FAQs 2017-07-22T12:02:40+00:00

Statistical Questions:

There were 1,071,974 dogs registered on the National Dog Database in 2017.

552,486 female dogs
561,038 male dogs

The top five dog breeds registered are:
Labrador Retriever – 63,342
Huntaway – 62,602
Border Collie – 44,478
Jack Russell Terrier – 35,028
Fox Terrier (Smooth) – 30,600

The top six areas for dogs are:

Auckland City – 102,973 dogs
Christchurch City – 37,680 dogs
Dunedin City – 17,418 dogs
Tauranga City – 12,222 dogs
Hamilton City – 10,562 dogs
Wellington City – 10,357 dogs

The place with the smallest number of registered dogs is the Chatham Islands with 443 dogs.

765,504 dogs micro-chipped on the National Dog Database. There will be a large number of dogs micro-chipped but their chip numbers not registered with their local council.

In 2017 there were 20,290 dogs classified as menacing and 1,216 dogs classified as dangerous.

Questions from Children:

The best way to shake off your fears about dogs is to learn more about dogs, and about dog safety rules. Contact your Local Animal Control Unit who can advise you of ways to keep yourself safe around dogs. You can also check some fun stuff at the Kidzone on this website to learn more.
Any breed of dog can bite if it is hurt or frightened or teased – even the friendliest dog.
Dogs are well known for being loyal companions to humans. People get dogs for many reasons: as farm dogs or for protection, but mainly to enjoy as a fun addition to the family. Dogs provide a lot of joy for many people. Dogs love exercise such as swimming, chasing after a ball, walks and running. They are also happy to sit with their family to watch TV. Many dogs respond well to advanced agility training, or being in dog shows and these can be activities for all to enjoy.

Questions from Dog Owners:

The SPCA recommends an annual check up with a vet. The vet will check the general health of your dog, examine their eyes, ears, teeth and skin and administer any necessary vaccinations. Your vet will provide you with the best possible advice for your dog. If your dog suddenly changes its behaviour or seems sick you should take it to the vet immediately.
If you are a responsible dog owner it should be safe for you to keep your dog once your baby arrives. Start today, by getting your dog ready for the new arrival. Try to socialise your dog with other children and babies so it gets used to the smell and sound of babies. Teach your dog that the baby’s room is out of bounds.

Questions from the General Public:

Voice your concerns to your neighbour if you feel comfortable doing so, otherwise contact your local SPCA, or Animal Control Unit.
Dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times. Most councils have defined areas where dogs can be exercised off a leash. You may wish to avoid those areas. In other areas, dogs may be prohibited or required to be on a leash at all times. Your local Animal Control Unit can advise you where these areas are. If a dog runs up to you, ask its owner to put in on a leash. If the owner is not in sight, simply stand still with your arms by your sides and look at your feet. Dogs will get bored if you do not respond to them and they will eventually wander off. If you are concerned about the situation you should contact your local Animal Control Unit.
Even the friendliest of dogs has the potential to attack if it is teased, hurt or frightened. Make sure the dog is restrained while you visit. Make sure your children know how to behave safely around dogs and always supervise children when they are with a dog.