Top 10 Dog Breeds in Chicago, IL

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If you're on the lookout for the pawrfect dog-friendly city, look no further than Chicago! This metropolitan hotspot was rated #6 on SmartAsset's 2018 list of Most Dog Friendly Cities in the United States. What makes Chicago such a pawsome place to visit? With over 565 dog-friendly restaurants and stores, not to mention the many off-leash dog beaches, parks, hotels, doggy spas, and more, your doggo is not only welcome; he's wanted in the Windy City! Whether you reside in Chi-Town or have just stopped by for a visit, you can't deny that this is a city that is big on dogs. But just which breeds top the list as the most commonly spotted canines in Chicago?

#1 Golden Retriever

A highly active breed known for their love of water, the Golden Retriever is one doggo who is always up for an adventure! Whether it's a swim at the off-leash Montrose Dog Beach, or a rousing game of fetch at one of the many dog-friendly parks, the fun-loving, affectionate Golden Retriever is bound to have a doggone good time!

#2 Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle is a highly pawpular family dog. A breed that adapts well to both city dwelling and country life, the Goldendoodle's sunny personality makes it naturally gravitate towards gatherings with people. The busy Chicago streets are a treasure trove of social opportunities for this sweet-natured doggo. The Goldendoodle also loves water, so a trip to the Belmont Harbor Dog Beach would be a pawsome treat!

#3 Chihuahua

Don't be fooled by the Chihuahua's diminutive size! A pint-sized dog with attitude to spare, the Chihuahua blends pawrfectly with the Windy City's confident vibe. Though not a breed that loves children, they do crave quality time with their favorite people. A courageous and intelligent little breed, the Chihuahua welcomes leisurely walks through the park and is the ideal subway commuter!
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#4 Labrador Retriever

Known as the ideal family dog, the Labrador Retriever is most happy being with its people. A breed known for its high energy requirements, the Lab makes a pawrfect hiking partner. Sweet-natured to its core and a lover of both dogs and people, the Lab is one doggo that would relish a trip to one of Chicago's pawsome dog parks!

#5 Mutt

Schnoodle, Cockapoo, Frenchton...mixed breeds are known by various different handles, but all earn two paws up in the hearts of Chicago dog lovers. The mutt varies as much in personality as it does in size, shape, and color, but one common denominator with each mutt is its desire to get out and discover life in the Windy City!

#6 Pitbull

The typical Pitbull is a goofy dog that loves the company of its family. An incredibly high drive breed with the strength to back up its terrierific energy, this breed is not for the novice owner. Thankfully, the Pitbull is eager to please and is up for any adventure that Chi-Town has to offer.

#7 Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is an amiable little dog with a royal attitude. A dog known for its mischievous nature, the Shih Tzu is game for whatever is on the agenda. An easy companion, the Shih Tzu is a doggo that just enjoys being with its family whether they are sailing the Chicago seas on a Mercury Canine Cruise or picnicking in the park.

#8 Lab Mix

Lab mixes come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing most share in common is their exuberant, playful nature. A pawsitively delightful breed with lots of energy to burn, the Lab mix is quite at home on a chase through Chicago's wooded trails, putting its natural intelligence to the test. This amiable fellow is very social, making him an ideal companion to take to any pawblic place.

#9 German Shepherd

Incredibly intelligent and with energy to spare, the German Shepherd is the pawrfect dog for the family on the go. A puptastic fit for the active Chi-town lifestyle, the German Shepherd loves the opportunity to train and to work. A dog that picks up on new skills with ease, the German Shepherd thrives when being given the opportunity to exercise both its body and its brain.

#10 Beagle Mix

Whether you have a Cheagle, a Puggle, or a Doxle, there's no better friend to explore the Windy City than with your Beagle Mix. Because the Beagle was originally bred as a scenthound, your Beagle Mix will likely be more than happy to accompany you to new places where they can find interesting scents. Let your pup exercise their nose at Chicago's dog-friendly parks, restaurants, and neighborhoods!