1823 Frequently Asked Questions

1823 Frequently Asked Questions

ENQUIRY

To help give the right answer for you, we may need to ask for some information from you. Please select the answer that applies to you when the screen below asks you to make a choice. You may click on the question if you need to start over.

Share:  Facebook   Twitter   Weibo   Email

A dog owner should take corresponding controls on his/her dog (including leashing and fitting with muzzle) according to its type. Please refer to the following table for details:

 

Type of Dog Characters / Definition Controls
Ordinary dogs Not fall within the definitions of “Large dogs”, “Fighting dogs” and “Known dangerous dogs”

 

  1. You should keep your dog under proper control. According to the law, all dogs must be kept on a leash or under proper control in public places; AND
  2. DON'T allow your dog to be out of your sight or cause nuisance to others.

Suggestion: If your dog has a tendency to show aggressive behaviour, in addition to the above measures, consider using a muzzle on your dog (but be careful when using a muzzle in hot weather).

 

Large dogs Weight 20 kg or over

 

  1. When you enter a public place with a large dog, you must observe the duty of care and be fully focused while controlling your dog; AND
  2. Large dogs shall be securely held on a leash of not more than 2 metres in length by a person at all times; OR
  3. Large dogs shall be securely tied to a fixed object on a leash of not more than 1.5 metres in length in a manner that does not pose a danger to the public and animal safety, and welfare of the dog; OR
  4. In country parks, large dogs may be exercised without a leash, provided they are still under effective control.
  5. A dog owner and his/her dog may participate in the exemption examination. If the dog demonstrates that it is obedient and non-aggressive off leash, it can then be exempted from this leashing requirement. Please click here for details.

Suggestion: If your dog has a tendency to show aggressive behaviour, in addition to the above measures, consider using a muzzle on your dog (but be careful when using a muzzle in hot weather).

 

Fighting dogs
  1. Pit Bull Terrier
  2. Dogo Argentino
  3. Fila Braziliero
  4. Japanese Tosa
  5. Mixed-breed dogs involving a breed of any of the above 4 types

 (Attention: Fighting dog is not allowed to import or breed in HK. Current Fighting dog must be registered in AFCD legally) 

  1. When you enter a public place with your dog, you must observe the duty of care and be fully focused while controlling your dog; AND
  2. The dog must be neutered by a registered veterinary surgeon and you must obtain a valid de-sexing certificate from the veterinary surgeon; AND
  3. The dog must be securely muzzled and held on a leash not longer than 1.5 metres at all times in public places; AND
  4. You must identify the dog with a special collar (according to the legislation requirements) at all times.
Known dangerous dogs Declared to be a "known dangerous dog" by a magistrate

 



FAQ Top 10
Did you know
Other Languages Bahasa Indonesia Thai Nepali Tagalog Hindi Urdu Punjabi
About Us Site Map
Complaint Channel Disclaimer
Privacy Policy Copyright Notice
© 1823.gov.hk
Comply with the relevant World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Design Guidelines for the 2A level requirements Efficiency Unit Caring Organisation Asia's World City