Top Dog Breeds in San Francisco in 2021

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Often named one of the most dog-friendly cities in the US, San Francisco boasts numerous places where you can bring your furry BFF. From parks, trails and beaches to dog-furiendly restaurants, this city has it all for its canine residents! Dogs are also welcome at several tourist attractions, and can even hop on public transportation during off-peak hours. Moreover, SF’s high walkability and mild climate mean that pups can enjoy its furbulous sights, sounds, and scents all year round. No wonder dogs outnumber children here! But which breeds will make the best four-legged San Franciscans?

#1. Goldendoodle

San Franciscans who are looking for their first canine companion will find a good match in the Goldendoodle. The offspring of Golden Retriever and Poodle parents, this pawpular hybrid is easy to train and highly affectionate. They do need daily exercise though, but that can be accomplished with a walk around Haight-Ashbury or off-leash play at the Buena Vista Dog Park!

#2. Golden Retriever

For a canine who appreciates the outdoors as much as you do, say hello to the Golden Retriever. Built to work for hours on end, this sociable breed requires plenty of exercise each day, be it walking, jogging, or swimming. Your Golden will eagerly tag along to SF’s beaches, many of which welcome four-legged visitors. Head to Baker Beach for a view of the bridge!

#3. Poodle

Often misunderstood due to their elaborate haircuts, the Standard Poodle is actually an athletic and versatile dog that was bred to hunt. Whether it’s checking out the Mission District murals or hiking up to Coit Tower, a Poodle will gladly accompany you without any complaints! For help in maintaining their curly coat, just make your way to one of the city’s many groomers.
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#4. American Staffordshire Terrier

If you’re looking for an energetic partner to run with you every morning at the Golden Gate Park, look no further than the American Staffordshire Terrier. Though this breed descended from fighting and baiting dogs, the AmStaff is an affectionate pup who loves being with their family. They also enjoy mental and physical challenges and are always up for anything!

#5. Jack Russell Terrier

Despite their small size, the Jack Russell Terrier is far from being a lap dog. This little furball of energy is very active and can be a handful for new pup parents. Furtunately, San Francisco is home to several dog parks that can meet their exercise needs. Anyone who can devote time and patience to a JRT will find that they make great family dogs.

#6. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is friendly to everyone they meet and has endless affection for their family. Because they were bred to work in the water, one of the Lab’s favorite activities is swimming, which they can do plenty of at the Fort Funston Doggie Beach. Labs also love to eat—luckily, San Fran has dog bakeries that can cater to that huge appetite!

#7. Labradoodle

A cross between the Labrador and the Poodle, the Labradoodle is a woofderful addition to any family with older children and/or a larger home, as their high energy level makes them less appropriate for younger kids and apartment living. This hybrid breed not only loves people but also gets along with other pooches, so they’ll have no problem 

making friends at the dog park! 

#8. Shiba Inu

An ancient breed from Japan, the Shiba Inu is a pawfect companion for urban adventures on foot. Once used as hunting dogs, Shibas are now content with spending time with their family. They enjoy going for walks and have a thick double coat that’s handy in cold weather—no need to bring out a doggie sweater once San Francisco’s famous fog rolls in.

#9. Dalmatian

Whether you’re strolling around the Palace of Fine Arts or hiking Twin Peaks, the Dalmatian will happily trot alongside you. This athletic breed used to accompany horse-drawn carriages and was built to go the distance, making them ideal running and hiking buddies. Aside from physical activity, they love companionship. Include your Dal in everything you do and you’ll have a very happy pup.

#10. Shih Tzu

For a pint-sized companion that’s easy to tote around the city, the Shih Tzu is a furrific choice. Charming and outgoing, Shih Tzus were bred to be house companions, but will definitely not mind being taken along to brunch at Universal Cafe or going for a ride on SF’s iconic cable cars. And since they require minimal exercise, they do well in smaller living spaces.