Moving with Fido: Top Dog-friendly Cities in California


Dogs are a man’s best friend, and some families go out of their way to include their furry friends in their moving plan. From spacious backyards to pet-friendly parks, restaurants, and events, they also want Fido to enjoy their new home. If you’re moving to California, here the top cities you should consider:

San Diego

There’s a wide selection of home rentals in San Diego, says Whether you’re staying temporarily or for good, you and your dog won’t run out of fun things to do. The most popular event you can have your little friend join is the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, a free-to-watch dog surfing competition that takes place every summer. If you want Fido to run to his heart’s content, you can take him to Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Park. This sandy island is especially for leash-free dogs, allowing them to run on sandy dunes and dip in calm bay waters.

Los Angeles

As one of the main cities in California, many houses for rent or sale have spacious backyards where dogs and children can play and run around. Apart from attractions like the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park and Runyon Canyon Park, you can also find many dog-friendly restaurants in the city. In addition, a number of events take place every month like outdoor movies and the Doggie Street Festival.

San Francisco

From spacious house and land packages to pet-friendly apartment buildings, you can find them all in SF. This city has the third most number of dog parks — 27 and counting — in the U.S. These include the wide and spacious Golden Gate Park, Bernal Hill Dog Park at Bernal Heights, and Fort Funston where you can let your dog run off leash.The city has dog-friendly restaurants with patio dining and about 50 different dog meetup groups online.

These are only some of the most dog-friendly cities in California. Whether you’re planning to stay temporarily or permanently, you can find a property that everybody—including your dogs—can enjoy.

Readers Comments (3)

  1. Let me add to this list: Carmel, Palm Springs, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Desert Hot Springs, Long Beach, Cambria, Lake Arrowhead, South Lake Tahoe… and the list goes on. You can’t go wrong if you want to move to California.

  2. Guadalupe J. Rose July 27, 2015 @ 2:04 am

    You mentioned the main cities (and the most expensive ones to live in tbh) but you arent wrong about them being dog friendly. I live in San Francisco and there’s not a day I won’t see a dog hanging out with their owner.

  3. Hanh K. Robinson July 27, 2015 @ 2:44 am

    Lake Arrowhead? I do not find the first comment convinving. It only has one dog friendly attraction as far as I can remember.

    Nice post btw. I live in Los Angeles 😉


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