It seems like everyone has a dog these days, and for good reason. They can be great companions, a form of protection and we can’t forget how cute they are!
If you don’t already own a dog you’re definitely missing out, but before making the big jump to getting one you may want to find out how dog-friendly your country is. The chart above uses eight factors to rank the 50 most (and least) dog-friendly countries, and you’ll be surprised at which countries did and did not make the top of the chart.
Italy, New Zealand and France rank as the top three dog-friendly countries while the USA ranks surprisingly low at spot thirteen. A shocking factor you may not have considered is the amount of dog meat consumed in your country, and if you live in Vietnam, Switzerland, or China this might be of concern to you. Vietnam and China also have no laws on animal rights and are high risk for rabies, which contributes to their ranking as the bottom two dog-friendly countries.
On the other hand, if you like to travel, care deeply about animal rights or want to ensure adequate veterinary care for your pet there are a lot of great options for living and travel. Personally, I know that no matter where I travel in the United States I’ll have access to pet-friendly hotels and be close to a vet in case of an emergency, two things very important to me. If you have a dog or plan on getting one check out the chart to see where your country stands in the ranking.