Devon is viewed by many dog owners to be the most pet-friendly county for holidays in England. Not only is there are surprisingly large number of pet welcome holiday homes but the general public affection and efforts made to meet dog needs is also better than in other parts of England.
Devon is hugely popular as an English summer holiday destination and it is easy to find a big selection of dog-friendly holiday cottages to rent in Devon. Most of the holiday cottages will have gardens where guests may leave their pets safe if they go out for a few hours.
The holiday cottages may be individual privately owned holiday homes or on a holiday park. Pet-friendly cottages on a holiday park are generally cheaper than an independent cottage and your choice depends on how much you value privacy and seclusion.
Admittedly Devon is highly rural and the number of dog owning families is therefore high. It makes sense to own a dog in Devon when miles of cross country paths are there to be walked. Pub and restaurant owners leave bowls of drinking water out for visitors with dogs because it is expected of them. Although food and hygiene laws prevent dogs entering certain establishments, there are various corners in gardens where dogs can be left safely. Country pubs and eateries have the edge in welcoming visitors with dogs during the summer months because they have large gardens with tables where guests are welcome to eat and bring their dogs.
Miles of Devon coastline is another draw for dog owners, also the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, although dogs must be kept on leads because of the presence of livestock.
Dogs are restricted to periods from October until the end of April on the main Devon beaches. There are still plenty of small stretches of beach that are undeveloped where dogs can be exercised.