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Best cities in France to live with your dog

On 2024-04-17

In Pet News



Generally speaking, France is a dog-friendly country with an average of 17 dogs per 100 people, which is one of the highest rates in the world. Also, there is a ranking of cities that are best suited to living with a dog. This classification is determined thanks to the various infrastructures dedicated to pet dogs including green spaces, parks and beaches accepting dog walking or even by the presence of dog boarding houses, animal shelters and animal pounds. These cities offer not only dog-friendly infrastructure but also a culture that values ​​and respects pets.

According to the magazine 30 Millions d'Amis and Better Cities for Pets, the metropolis of Lille has been classified as the first city in France where it is good to live with your dog.

Then we find the city of Nice which has 46 green spaces and parks dedicated to dogs. It also has beaches that allow dogs to walk, swim and play with their owners.

Toulon has several dog-friendly spaces and the city founded the Animal Condition Delegation which offers protection services for canines.

Montpellier offers group walks for dogs and their owners every Thursday organized by the city.

Several weekends in Toulouse and Bordeaux are dedicated to fun activities for dogs, group walks and educational courses.

Note that the Corsica department is an ideal destination for a holiday with a dog in France as there are many dog-friendly beaches and magnificent hiking trails with views of the sea.

If you prefer mountainous destinations with few tourists, the Franche-Comté and Jura departments are ideal for walking with your dog.


You are looking for a beach that accepts dog walking, the free directory lists all the beaches allowing the walking of dogs on a leash throughout France:

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