How many dogs are there in New Zealand?
There are 475,072 dogs registered on the National Dog Database.
How many dogs have been micro-chipped?
There are 158,646 dogs with microchips registered on the National Dog Database.
What are the most popular breeds of dog?
The top five dog breeds registered are:
Labrador Retriever – 73,239
Huntaway – 45,331
Border Collie – 36,986
Fox Terrier (Smooth) – 31,820
Jack Russell Terrier – 27,227
Which area has the most registered dogs?
The top five areas for dogs are:
Christchurch City – 25,497 dogs
Auckland City – 19,822 dogs
Manakau City – 18,161 dogs
Dunedin City – 14,374 dogs
North Shore City – 14,028 dogs
The place with the smallest number of registered dogs is the Chatham Islands with 454 dogs.
Questions from Dog Owners
How often should I take my dog to the vet?
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.
I’m pregnant with our first child. Is it safe for us to keep our dog?
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.