Statistical Questions:

There were 556,762 dogs registered on the National Dog Database in 2017.

276,243 female dogs
280,519 male dogs

203,188 Cross Breeds
353,574 Pure Breeds

305,809 De-sexed

The top five dog breeds registered are:
Retriever/Labrador – 41,671
Huntaway – 31,301
Border Collie – 22,239
Heading – 18,551
Jack Russell Terrier – 17,514

Dog population in order:

Auckland (Group)  102,973
Christchurch City  37,680
Dunedin City  17,418
Waikato District  13,993
Selwyn District  13,106
Southland District  12,347
Hastings District  12,327
Tauranga City  12,222
Waimakariri District  11,951
Rotorua District  11,359
Tasman District  10,775
New Plymouth District  10,660
Whangarei District  10,579
Hamilton City  10,562
Wellington City  10,357
Marlborough District  10,294
Gisborne District  9,623
Hutt City  9,234
Invercargill City  8,975
Timaru District  8,769
Western Bay of Plenty District  8,472
Far North District  8,192
Palmerston North City  7,951
Napier City  7,459
Whanganui District  7,382
Kapiti Coast District  7,341
Taupo District  7,183
Manawatu District  6,860
Clutha District  6,713
Waipa District  6,585
Tararua District  6,472
Horowhenua District  6,081
Upper Hutt City  5,760
Ashburton District  5,546
Waitaki District  5,522
Central Otago District  5,454
Hurunui District  5,389
Matamata-Piako District  5,212
Whakatane District  5,144
Nelson City  5,046
Rangitikei District  4,860
Ruapehu District  4,843
Porirua City  4,760
Thames-Coromandel District  4,658
South Taranaki District  4,436
Hauraki District  4,379
Kaipara District  4,344
Central Hawke’s Bay District  4,296
Masterton District  4,160
South Waikato District  3,946
Waitomo District  3,464
Queenstown-Lakes District  3,225
Wairoa District  3,148
Gore District  3,090
South Wairarapa District  2,949
Waimate District  2,912
Grey District  2,668
Carterton District  2,665
Otorohanga District  2,326
Stratford District  2,082
Buller District  1,920
Westland District  1,772
Mackenzie District  1,750
Opotiki District  1,449
Kawerau District  1,249
Chatham Islands  443

382,752 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 10,145 dogs classified as menacing and 608 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.