The rise of remote working has prompted many Brits to relocate. For pet-owners considering a move, WeBuyAnyHome has ranked over 130 UK towns and cities based on vital ‘dog-friendly’ factors including average garden (private outdoor space) ratings, average property size, average vet ratings, no. of pet groomers and other pet-relevant amenities and pet-friendly establishments. To fully visualise these findings, WeBuyAnyHome have released an interactive tool, where users can filter by factor or location.
The Best & Worst
House prices in Bromsgrove might set you back by just over £300K but the town has been ranked as the best place to live when considering your pet’s wellbeing and happiness, with scores above UK average on across all factors.
The next best location, Bridgend (Wales), offers prospective buyers the most affordable, most pet-friendly option. The average house price in Bridgend is an appealing £167,325 and ranks just shy of 1st place, placing as 2nd best as most inviting to four-legged neighbours. In comparison, Sevenoaks in Kent, which ranks in third place, is one of the more expensive most pet-friendly options, with average house prices surrounding the half a million mark (£455,828).
London ranks as the worst place to have a pet in the UK — mostly given to the lack of garden space and smaller property sizes amongst the lack of other factors. Pet lovers should also avoid Birmingham and Gateshead if they want easy access to amenities like groomers and training centres.
Space to roam: towns and cities ranked by indoor and outdoor space
Having outdoor space is vital to a pet’s wellbeing. WeBuyAnyHome’s data includes specifics on number and type of garden per property – from balconies and terraces to back and front gardens, each location has been awarded an average ‘garden score’.
Northern Ireland seems to be lousy with private outdoor space as Lisburn ranks 1st in this category, followed by Carrickfergus and Craigavon in second and third. However, the location with the worst average garden space is also found in Northern Ireland: Newtownabbey. Scotland also fares badly, as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen all rank poorly for garden space.
Regarding indoor space, Craigavon (N.Ireland) shines again as it tops the list for the most spacious homes. Derry and Lisburn clinch the second and third place. The least spacious homes are in Newtonabbey, followed by Bournemouth and Glasgow.
The best towns and cities for Pet amenities
The study also considers the quality of local veterinary practices, as finding a good care you can trust is paramount when relocating with your furry family member. Hereford boasts the best veterinary care in the country, tailed by Bingley and Wokingham. Stratford-upon-Avon scores the worst for this factor. London and Rochdale also score lowly for quality of vets.
Newport (Wales) was found to have the most pet shops per capita. Stratford-upon-Avon claims the second most pet shops per capita and Chichester, in West Sussex, comes in third. On the flip side, Luton, London and York ranked worst for number of pet shops.
Having a variety of reliable groomers is also one of the most important amenities when owning a pet. Winning this round were Newport, Ashford and Bridgend, which have the highest ratio of pet-groomers to pets. Unless you part-time as a dog groomer yourself it’s best to avoid London, Slough and Salford, which all offer the least grooming options.
The final amenity the study considers is training centres. Newport (Wales) takes the lead once again, with the most classes and guidance on hand. After that, Ely and Chichester command second and third position. Bingley has the most limited selection of dog trainers, followed by St. Helens in Lancashire and the city of York.
Dog-friendly eateries and activities
The study has also totted up how many dog-friendly eateries you’ll find in each tow/city. Warwick caters best for dog-owners, with options to suit every palette. The next best places to eat out with your pooch are Chichester and Gloucester. A staggering 23 towns and cities listed only one dog-friendly server. Other places you and your canine will struggle to eat out include Milton Keynes, Rochdale and Slough.
Which location in the UK offers the best range of dog-friendly days out? Winning this round is Lincoln, which boasts an impressive range of activities to explore with your dog. Hot on its heels are Warwick and Swansea. The locations with the least dog-friendly days-out were Newmarket, Boston and Doncaster.
Best and worst per region
For those looking to move but stick to their home region, below you can see a summary of the best location per region, and the location to avoid when relocating with your pet.
|Region||Best Location||Worst Location|
|East of England||Maldon||Watford|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Barnsley||Bingley|
Britain’s biggest Dog Lovers
Through compiling our research, we also uncovered a fundamental question: where will one find the UK’s biggest dog lovers? The North-East hosts the most animal-lovers, with 36% of the population owning a dog. With little space to spare in the bustling city, a surprisingly low 9% of Londoners own a dog, placing it at the bottom of the list.