Dog Registration regulations in China

General comments about dog registration regulations in China

The promulgation and enforcement of dog regulations is prompted by a general increase in the number of complaints about dogs in major cities in China. The increase in complaints about dogs is a result of the large increase in dog ownership, and a lack of basic dog handling knowledge and care. The biggest number of complaints is about noise from barking dogs.

There is little evidence that large dogs of a certain breed are more of a potential nuisance than smaller dogs. Dog behavior is closely linked to how they are raised and trained.

There are probably millions of dogs in China that do not meet the size and breed criteria outlined in the dog regulations. The police will rarely be proactive in enforcing ill-conceived regulations, but they may have to take action if prompted to do so because of complaints or accidents.

The official dog registration period for renewing licenses of already licensed dogs is May 1 to June 30 each year. Dogs that are applying for their licenses for the first time may do so at any time during the year. All dog licenses expire on April 30 every year.

The Public Security Bureau emphasized that owners should always carry their dog licenses with them when out walking their dogs.

Dogs are registered at the same local Public Security Bureau where you are registered as a foreign national or local citizen. Dog owners need to take the following items to their local Public Security Bureau to register their dogs:

- The dog (if this is the first time you are applying for a dog license)
- Two, one-inch photos of your dog (head shot from the front with white background)
- Your passport or ID card
- Your lease agreement or property deed, if you own your home
- For foreign nationals, your Registration Form of Temporary Residence or your Household Registration Certificate (hukou) for local citizens.
- An approval certificate from your compound management agent (wuye) or Neighborhood Watch Committee (juweihui)
- Rabies vaccination book.
- RMB 1,000 for the initial registration fee (some districts have lower fees).
- RMB 500 for the annual renewal fee (some districts have lower fees).

Some cities and districts offer free annual rabies vaccination at designated pet hospitals for registered dogs.

If you are renewing your dog license, then you must bring the official vaccination book.

Dogs that were spayed or neutered at a licensed animal hospital, and has obtained an official spay/neuter certificate can receive a discount off the initial licensing fee or off the annual renewal fee in some cities and districts.

Large dogs and certain “aggressive” breeds of dogs may not be registered in some cities and districts districts.

Certain cities and districts have regulations stating that only one dog may be registered to each household address. For owners of multiple dogs, you would need to have a separate household address to register each of your additional dogs. This is the solution offered by the Public Security Bureau when asked by owners of multiple dogs. As long as the home address of your relative, friend, neighbor or colleague does not already have a dog registered to it and the property management agent or neighborhood watch committee provides their approval, you may use it to register your dog.

Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership

Make sure your dog has plenty of walks a day and/or a safe place to be let out so he can pee and poo.


Clean up after the dog poos and throw it in a litter bin so the environment remains clean.


Always keep your dog on a leash for his safety and for the safety of others. This will avoid the dog being run over by cars, dog fights and people being injured.


Neuter your dog to avoid unwanted puppies.


Teach your dog not to bark continuously and bother others.


Dogs are perfectly safe for a pregnant woman and her baby, as long as the dog is well behaved, so there is no medical reason to abandon your dog when you are pregnant.


Please make sure your dog is registered and is up to date with his vaccinations. Please carry copies of these documents with the Fapiao when you take your dog out for a walk. You may want to keep these documents in a small container attached to your dog’s leash.


Please make sure your dog has his name tag attached to his collar with your name and telephone number and if possible have a chip implanted for his identification.


Please attend professional dog training classes so you can manage your dog properly and care for him in the correct manner.


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Dr. Tony Beck has studied and practiced veterinary medicine for the past 23 years, and is a member of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Dr Beck graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1998, and has undertaken further studies within feline medicine, ophthalmology, ultrasonography and orthopaedic surgery. He practiced veterinary medicine in London and Hong Kong, and in 2006 he was invited to Beijing Guanshang Animal Hospital where he met Dr. Stone. Dr. Beck has served the community at a neuter clinic in Thailand, a bear station in Chengdu, China, a malaria screening post in Guyana, Africa, and a rhino game conservation project in Namibia, Africa.

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