2023’s Finest Cities for Canine Lovers


A young woman sits on the ground with her six dogs, one of them licking her face.

The place can you reside your greatest life along with your BFF (Finest Furry Buddy)?

To mark Nationwide Canine Day on Aug. 26, LawnStarter rounded up 2023’s Finest Cities for Canine Lovers. 

We in contrast the 200 largest U.S. cities based mostly on 28 indicators of pet love, comparable to entry to dog-furrendly housing and companies, suitability of canine strolling, and affordability of canine providers.

See which cities lead the pack (and which cities are within the doghouse) under. To learn the way we ranked the cities, see our methodology.


Metropolis Rankings + Infographic

See how every metropolis fared in our rating:

Infographic showing the Best Cities for Dog Lovers, a ranking based on access to dog-friendly housing and businesses, suitability of dog walking, affordability of canine services, and more
Notice: For presentation functions, not all ties could also be displayed for some metrics above.

High 5 Shut Up

Take a look at the slideshow under for highlights on every of our high 5 cities.

A twilight view of the Orlando, Florida, skyline reflecting on Lake Eola
No. 1: Orlando, Florida | General Rating: 49.55

Share of Canine-Pleasant Rental Properties Rank: 12
Canine Parks per 100,000 Residents Rank: 5
Pet Groomers per 100,000 Residents: 1
Canine Boarding Choices per 100,000 Residents Rank: 1
Variety of Canine-Pleasant Eating places Rank: 11

Photograph Credit score: M-DESIGNZ / Pexels / Pexels License

A shot of Tampa, Florida’s skyline in the daytime from a kayakon the Hillsborough River
No. 2: Tampa, Florida | General Rating: 47.08

Share of Canine-Pleasant Rental Properties Rank: 12
High-Rated Canine Parks per 100,000 Residents Rank: 6
Canine Meetups per 100,000 Residents Rank: 16
Pet Shops per 100,000 Residents Rank: 9
Veterinarians per 100,000 Residents: 10

Photograph Credit score: joiseyshowaa / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

An aerial view of Downtown Alexandria, Virginia, with the Potomac River in the background
No. 3: Alexandria, Virginia | General Rating: 46.92

Canine Parks per 100,000 Residents Rank: 1
Canine Meetups per 100,000 Residents Rank: 1
Pet Trainers per 100,000 Residents Rank: 7
Common Per-Go to Canine Sitter Price (Earnings-Adjusted) Rank: 7
Common Hourly Pet Groomer Price (Earnings-Adjusted Rank): 6

Photograph Credit score: Ben Schumin / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

A shot of the Austin, Texas, skyline and the Colorado River at twilight
No. 4: Austin | General Rating: 46.41

Share of Canine-Pleasant Rental Properties Rank: 10
Canine Meetups per 100,000 Residents Rank: 8
Variety of Canine-Pleasant Lodging Rank: 1
Variety of Canine-Pleasant Purchasing Facilities Rank: 3
Variety of Pet Transportation Providers Rank: 6

Photograph Credit score: Carlos Alfonso / Unsplash / Unsplash License

A view of Downtown Richmond, Virginia, shot from a high floor during daytime
No. 5: Richmond, Virginia | General Rating: 46.15

Canine Occasions per 100,000 Residents Rank: 1
Veterinarians per 100,000 Residents Rank: 4
Pet Trainers per 100,000 Residents Rank: 15
Canine Sitters per 100,000 Residents Rank: 9
Pet Shops per 100,000 Residents Rank: 19

Photograph Credit score: STEPHEN POORE / Unsplash / Unsplash License 

Key Insights

The Gist

Southern and Southwestern cities (with some exceptions) are usually greatest for canine and their house owners. (We observed this sample — to a barely lesser extent — among the many Finest Cities for Cat Lovers, too.) 

Do canine merely want hotter climate year-round? Pup mother and father on canine strolling obligation would possibly care extra about that. Plus, we didn’t think about local weather. Our best-performing cities, nonetheless, do share two frequent traits: sturdy, dog-loving communities and incredible entry to care. No top-25 metropolis ranked decrease than 46 in Neighborhood, and 17 of these 25 additionally positioned among the many greatest 25 for Care.

There’s extra regional variation amongst our worst cities, most of which earned the bottom throughout all classes. They stretch from Paterson, New Jersey (final place), within the East to Detroit (No. 199) within the Midwest to West Valley Metropolis, Utah (No. 194), within the West.

Standout Stats

High Spot

  • At the least one hat-wearing canine, Goofy, will probably be blissful to know his metropolis is our Canine Lovers Capital for the 2nd straight yr. Orlando, Florida, cared its option to 1st place — actually: The Metropolis Stunning dominated our Care class, contributing the most important increase to the town’s total rating, 49.55 factors.

Pawesome Parks

  • Pups in Knoxville, Tennessee (No. 9 total), Boise, Idaho (No. 42), and Corona, California (No. 61), are spoiled for selection in dog-friendly inexperienced areas. These three cities outperformed many of the competitors in canine parks per capita and common customer score for canine parks. They particularly shined in entry to top-rated canine parks, every rating among the many high 5 on this metric.

Lone Star Leashing Leasing

  • Among the many 10 cities with the highest share of dog-friendly rental properties, eight are in Texas. Dallas (No. 55 total) and the well-heeled well-pawed North Dallas suburbs — together with Irving (No. 119) in 1st place — make up seven of these eight. Austin (No. 4) snagged the final spot.

