A new list has compiled the top North American cities for dog owners in 2019 and Vancouver made the top ten.
Created by Technobark, the dog-friendly choices were selected from over 300 cities across the continent and graded on a number of criteria. First, the score calculated the number of dog parks or parks that generally allow leashed or unleashed pets to go out and play. It also counted the number of dog beaches per capita, as well as the number of active veterinary services in the city, including cities that have 24-hour pet service available.
The score also factored in dog-friendly activities, such as hiking, and dog-friendly restaurants that allow guests to bring in their pooches. Finally, the score calculated the "general climate of the city."
The study concluded that Portland, Oregon was by far the most dog-friendly selection. Not only does it have more more dog parks per capita than any major city in the US, but it also allows canines on almost any of its beaches. They also have ample opportunities for dog-friendly hikes, and the city is very walkable.
Carmel-by-the-Sea in California came second, boasting, "more than a couple of dozen off leash and leashed dog parks" and dog-friendly activities. Austin, Texas placed third, as it has some of the highest rated on and off-leash parks in America.
Vancouver placed sixth, and was noted for its, "wide array of off-leash and on leash parks." However, the ranking acknowledges that it is, "extremely hard to find a dog-friendly rental property or find a dog-friendly restaurant."
Top North American Cities for Dog Owners 2019
- Portland, Oregon
- Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- Austin, Texas
- Cannon Beach, Oregon
- Tampa, Florida
- Vancouver, B.C.
- San Diego, California
- Lake George, New York
- Chicago, Illinois
- Tucson, Arizona