6 Pet Friendly International Cities For Travelers

These are some of the most pet friendly international cities, with pet friendly hotels, parks, restaurants, and malls. Ideally a good pet travel city lets you take your dog (in particular) to more places than less. Many of these places listed are in Western Europe, probably the most pet friendly region in the world.

1. Paris

Parisians are known for taking their dogs everywhere but unfortunately for letting them poop everywhere as well. Make sure to clean up after your four-legged friend and you’ll enjoy Paris’ dog friendly parks, restaurants (many allow dogs inside), and shops with your pet.

paris skyline

2. Hamburg

Germany in general is very dog friendly, and you’ll find there are very few places that don’t allow dogs. While sightseeing many churches and museums don’t allow pets but they’re welcome most everywhere else.

hamburg street

3. Amsterdam

This city literally has hundreds of pet friendly hotels and even more pet friendly restaurants, cafes, and bars. Amsterdam has a very liberal pet policy and they are welcome in many museums and other tourist attractions. It’s also a good connection hub and there are plenty of direct flights to Amsterdam from around the world.

boats in amsterdam

4. Rome

Most Italian cities are open to dogs of all shapes and if you’ve got a dog small enough to carry you can bring them almost anywhere, including public transportation (larger dogs need to be bought an extra ticket).

tevere river rome

5. Toronto

Hundreds of pet-friendly accommodations, several off-leash dog parks, and plenty of emergency veterinarian services (just in case) Toronto is one of the best cities in North America to travel with your dog.

royal ontario museum

6. The US West Coast

San Diego, Seattle, and Portland are all great cities to travel with your pet. There are the usual off-leash parks and pet friendly hotels, but also great hiking and outdoor activities right outside of town that will enhance any trip to these cities for you and your pet.

us west coast

For those of you traveling with pets from the US to Europe, make sure you call the embassy to confirm you’ve got all of the necessary papers to bring your pets in each individual country, even if it’s a member of the EU.

[photos by: TaylorMiles, TheManWithoutHair, Claudio.Ar, Giampaolo Macorig, swisscan, Leopoly]

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Richard Z. Cochrane February 1, 2010 at 14:54

Something else about all these cities (I have been to 4 of them) is that they’ve really got there act together with regard to street cleanliness (except Rome which is awful!).

I wonder if there might be a relationship between how clean a city is, and how pet friendly it is? I’m not sure US cities would fare too well as most are based around the car. I think that’s why most of the cities on your list are European, which are more people friendly.

Did you actually take your dog?

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Anil P. February 14, 2010 at 15:39

I have taken my dog to most of the cities on this list. They are clean for he most part and dogs are welcome in more places. Also, like you mention there are lots of people on the streets and walking is much more common than it is in the US, perhaps why there’s so much more attention paid to the streets.

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Susan February 28, 2010 at 21:53

Oh I love Amsterdam! There’s just something about living on the water that is so soothing and settling. I’d love to have those views every day!

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Anil P. March 1, 2010 at 07:01

It’s a beautiful city – a house boat there would be nice 🙂

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Hannah May 6, 2010 at 04:07

It’s our dream to have a good vacation at Rome, of course or dachshund will not left behind. Glad it was on the list of best places to have vacation with dogs…

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Anil P. May 6, 2010 at 12:31

It’s a great city to travel, hope you can make the trip soon! Would love to hear about it, feel free to drop a line to let me know how it goes.

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Pratik July 22, 2010 at 11:59

Hi there, I’ve just been introduced to the world of blogging. We own a pet friendly holiday accommodation property – 4 self contained cottages on 55 acres close to Paws in Australia. Just playing around and trying to locate some relevant blogs and found yours – what a wonderful source of information for families with pets!
This website will definitely help you in protecting your pet ones while you are out for a lovely vacation
Just simply relax because your pet ones are safe and are cared properly…

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Anil P. July 22, 2010 at 13:22

Glad you found me and thanks for the comment. Best of luck with the hotel.

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Sensibletraveler April 3, 2011 at 18:26

My wife and I are toying with taking a road trip to California or Washington with our 44 pound German Shorthair Pointer. Have you stayed in any of the hotels in San Diego or Seattle with your dog? Advice?

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Anil P. April 4, 2011 at 03:51

Unfortunately not in any San Diego or Seattle hotels; though you shouldn’t have any trouble finding pet friendly options in either city. Here’s a good tool to use if you’re worried about finding a place that can help you plan your trip:

http://www.gopetfriendly.com/

Hope this helps, but let me know if you have any other questions.

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