend can be happy in any city, as long as it’s well-taken-care-of and loved by its owner, it’s also a fact that it’s far more enjoyable for a dog to live in a city with plentiful green spaces, responsible pet owners, and plenty of puppy pals to play with,” comments Andrew Shaw, Founder and CEO of Coya.
“We conducted this study to help inform dog lovers and owners alike about the dog-friendliness of their local cities, and how they may compare to others around the world. As dog lovers ourselves, we were surprised at the results and hope that it adds to the conversation about how to make cities happier places for our furry friends.”
The study began by creating a shortlist of cities around the globe previously cited as a good location for dogs, finalising a list of 50 locations with comparable and available data.