Vancouver Neighborhoods If They Were Dog Breeds
It’s a doggie world! Vancouver loves its pets so much – even though our owners don’t – that we were inspired to find out which dog corresponds to each of Vancouver’s 22 major neighborhoods.
Using information from the American Kennel Club on dog breeds, we’ve tailored the unique look and personality of each corner of Vancouver to a dog.
Arbutus Ridge – Giant Schnauzer
Look at that regal mustache and sleek eyebrows. This whimsical-looking dog is actually a hard-working, alert companion that we can totally imagine walking the arbutus greenway.
Downtown – Papillon
Smart and sassy, these little dogs are the epitome of downtown Vancouver. Also, they are a bit unfriendly to new people. Sounds like a place you know?
Dunbar-Southlands – Brittany
Originally used as a hunting dog, if you’ve ever been to the Southlands – Vancouver’s quiet, exclusive rural horse-filled neighborhood – then you’ll see how this dog does the job.
Fairview – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Fairview is the Golden Loop of neighborhoods. Not too loud, not too quiet, and easily connects to Downtown, Kits, Mount Pleasant, and more. Thus, the Goldilocks of dogs, the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, is neither too small nor too big, active or cold – it fits the mood perfectly.
They may be small, but don’t underestimate the hearty schipperke. It’s double-coated, making it virtually weatherproof, and it’s ready for any adventure.
Hastings-Sunrise – Bichon Frize
Or, really, any tiny white dog will do for the Hastings-Sunrise neighborhood. Can’t you imagine this dog waving a sign, selling his parking space during the PNE?
Kensington Cedar Cottage – Cairn Terrier
Aka Toto from The Wizard of Oz, this wise-looking little companion is easy to live with. Can’t imagine him pulling a little grocery cart behind him down Kingsway?
Kerrisdale – Dalmatian
A classic Vancouver neighborhood matches an iconic dog, the Dalmatian. Its regal spots and gregariousness make it an ideal companion.
Killarney – Old English Sheepdog
This sheepdog is a gentle giant that walks almost like a bear. It’s super friendly with his family, which reminds us of the family pocket of Vancouver called Killarney.
Kitsilano – Italian Greyhound
Active and high-maintenance, this sensitive little dog loves to snuggle up on the couch and loves to run with his chase instinct. Doesn’t that sound like the corner of Vancouver dressed in Lululemon we call Kits?
Marpole – Standard Poodle
Sensitive, highly intelligent and easy-going, Poodles fit the vibe of Marpole, where people are generally friendlier and more laid-back than in other parts of Vancouver.
Mount Pleasant – Australian Shepherd
A cool neighborhood deserves a cool dog who’s up for beers on the patio or a Frisbee in Dude Chilling Park anytime.
Oakridge – Pekingese
You won’t catch this dog running marathons, but he sits and looks pretty and is good at forming strong, loyal bonds with those around him. Although Oakridge is currently undergoing a huge transformation, the character of the neighborhood may change in the years to come.
Renfrew-Collingwood – Australian Cattle Dog
This friendly neighborhood matches the Australian Cattle Dog – a strong, intelligent and active dog that will get into trouble if not challenged.
Riley Park – Border Collie
Friendly, sociable and very active – this dog corresponds to Riley Park, a neighborhood where you will find a tonne outdoor activities to exercise and make new friends.
These adorable dogs have faces of little English gentlemen and fit perfectly into one of the oldest in town neighborhoods.
South Cambie – French Bulldog
The key word for this dog — and this neighborhood — is adaptable. South Cambia has seen and continues to see incredible changes over the past 15 years, and no dog would be as cold to drastic adaptations as the Frenchie.
Both alternative and classic, the cat-like Basenji fits into the historic Strathcona vibe. Plus, they don’t bark, which is just another unique quirk that fits this area of East Vancouver.
Sunset – Basset Hound
Relaxed atmosphere. Sometimes stubborn, this four-legged barrel is a perfect fit for the slow-moving neighborhood of Sunset in South Vancouver.
These chubby little charmers are full of love and fit in well in a large, culturally diverse neighborhood.
West End – Siberian Husky
Showy with a big personality and plenty of vocals, doesn’t the handsome husky fit the loud and proud vibe of the West End while killing on the seawall?
West Point Gray – Bouvier des Flandres
Giving an understated elegance with a friendly face, this large dog is like West Point Grey, which towers over the rest of Vancouver.
Did we understand your neighborhood correctly? Let us know in the comments.