Understanding Dog Ownership in Hong Kong
A dog is a man’s best friend. Having a dog for a pet is one of the best ways to have a loyal companion in your life. Legally owning a dog in Hong Kong has some pre-requirements that need to be fulfilled. This article talks about how you can get started with the process.
In Hong Kong it is illegal to own a dog that is more than five months old and is not licensed.
Every dog you own must be
- Aged over three months
- Inoculated against rabies
To obtain a license for your dog you must take it to one of the following Animal Management Centers (AMCs) located at various places in Hong Kong.
- Animal Management Center
- Hong Kong Animal Management Center
- Kowloon Animal Management Center
- New Territories South Animal Management Center
- New Territories North Animal Management Center
Each of these centers is open each day of the week, including Sundays and public holidays and can be reached without any prior appointment.
A dog license is
- Valid for three years
- Renewed by revaccinating the dog against rabies
- Not transferrable. If there is any change in the ownership then the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) must be informed within five days.
There are a few restrictions on the breed of the dog you want to own. Once you own a dog it must have an identifiable collar around its neck at all times. You cannot own three types of dogs.
- Fighting Dogs: Possession of fighting dogs in Hong Kong is illegal. If they are in a public place then they must be leashed at max 1.5 meters in length and fitted securely with a muzzle. You are also restricted from importing and/or breeding a fighting dog. Following come under the category of fighting dogs.
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Braziliero
- Japanese Tosa
- Known Dangerous Dogs: If you know a dog to be dangerous and having the potential to harm someone without being provoked then it can be declared by the magistrate as a “Known Dangerous Dog”. Such a dog must be kept leashed and muzzled and have a collar around his neck in public places at all times.
- Large Dogs: A dog that weighs more than 20 Kg is considered a large dog. A large dog
- Must be held on a leash not more than 2 meters in length when in a public place
- May be tied in a public place with the leash length not more than 1.5 meters.
Pet Dogs in Public Places
You can be fined if your dog is found fouling in a public place. You must know of certain rules about dogs in a public place
- Use specific collection bins for dog waste
- Do not take your dog in a public transport unless it is a guide dog. You can however, take it in a taxi for an additional fee if the driver agrees.
There are some parks in Hong Kong where you can freely take your dog for a walk. They include
- Victoria Peak Garden in Central and Western District
- Kowloon Tsai Park in Kowloon City District
- Yau Tsim Mong Pet Garden in Ferry Street, Yau Tsim Mong District
- Po Wing Road Sitting-out Area in North District
- Cheung Wan Street Rest Garden in Kwai Tsing District
- Kwai Chung Castle Peak Road Sitting-out Area in Kwai Tsing District
- Jockey Club Hing Shing Road Playground in Kwai Tsing District
- Tsing Yu Street Garden in Kwai Tsing District
- Sham Tsz Street Playground in Tsuen Wan District
- Sai Sha Road Temporary Pet Garden in Sha Tin District
- Pet garden at the Wan Chai Waterfront Promenade