The Most Elegant Dogs in the World Live (and shop) in Vienna, Austria

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Some people love to check out the local architecture, fashions, or cuisines as they travel. I love to check out the local dogs.

Whether it’s the majestic Maremma sheep dogs in Tuscany, the hardy chihuahuas braving the cold in Stockholm, or a bearded collie patiently awaiting his owner’s return in Canterbury, one thing always remains the same– every city loves their dogs.

But of all the cities I’ve visited, there is something about the dogs of Vienna that sets them apart from other dogs.

dalmation with black and white spotsWhy Viennese dogs are the most elegant dogs in the world.

1.  Viennese dogs are perfectly groomed.

fluffy poodle on walk

Coiffed, but never overdone, this fluffy poodle takes a late evening stroll on the Ringstrasse.

white dog

Not a speck of dirt on this spotless white hound.

hunde salon vienna dog grooming

Perhaps they are frequent visitors to the hunde salon?

2.  Viennese dogs are well-mannered.

auburn dog in vienna

This leash-free dog walked the grounds of Kunsthalle museum like he owned the place.

Unlike some American children, Viennese dogs don’t require a leash to behave. I saw many dogs wander around leash-free, then, without a single word or whistle from their owner, swiftly rejoin them at their side.

off leash dog on street in Vienna Austria europe

Off leash on the busiest shopping street in Vienna? No problem!

3.  Viennese dogs are gorgeous.

black pug walking

Hello pretty pug.

brown long haired chihuahua

This is Max, the most adorable chihuahua in Vienna.

white and grey dog

chihuahua on a walk

black scottish terrier


yorksire terrier puppy

german shepard vienna

This gentle pup enjoyed a toy break.

black and tan dog cute4.  Viennese dogs blend in on public transport.

golden retriever on train vienna

Dogs both small and large are allowed on the u-bahn trains, no carrier required. This golden retriever sweeps gracefully through the train terminal.

hound holding leash dog

This hound helpfully holds his own leash while his owner takes a rest in the train station.

dog rides escalator

Viennese dogs are skilled at riding escalators. Two paws on each stair, please.

white pomeranian at aiport

This adorable furball pranced happily through the Vienna airport.

Viennese dogs also are frequent fliers– instead of being stuck in a carrier, they waltz right through the airport– even post-security at the international gate.

short legs dog
I even spotted this pooch off the leash at the airport.

5.  Viennese dogs are stylishly dressed.

chihuahua in fur collar coat.

This chihuahua sports a fur-trimmed collar on her coat.

No garish designs for these dogs, they are all tastefully dressed.  So where do Viennese dogs shop for their elegant coats, sweaters and leashes?

dog boutiqueViennese dogs (and their owners) hit local shops like Katz and Hund for their doggie duds.  But you don’t have to have a Viennese dog to shop here– doggie clothes and accessories make a great souvenir to bring home for your own pooch. Katz and Hund features many local Viennese designers.

knit dog sweater white

dog collars handmade in vienna austria

Locally made collars make a great souvenir.

chihuahua in dog bedThe pooch-in-residence, Max, is available to assist you with your purchases (when he isn’t napping).

Even if you can’t get your dog to act like a perfect Viennese hund, at least they can look the part.

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Vienna Souvenir Shopping Details:
Katz & Hund
Lange Gasse 11
Vienna, Austria

For more posts on Austria, check out:
Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace Christmas market
Wrap-up of the best and worst Viennese Christmas Markets

All photos by Souvenir Finder, Copyright 2013, all rights reserved and may not be used without express permission.

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26 Responses to The Most Elegant Dogs in the World Live (and shop) in Vienna, Austria

  1. fingknitcoolgal 12/28/2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Vienna looks like a heaven for dogs and dog owners! I assume restaurants and hotels are dog- friendly too? I wish UK is a lot more dog-friendly!! The Japanese are crazy about dogs but the environment is not so dog-tolerant. Dogs have to be in the carrier with lid closed on public transport and unless it is stated otherwise, restaurants and cafés are out of bound… (>_<) x

    • Kristin Francis 12/28/2013 at 10:48 pm #

      In a very fancy cafe at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, I saw a chihuahua sitting on a plush pile of pillows on a little settee next to her owner! I don’t think it’s every hotel and restaurant, but more than the US which is none! I got scolded on the nyc subway because my chi had poked her head out of the carrier. Some hotels in the US are dog friendly, but many have high cleaning fees and some even require you hire a dog sitter if you leave your pup alone in the room.

  2. mustlovebullies 12/28/2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Loved this, thank you!

