Best in Show: The Ruff Guide to Los Angeles

Pick a pup and explore a new neighborhood.

Corgi at the Coliseum | Illustration by Max Kornell


Illustrations by Max Kornell

We've all heard of guide dogs, but how about letting dogs guide you to a new neighborhood? Pick a breed and read on for our "ruff" guide to Los Angeles.

Don't miss Dogs! A Science Tail, the new special exhibition for humans that's now open at the California Science Center (700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles 90037). Let curiosity be your guide and discover life from a dog's point of view. Sniff out the science behind our puppy love and explore the way a dog sees, hears, and smells the world through fun and engaging hands-on exhibits. From lovable companions to loyal protectors, dogs live and work alongside us. Dig the science beneath our enduring bond in this unique 9,000 square-foot exhibition. And some guests may catch a visit from our volunteer partners and their rescue dogs, service dogs, and companion dogs. Demonstrations are subject to availability. For more information, visit the California Science Center website.

Australian Shepherd in the Arts District | Illustration by Max Kornell

Australian Shepherd in the Arts District | Illustration by Max Kornell

Arts District: Australian Shepherd

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Bumping with work/live spaces, the Arts District has recently become one of the most desirable areas for young professionals, fashionistas, foodies, and artists. It’s filled with hip breweries, street art, and Instagrammers snapping photos left and right.

 

THE BREED
The Aussie is all about “work hard, play hard.” Just like the crowd in the Arts District. Well-rounded with great character, these working dogs have big personalities. And we’ve never met one that isn’t a great Instagram model.

Golden Retriever at the Getty Center in Brentwood | Illustration by Max Kornell

Golden Retriever at the Getty Center in Brentwood | Illustration by Max Kornell

Brentwood: Golden Retriever

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Cozy, quiet, and suburban. Brentwood is known for being well-maintained and family-oriented.

 

THE BREED
Iconic all-around family dog. Outgoing, energetic, and wholesome. Catch him jogging alongside a stroller down the neighborhood streets of Brentwood.

Shar-Pei in Chinatown | Illustration by Max Kornell

Shar-Pei in Chinatown | Illustration by Max Kornell

Chinatown: Shar-Pei

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
One of LA's most popular cultural destinations, Chinatown is experiencing a renaissance with a new generation of restaurants, bars and galleries.

 

THE BREED
Known for its deep wrinkles and blue-black tongue, Shar-Peis are independent, traditional and clean. One of China's oldest dog breeds, this ancient pedigree is steadfastly loyal to his family. Literally translated as "sand-skin" Shar Pei wrinkles make them a one-of-a-kind companion and guardian dog.

Pug in Echo Park | Illustration by Max Kornell

Pug in Echo Park | Illustration by Max Kornell

Echo Park: Pug

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Echo Park is the definition of cool. Residents often have a Mid-Century Modern style and the classic Eames chair can be spotted through their living room windows.

 

THE BREED
That big-eyed stare is full of charm. Pugs can pull off any outfit, including dog hoodies, sunglasses, and booties. But still, they somehow always seem unimpressed, in true hipster style.

Corgi at the Coliseum | Illustration by Max Kornell

Corgi at the Coliseum | Illustration by Max Kornell

Exposition Park: Corgi

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Exposition Park is a collection of world-class museums, educational and sport facilities and entertainment venues. Within the 160-acre campus, you can experience the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, explore the Natural History Museum or relax in the City of Los Angeles Rose Garden. The landmark Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Los Angeles Football Club Banc of California Stadium and the EXPO Center is a hub of sports and activities.

 

THE BREED

Chasing balls (with surprising speed, charisma, and agility) are enjoyable for this enthusiastic breed. Spirited and athletic, Corgis are serious barkers, as they love to cheer their home team.

Boston Terrier in Highland Park | Illustration by Max Kornell

Boston Terrier in Highland Park | Illustration by Max Kornell

Highland Park: Boston Terrier

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Another neighborhood rich with history, Highland Park has undergone recent transformations and is no stranger to iconic food trucks, bakeries, and breweries.

 

THE BREED
Boston Terriers are packed with energy. They look similar to their trendier cousins, the French Bulldog, and have both an attitude and a humor about them that makes them unique, just like HP.

Yorkshire Terrier at the Hollywood Sign | Illustration by Max Kornell

Yorkshire Terrier at the Hollywood Sign | Illustration by Max Kornell

Hollywood: Yorkshire Terrier

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Entertainment central. While you’d imagine finding paparazzi following celebrities around, Hollywood is full of tourists, landmarks, and attractions galore.

 

THE BREED
It’s all about the glamour. Often clad with hair accessories, the Yorkie is a breed that everyone knows, just like Hollywood as a neighborhood.

