Top 10 Dog Breeds in San Francisco, CA

Introduction

San Francisco is a city that has gone to the dogs, literally! Named the number one dog-friendly city in the country by Animal Planet in 2013 and SmartAsset in 2016, SF is brimming with places and activities that welcome four-legged guests. Hit the streets of San Fran and you'll easily find off-leash parks and beaches, doggie daycares, dog spas, dog bakeries, and Fido-friendly hotels, restaurants, and workplaces. In fact, there are more doggos than children that live here! SF residents obviously love their canine companions, but which breeds are more likely to be spotted in the City by the Bay?

  • #10 Pit Bull

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    “Pit Bull” does not refer to a breed; rather, it is a generic term for Pit Bull-type dogs including the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Pit mixes. Often misunderstood, Pit Bulls make puptastic family companions when provided with lots of TLC and would be excellent additions to any home in the SF suburbs. 

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  • #9 Husky

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    The Siberian Husky is a pack dog that would be more than happy to join your family, even if you already have other canines! This breed, which is notorious for shedding a lot, is pawfectly suited for the cool and foggy weather of San Francisco. Just be prepared to groom your Husky daily during shedding season. 

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  • #8 French Bulldog

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    Frenchies make great companions for city dwellers for a number of reasons: they're affectionate, quiet, do not require much exercise, and get along with families of all sizes! They'll do well in small homes, but their alertness makes them furrific watchdogs whether you live in an apartment or the burbs.

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  • #7 Terrier Mix

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    Generally playful and energetic, Terrier mixes will make sure there's never a dull moment in your home! Furtunately, the city has no shortage of off-leash play areas where your hybrid pooch can run off their energy. SF is also very walkable, so getting Fido's daily exercise in should be a walk in the park!

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  • #6 Lab Mix

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    What do you get when you mix the country's favorite breed with other breeds? Love, loyalty, and a whole lot of cute! Let your Lab mix tag along when you eat out—San Fran is home to over 170 dog-friendly restaurants! One of these is Park Chalet, which has a huge Fido-friendly lawn out back!

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  • #5 German Shepherd

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    Though not the most ideal commute buddy due to their large size, the smart and confident German Shepherd would make a woofderful hiking companion. Head to the Marin Headlands for a view of the Golden Gate Bridge with this adventurous breed who is sure to keep up with even your wildest California adventures!

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  • #4 Chihuahua Mix

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    Jack Chis, Chugs, Chorkies, Cheagles... Whatever the combination, Chihuahua mixes will definitely steal your heart! These pups make great pets for smaller living spaces, which are abundant in the heart of San Francisco. If you're lucky enough to work at a dog-friendly office, take your Chi mix along with you!

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  • #3 Labrador Retriever

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    Easygoing and affectionate—it's no surprise that the Labrador Retriever is America's most pawpular breed and a top dog breed in San Francisco! Easygoing doesn't equal lazy, though. Labs require plenty of exercise, which they can get at SF's many dog parks! Check out Upper Douglass, St. Mary's, and Rincon Hill!

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  • #2 Golden Retriever

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    Friendly and outgoing, Golden Retrievers make furrific family dogs. This water-loving breed will have a barking good time at the city's many off-leash beaches! Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Lands End Beach, and Esplanade Beach are some of the spots where your pup can get a good dose of vitamin sea! 

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  • #1 Chihuahua

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    These small pooches with big personalities are pawfect for city living! Their petite size makes them easy to bring along on SF's famous cable cars and Muni buses. Your Chihuahua is welcome on all Muni vehicles during off-peak hours as long as they are leashed and muzzled or inside a carrier. Note that they'll have to pay a fare, too!

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