Top 10 Dog Breeds in Atlanta, GA

Introduction

Atlanta has been named one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, due to their access to quality veterinary care and the number of dog-friendly spaces in the city. In addition to having plenty of dog-friendly services and businesses, Atlanta's hot climate allows dogs to enjoy more time outside every year. With lots of walking opportunities due to parks and trails, such as the Atlanta BeltLine that connects many of the city's hotspots, or the Eastside Trail that connects to the Piedmont Dog Park, its no wonder this town is filled with pups! But which breeds are you most likely to see in this city's many dog-friendly restaurants, markets, bars, and coffee shops? Here are the top dogs of furbulous Atlanta!

  • #10 Mix

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    People in Atlanta are always on-trend, and dogs are no exception. Designer mixes are a great way to show that you know how to find exactly the right dog for you. Popular mixes include hygienic Goldendoodles, perky Puggles, and cute Pomskies. Atlantians love their designer dogs, and you'll be sure to see them flaunt their style on walks through the city.
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  • #9 German Shepherd

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    Loyal and intelligent German Shepherds are favored as guard dogs, but are good for anyone who wants to train their dog to learn special skills or to go running with them. Newtown Dream Dog Park is a dream for German Shepherds and their people. You can use the tunnels and ramps for agility training, and the wide open spaces for a rigorous game of fetch.
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  • #8 Yorkie

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    Don't let this breed's cute hairstyles fool you. Yorkshire Terriers were originally bred to hunt rats and have the bold personality to show for it. These brave little dogs will rush to defend you against oncomers of any size. You can reward your Yorkie for their bravery with a doggie mocktail at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, which also allows small dogs to stay overnight.
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  • #7 Pitbull

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    Don't be fooled—the tough-looking Pitbull is rarely the fighter their reputation makes them out to be. Originally known as America's "nanny dog," most pitties are sweet, tolerant, and great for families. Bring one into your home and heart and you'll learn why so many people fall in love with this breed. 
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  • #6 Mutt

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    People who have one will tell you that there's no dog more loyal, brave, or savvy than a mutt. Many start their lives as strays or shelter dogs and are endlessly grateful when they get to go to a fur-ever home. Furkids and Paws Atlanta are two great rescue organizations where you can find your new best friend.
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  • #5 Shih Tzu

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    Friendly and cute, Shih Tzus are also popular for their versatility. They're great lap dogs that also love to run and play. There's no better place to bring your perky little pup than Atlanta's dog parks, where they can show off their personality and make new doggie friends. Afterward, they'll be ready to come home and snuggle on the couch with you.
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  • #4 Labrador Retriever

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    Labrador Retrievers love to run and fetch and are the perfect choice for active families who want to bring their dog along to hike and swim with them. One great place to take your Lab is the East Palisades Trail at the Chattahoochie River, where they can explore miles of trails and go for a swim in the river.
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  • #3 Golden Retriever

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    Golden Retrievers are energetic dogs known for their love of water. This people-pleasing breed also loves to make you happy! Goldens are proud when they can jump into the water and retrieve something you've thrown for them. Two places in Atlanta where your Golden can fulfill their swimming instincts are the dog-friendly lake at Murphy Candler Park and the dog beach at Morningside Nature Preserve.
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  • #2 Chihuahua

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    Chihuahuas are the perfect breed for people who enjoy taking advantage of Atlanta's great nightlife. These portable pups are easy to bring along to the numerous city bars and restaurants that welcome them. Whether you're headed for brunch at Treehouse, or a cocktail at Publico, your chihuahua will be thrilled to come along and pose for some selfies with you.
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  • #1 Lab Mix

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    Friendly, tolerant Labrador Retrievers are one of the most pupular breeds in America. While the purebred Labs are energetic dogs that need lots of walks, the right mix can retain a lab's friendliness while being a little more low-key. This is probably the reason Atlanta professionals prefer lab mixes over any other kind of dog.
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