This Survey Says Milwaukee Is the Worst City to be a Dog

This is rough, but we have some concerns about the data.

Bad news. Milwaukee is ranked dead last on this study of the best American cities to be a dog.

Seriously dead last — we got beat out by Louisville and Detroit, and we weren’t even close to Tampa, Orlando, and Las Vegas, the top three.

Honest Paws, a company that makes CBD products for pets (which is kinda amusing), put together the study by grouping nine factors: pet-friendly restaurants, breweries, hotels, beaches, rentals, dog parks, veterinarians and hiking trails per 100,000 people. And then whether or not the state had a breed-specific legislation ban, which means a ban on legislation that discriminates against a specific breed of dog, usually pitbulls and rottweilers. If the city did have that ban, it got a higher rating.



Weighing each of those factors, they came up with a final score for the city.

Tampa secured its top spot with a score of 43.01.

And Milwaukee?



Citing the city’s low number of veterinarians and dog parks, as well as a lack of breed-specific legislation bans, Honest Paws dropped us to the bottom.

But there’s reason to be suspicious.

According to the study, Milwaukee only has three veterinarians and three dog parks. A look at Yelp or the Yellow Pages shows that we have more than three veterinarians. The number is closer to ten. The study pulled that info from “BringFido,” a dog travel directory website, and it appears as though it’s not correct. 

Also, according to the county website, we have four off-leash dog parks, not three. So with those faults in hand, it looks like Milwaukee might actually not be nearly as bad as this study says. 



Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.