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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Dog Rules In New Zealand – What You Need To Own A Dog

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 16 ·
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How many dog rules in New Zealand are there? Are they easy to follow if you own a dog? These rules and laws are set in place for a reason. It’s for you and your dog’s own best interest. 

Who Can Own A Dog In New Zealand?

Anyone can own a dog in New Zealand. However, you must be an adult and be able to care for the welfare of your pet. It also helps to have a home and a sustainable income.

When adopting a dog, you’ll fill out this information to ensure you can care for the pet properly. If an animal shelter doesn’t seem you fit to be a pet owner, they have the right to decline your application to adopt. 

In New Zealand, you’re only allowed to own up to two dogs over three months in your home. If you want to have more than two furry friends, you need to get a kennel license. 

General Laws About Owning A Dog

When it comes to owning a pet, you need to care for them and be mindful of others. For example, various laws are in place to protect and care for your doggo. Also, these laws care for the community as a whole. 

Dog Welfare

In New Zealand, many laws and rules are set to keep your dog as healthy and safe as possible. This is where animal welfare laws come in.

If your dog excessively barks, you need to consider proper training or how you’re treating the dog. For instance, they could be reactive at people and cars, so you can train them to quiet down when others pass.

On the other hand, they could be barking because they’re bored, need attention, or are home alone all day. If that’s the case, then you need to hire a dog walker or bring them to doggy daycare to ensure they’re cared for during the day. It will also help them get socialized and get out their energy.

In addition, when your dog is home and outside, it must be confined to your yard. This can be done with a leash or a fence.

This law is to ensure that your dog doesn’t get loose. It prevents them from getting lost or injured by getting hit by a car or fighting with other dogs or animals. 

Finally, you need to keep your dog healthy and happy. This includes getting them up to date with their vaccinations, bringing them to the vet at least once a year for a check-up, and ensuring they’re well cared for overall. For instance, they should have healthy food and clean water.

All vaccinations are required for your dog. However, one of the most important vaccinations that your pup needs is the rabies vaccine. Even if you’re visiting New Zealand and bringing your dog along, you need to at least have their rabies vaccine up to date. 

Registering Your Dog

In addition, it’s required to get your dog registered in your area. This helps ensure that if your dog does happen to get lost, it’ll be easier for you to be reunited with your furry friend.

You can get an ID tag for their collar with your name and phone number. In addition, microchips are also required to register your dog. 

So, if your dog gets separated from you, other citizens and animal shelters will be able to reunite the two of you together easily. 

Community Laws

When walking your dog, all dogs must be on a leash. Also, if they go to the bathroom while out in a public area, you must clean up after your dog. Otherwise, you may get fined.

In general, keep an eye on your dog’s body language. If they’re reactive towards other dogs and people, you’ll need to get the proper training.  

A Note About “Dangerous” Dog Breeds

Unfortunately, some dog breeds are banned in New Zealand because they are considered aggressive breeds. For example, these breeds are the following:

These dog breeds will not be allowed into the country, whether they’re purebred or a hybrid of these breeds with others. 

Dog Rules In New Zealand

The dog rules in New Zealand are ever-growing, but owning a dog in New Zealand is not impossible. These rules are set to keep you, your dog, and the community safe. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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