Greyhound at The Wiltern | Illustration by Max Kornell

Greyhound at The Wiltern | Illustration by Max Kornell

Koreatown: Greyhound

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Classified as an “up and coming” neighborhood, Koreatown is not quite as prim and proper as the neighborhoods to its west. Exotic, diverse, and filled with 24/7 spas and hidden gems. Party town at night, but walkable and good vibes. Come here for something fun and different.

 

THE BREED
A beloved companion animal for thousands of years, Greyhounds are perhaps best known for their remarkably affectionate disposition. Their gentle, yet independent spirit invokes inspiration in their humans.

Labradoodle at LAX | Illustration by Max Kornell

Labradoodle at LAX | Illustration by Max Kornell

LAX: Labradoodle

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

One of the world's busiest airports, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is home to the Googie landmark Theme Building and offers plenty of layover options, from dozens of L.A.-based dining options to coastal biking along the Strand.

 

THE BREED

Known for being friendly, affectionate, even-tempered and smart, it's no wonder that Labradoodles are the most popular breed in the LAX Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) program.

Miniature Schnauzer at the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park | Illustration by Max Kornell

Miniature Schnauzer at the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park | Illustration by Max Kornell

Leimert Park: Miniature Schnauzer

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Here you can find jazz, hip hop, and poetry slams. Home of the Leimert Art Walk, where you can pick up art, fashion, and jewelry on a regular basis. Grab food at the local BBQ or spicy Jamaican cuisine.

 

THE BREED
Friendly, fearless, spirited. They have personalities bigger than they are, are spunky, sociable, and charming.

Shiba in Little Tokyo

Shiba Inu in Little Tokyo | Illustration by Max Kornell, Animation by Dave Geraghty

Little Tokyo: Shiba Inu

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Known for delicious Japanese eats, from ramen to udon to sushi. Home to a tranquil outdoor shopping area lined with lanterns, souvenir/bookstores, and even a bakery to get steaming hot Nikuman.

 

THE BREED
One of the most well-known Japanese breeds, Shibas are independent, good-natured and dignified. A perfect representation of the country they originate from.

Standard Poodle in Malibu | Illustration by Max Kornell

Standard Poodle in Malibu | Illustration by Max Kornell

Malibu: Standard Poodle

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Laidback luxury beach town. Ocean backdrops and quintessential surfer vibes, seaside city with expensive boutique malls.

 

THE BREED
One of the most posh-looking dogs there is. The Poodle is confident, smart, and got just the right amount of attitude.

Westie at Idle Hour in North Hollywood | Illustration by Max Kornell

Westie at Idle Hour in North Hollywood | Illustration by Max Kornell

North Hollywood: Westie

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Filled with bars, shops and eateries, North Hollywood is known for its numerous theatres and thriving gallery scene.

 

THE BREED
The busy Westie is always in the thick of things and defines “good vibes.” Looks a little rough around the edges but is full of self-esteem and joy.

Portuguese Water Dog at Angels Gate Lighthouse in San Pedro | Illustration by Max Kornell

Portuguese Water Dog at Angels Gate Lighthouse in San Pedro | Illustration by Max Kornell

San Pedro: Portuguese Water Dog

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Home to the Port of Los Angeles, beautiful parks, beaches, aquarium, and boating adventures. San Pedro is a beach town that also has a small town feel.

 

THE BREED
Energetic, outgoing, and as the name suggests, has an affinity for anything water related. The perfect pup to spend time shopping and playing ball with on the 'Pedro waterfront.

French Bulldog in Silver Lake | Illustration by Max Kornell

French Bulldog in Silver Lake | Illustration by Max Kornell

Silver Lake: French Bulldog

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Hip and edgy, Silver Lake is a creative neighborhood that knows how cool it is. Here you can find great Mexican food, speakeasies, and eclectic cafes.

 

THE BREED
Playful, affectionate, and has an almost comical personality. Has become super trendy in recent years. Just like the neighborhood.

Chihuahua in Studio City | Illustration by Max Kornell

Chihuahua in Studio City | Illustration by Max Kornell

Studio City: Chihuahua

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Another major film location but with more of a natural feel. Good for easy hikes and home to many who work in the entertainment industry.

 

THE BREED
The Chihuahua is the quintessential entertainment / movie industry dog. Smart and sassy, they often have plucky and outgoing personalities.

Brussels Griffon at the Venice Sign | Illustration by Max Kornell

Brussels Griffon at the Venice Sign | Illustration by Max Kornell

Venice: Brussels Griffon

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Exploding with personality. Lined with palm trees, its residents are full of character. Great for people watching. Charming, eccentric, Bohemian, quirky.

 

THE BREED
Definitely has a unique look to him. The Brussels Griffon is alert and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.