Golden retriever being walked by its owner
Golden retriever being walked by its owner

SmartAsset analyzed data using a range of metrics to figure out which city was the most dog friendly. Staffer Lily Weinberg explains some of the metrics such as dog accessibility and the quality of life for your pet.

From the data it's apparent that the west is a little more dog-friendly, seven of the top ten cities are found on that side of the country, and the South may not be the best place for you and your pooch. If you're a San Franciscan with a dog you're in luck, your city came in first place:

While San Francisco might stretch (or even break!) your housing budget, your pup will thank you for it. The City by the Bay has the seventh most dog parks per 100,000 residents and ranks second in walkability score. What really sets this city apart is the numerous dining options you and your four-legged friend can enjoy. San Fran boasts 174 dog-friendly restaurants.

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