Meet One of the UK’s Canine Hosts on Airbnb

  • Airbnb reveals homes on the platform with dogs in the UK have welcomed 350,000 guest arrivals so far in 2018
  • Hosts on Airbnb with dogs have welcomed over 100,000 more guest arrivals than hosts with cats this year 


Whether it’s because they’re missing their own pets while travelling, or because they don’t have one of their own at home, guests are opting to stay in homes on Airbnb with dogs across the UK.

In 2018 so far, homes with dogs on Airbnb have welcomed almost 350,000 guests into their homes – almost 100,000 more than the number of guests who have opted to stay in homes with their feline foes.

Koko is a Portuguese water dog from Portsmouth. Her owner and co-host Varpu describes Koko as “a character who is excited about all news people and new things” but was a little nervous about how guests would react to her and she to guests when they first listed their private room on Airbnb. But they needn’t have worried because Koko has thrived as a host and it seems “more and more people specifically book our place because of Koko” Varpu says.

I love hosting because I absolute love our guests as I always get extra attention and cuddles from them. Some guests play with me for hours and some have even taken me for walks. Two of our guests now live next door and look after me every now and again. I sometimes get sad when my favourite guests leave, but it’s okay, because before long I’ll have new ones to play with!

Koko, Portuguese Water Dog, Portsmouth 

Guests using Airbnb can also find canine company with Experiences on Airbnb. There are a variety of pup-focused Experiences across the world, from London, to California, and Australia. Some of these include: 

Meet the Dog Whisperer in Berlin, Germany

Meet, Groom and Walk with Guide Dogs in London, England

Walk with Dogs in Parisian Urban Woodland, France

Walk with Shelter Dogs in Roma, Ukraine

Walk Dogs on the National Mall in Washington, US

Beach Day with Rescue Dogs in San Diego, US

Meet Aussie Sheep Dogs on a Farm in Ballan, Australia

Discover more at and find the warmest of welcomes from hosts on Airbnb and their canine co-hosts.

All homes and Experiences in this press release are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse these listings or any other homes or Experiences on the platform.

*According to Airbnb data between 1 January 2018 – 26 August 2018, as of 24 August 2018