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.
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