Meet the Winners

Being named DogTown USA is no easy feat. Every year DOG FANCY readers nominate cities to be crowned top dog. The editors spend months reviewing and researching each city to determine just how dog-friendly they are. The winners and runner's up chosen each feature dog-friendly activities, restaurants and businesses, dog parks, medical specialists, pro-dog legislation, and other criteria that make them a true dog town.


mixed breed dog

2012 DogTown USA

Just around the bend.
Residents of the winning Oregon city work, dine, and stay fit with their dogs. 

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Editor Ernie Slone Visits Bend >>
2012 Runners-Up >>


2011 DogTown USA

Coeur d’Alene is a slice of dog heaven.
No single person, organization, or law can make a city dog-friendly. It takes ongoing effort and dedication from many people.

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Editor Ernie Slone Visits Coeur d'Alene >>

dog in leaves 2010 DogTown USA

Provincetown may be small, but it’s a huge hub of dog love.
It takes dedicated people to create a town that’s truly friendly to its four-footed population. Provincetown does a lot right when it comes to dogs.


black dog

2009 DogTown USA

This year, California made a clean sweep.
San Diego, Huntington Beach, and Carmel-by-the-Sea ranked as the best big, medium, and small cities for dogs and their owners. These cities set the standard for canine excellence.

border collie in snow 2008 DogTown USA

Colorado Springs, Colo., takes dog-friendliness to new heights.
Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about dogs. And for dog owners looking to supersize their bliss, nothing beats living in a city that embraces all things dog.

 dog on beach  2007 DogTown USA

San Diego: Where it’s good to be a dog.
From an unbeatable climate to stunning coastlines, and cutting-edge animal shelters to enviable community support, San Diego ran away with the top honors this year.

dog in city 2006 DogTown USA

The City of Roses tops the list of dog-friendliest towns in 2006.
With unmatched geography and trend-setting attitude, this city oozes canine-centric perfection.

dog park 2005 DogTown USA

The Windy City tops the list of best places to be a dog in 2005.
Open space. Good healthcare. Easy access to top medical professionals. Activities galore. These are all important aspects when choosing a place to live — even if you’re a dog.



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