Can I own a dog in Beijing?





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Whether you are Chinese or a foreigner, you can own a dog in Beijing, with certain restrictions.

Dogs of 35 cm in height (from front shoulder to ground) or taller are identified as ‘large’ in Beijing; they and the following 41 breeds (which are identified, however inexplicably, as ‘violent’) are banned in eight key regions of Beijing, as well as some rural regions that are densely populated. Each family in the eight key regions can only raise one dog.

The eight key regions are the Chaoyang, Chongwen, Dongcheng, Fengtai, Haidian, Shijingshan, Xicheng and Xuanwu districts within the Fifth Ring Road. Rural areas in the key regions and other districts and counties do not have to follow the ban; whether they do is up to the discretion of the local government. Check with your local authority if you are not sure.

Guide dogs and assistance dogs are not included in the ban, but it is advised to use the tame and well-tempered Golden Retriever or Labrador breeds for such roles.

Once you’re picked up your pup, don’t forget to register your new pal! For information on the status of dog ownership in other major Chinese cities, see this article.

The 41 breeds of banned dog comprise:

Afghan Hound

Bull Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

Akita

Chow Chow 

Mastiff

Australian Shepherd Dog

Collie

Newfoundland

Basenji

Dalmatian

Old English Sheepdog

Bearded Collie

English Bulldog

Pointer

Bedlington Terrier

Foxhound

Rottweiler

Belgian Shepherd Dog

German Doberman Pinscher

Saint Bernard

Bernese Mountain Dog

German Shepherd Dog

Saluki

Bloodhound

Great Dane

Samoyed Card

BorderTerrier

Great Pyrenees

Setters

Borzoi

Greyhound

Tosa

Bouvier des Flandres

Husky

Vizsla

Boxer

Irish Wolfhound

Wilma Hound

Bracco Italiano

Keeshound

 

 

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