Charleston area No. 1 in nation for dogs; 68% of households own one

Jul 18 2016 6:00 am

Man’s best friend has landed Charleston at the top of another list.

According to, the Holy City and its surrounding beaches are No. 1 when it comes to dogs.


The ranking is based on the percentage of households that own a dog; number of dog parks, trails and beaches; number of dog-friendly restaurants and bars; number of pet service providers; and affordable dog-walkers.The report says 68 percent of households in the Charleston area own a dog.

“The rapport between humans and dogs in Charleston goes way back, long before the city was named one of the most dog-friendly cities by,” according to “Poogan’s Porch, one of the city’s oldest restaurants, was named after the dog that began parking himself on the, um, porch in 1976. After being adopted by the owner, Poogan served as the restaurant’s official greeter.”

The report goes on to say, “Apart from dog parks and trails, dogs can also enjoy the area’s five dog-friendly beaches. Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island beaches even allow them to go off-leash at certain hours (depending on the season). The beloved Yappy Hour summer music series at James Island County Park features music and beverages for dog owners and their pups all summer long. You can even take your hound with you on an old Charleston Ghost Tour! For protection, of course.”

The report says 54.4 million, or 44 percent of, households in America, own at least one dog, according to the American Pet Products Association survey. Those with cats come in at 35 percent.

People also spare no expense when it comes to pets. Spending on pets more than doubled from 2001 to 2015, going from $28.5 billion to $60.28 billion, according to the APPA.