BIG Canine Homes

  • Every little thing’s larger in Texas, so goes the cliché, and it’s true of housing. The three largest single-family properties by common sq. footage are all North Dallas suburbs. Frisco (No. 46 total) leads the pack on this metric, adopted by Plano (No. 41) then McKinney (No. 40).

The Pup Effectively Traveled

  • Unaccompanied canines received’t have hassle hitching a journey within the largest cities, the place pet transportation providers are hottest and accessible. Over 150 cities provide at the least one such service. Los Angeles (No. 24 total) raced to the lead with 48.

Bone Appétit

  • Outdoors of the most important cities, which expectedly provide essentially the most pooch-welcoming eateries, the South is greatest for chowing down with a furry pal. Eleven of the 20 cities with the highest numbers of dog-friendly eating places are on this area. They embody cities like Nashville, Tennessee (No. 45 total), Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 53), and Louisville, Kentucky (No. 103). 

Going the Additional Yard

  • Because of their spacious properties and yards, Macon, Georgia, and Shreveport, Louisiana, ranked sixth and eleventh greatest in Housing. Sadly, the ample room to rove round didn’t make up for every thing else these two cities lack in all different classes. Macon positioned 124th total, besting Shreveport by solely two spots.

Doggie Howsers Wanted

  • Residents of smaller cities in giant metros should journey to the large metropolis for higher pup care. Newark, New Jersey (No. 198 total), for instance, landed in final place in our Care class, whereas New York (No. 31) ranked 50. West Valley Metropolis, Utah (No. 194), positioned 4th worst, versus Salt Lake Metropolis (No. 49) at No. 30. North Las Vegas, Nevada (No. 189), completed 193rd, in contrast with Las Vegas (No. 12) in 2nd place

Extra Ruff Commerce, Please

  • Regardless of the largest pup-loving communities, two California cities severely lack companies that cater to this inhabitants. Pasadena (No. 23 total) ranked seventh in Neighborhood and 126th in Companies. Equally, Santa Rosa (No. 16) — house to the Charles M. Schulz Museum honoring final canine lover Charlie Brown and his well-known pooch, Snoopy — positioned ninth in Neighborhood and 121st in Companies.


  • Regardless of ending sixth worst total, West Valley Metropolis, Utah, ranked fiftieth most reasonably priced amongst all 200 cities. In the meantime, Kansas Metropolis, Kansas (ninth worst), is the solely metropolis amongst our backside 10 that ranked increased than 146 in Housing, at No. 84. Each cities earned a few of the lowest scores in Neighborhood and Care, suggesting an absence of a dog-loving inhabitants.

Ask The Specialists

Proudly owning a canine is an enormous dedication, so potential pup mother and father have to be educated to deal with their pet, too.

For useful care suggestions and different insights, we turned to a panel of canine whisperers. Learn their ideas under.

  1. What are your high three suggestions for caring for canine whereas working from house?
  2. Apart from plenty of canine parks and vets, what makes for a terrific metropolis for canine lovers? How can native governments make their cities extra enticing to canine house owners?
  3. It’s stated {that a} canine is a person’s or lady’s greatest pal. What are 3 ways you’ll be able to mark Worldwide Canine Day along with your BFF (Finest Furry Buddy)?

Behind the Rating

First, we decided the elements (metrics) which can be most related to rank the Finest Cities for Canine Lovers. We then assigned a weight to every issue based mostly on its significance and grouped these elements into 5 classes: Housing, Neighborhood, Care, Companies, and Affordability. The classes, elements, and their weights are listed within the desk under.

For every of the 200 largest U.S. cities, we then gathered information on every issue from the sources listed under the desk. 

Lastly, we calculated scores (out of 100 factors) for every metropolis to find out its rank in every issue, every class, and total. A metropolis’s General Rating is the typical of its scores throughout all elements and classes. The very best General Rating ranked “Finest” (No. 1) and the bottom “Worst” (No. 200). Notice: The “Worst” amongst particular person elements will not be No. 200 as a consequence of ties.

Sources: American Animal Hospital Affiliation, Animal Authorized & Historic Heart, BringFido, Emergency Vet 24/7, Federal Housing Finance Company, Meetup, MoneyGeek.com, different LawnStarter research, PetSitter.com, Realtor.com, Yellow Pages, and Yelp

Ultimate Ideas: Methods to Give Again to Your Pup

Canine love consideration, and so they earn it. This Aug. 26, the highlight turns to our furry associates: Nationwide Canine Day acknowledges the variety of canine that have to be rescued, in addition to canine’ many contributions to our lives.

One option to give again to our canine companions is to deal with them to a clear, secure inexperienced house. Yards are invaluable to canine, giving them an opportunity to train, protecting them secure, and offering a spot to do their enterprise.

That’s why it’s essential to create a dog-friendly panorama. Retaining your pup wholesome minimizes its stress and maximizes the enjoyable you’ll be able to have collectively.

Rent an area LawnStarter professional that can assist you maintain your yard trim, inexperienced, and wholesome so you’ll be able to spend extra high quality time along with your BFF.

Fundamental Photograph Credit score: Pexels

Richie Bernardo

Richie Bernardo

Richie Bernardo is a managing editor who beforehand wrote about private finance and immigration. Philippine-born, Kansas Metropolis-bred, and barbecue-fed, Richie enjoys baking, deal searching, and binging “Historical Aliens.”