  3. sueslaght 12/28/2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Great post Kristin. I’m typically writing about dogs and their reactions to cyclists so this post on shopping dogs is a lovely change!

    • Kristin Francis 01/11/2014 at 11:00 am #

      Lol! just saw this Sue sorry for the delayed response– thanks for the nice compliment! Maybe you should leave a trail of puppy treats in your wake to make them more cylclist friendly!

  4. 12/31/2013 at 7:22 am #

    Kristin, Those truly are some much-loved pooches! And you’re right – they’re gorgeous! Happy New Year to you. We have so enjoyed getting to know you this year and look forward to more of your wonderful posts. 🙂 ~ Terri & James

    • Kristin Francis 01/03/2014 at 7:31 pm #

      Thanks so much for your kind words– you are my fav travel bloggers anywhere so I am honored with the compliment! Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Samuel Jeffery 01/11/2014 at 5:39 am #

    Those certainly are the most elegant dogs I’ve ever seen! I thought in Korea, where I taught for several years, they really pampered their pets but this is the new extreme. In my opinion, pets should be spoiled 🙂

    • Kristin Francis 01/11/2014 at 10:57 am #

      Samuel- thrilled to have you stop by! You were the first travel blog I ever read and your site has been an invaluable guide and resource for me. : )
      Pets should definitely be spoiled (I write this as my chihuahua sits in my lap demanding more petting). That’s interesting to hear about Korea as I wasn’t there long enough to get that insider perspective– but they certainly had some cute dog outfits at the Dongdaemun market. I’ll have to look out for the pups on my next trip there!

  6. lmjapan 01/19/2014 at 1:54 am #

    Ah this post brought a smile to my face. I will have to show it to my mother’s Shiba Inu. He is quite the ill-behaved boy and perhaps seeing this will make him mend in his fractious ways lol.

  7. Travelling King Blog 02/08/2014 at 7:36 am #

    Its fantastic to see a city that loves their dogs! And respect them!
    Max is my fave!!

    • Kristin Francis 02/08/2014 at 9:22 am #

      I know, it makes me want to fly my chihuahua over for a visit!

  8. mytanfeet 02/08/2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Awww so adorable!! This makes me miss my dog even more. It’s so funny how dogs behave differently all over the world. There are tons of mutts and street dogs here but they’re all so well behaved! Not the best smelling but very sweet. I love how posh some of these ones look! So cute

  9. Michele 02/09/2014 at 4:27 am #

    Beautiful photos obviously well loved and spoilt pooches in Vienna.

  10. Brigitta Hartl-Wagner 03/15/2014 at 2:04 am #

    I loved your story and the pictures! The Hotel Sacher has created a special Sacher Pets Program for guests taking their dog with them and both, guests and dogs, like it!

    • Kristin Francis 03/15/2014 at 7:28 am #

      Thanks for the comment and great tip! If the flight weren’t so long I would definitely bring my chihuahua on my next visit to Vienna– she loves grand hotels! : )

  11. Bonny 03/16/2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Thanks for reminding me of the posh well-groomed dogs in Austria! I remember being amazed to see them sitting on chairs with their owners in (indoor!) cafes.

  12. Mindi @ 2foodtrippers 07/28/2014 at 10:32 pm #

    What a fun photo essay. And I have to say that Max is ridiculously adorable!

  13. Anne 07/29/2014 at 11:21 am #

    Since I stalk pretty dogs at home, this series of photos was quite a treat! Haha. SO CUTE.

  14. Jenny | A Thing For Wor(l)ds 07/29/2014 at 4:06 pm #

    I make a big distinction between puppies and dogs (so into the first, not so into the latter) which may make me heartless. BUT, I have to say I was falling for a couple of these cuties 😉

    • Kristin Francis 07/29/2014 at 4:20 pm #

      I forgot the aversion! How could you not love Max.

  15. Francesca Mazurkiewicz 07/30/2014 at 9:37 am #

    Having recently been to Vienna, I can say I’m not surprised you think the city is home to the world’s most elegant dogs. The whole CITY is elegant! I don’t recall seeing too many dogs while I was there, though. Maybe they all were at the hunde salon….

    • Kristin Francis 07/30/2014 at 11:18 am #

      I noticed so many sweet dogs on my first trip (6 chihuahuas on my first day!) so I made a point of photographing them on my return trip. There is so much to take in though in Vienna it’s easy to be distracted by everything else!

  16. Nick Huggins (@NicksTravelBug) 07/31/2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Wow so apparently everyone has a dog there.

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