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?
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!
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!
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!
making friends at the dog park!
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.