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You may keep pets at home, as long as you meet the guidelines. It is also important to be considerate to those living around you when you have a pet.
Check the list of pet types allowed, if you are considering keeping a pet in your flat.
Dog owners must have their pet licensed by the NParks Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS). You need not seek HDB’s approval to keep a dog, as long as it is of an approved breed.
Take care of your pet and ensure that it does not cause any inconvenience to your neighbours. For example, keep your dog safe within your flat, and care for it so that it does not bark continuously. These are good practices that your neighbours will appreciate and will help create better acceptance.
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Flat owners can seek for help from the following agencies on issues related to keeping dogs in HDB flats.
For enforcement against flat owners of the ‘one-approved-dog’ per flat rule
For enforcement against dog owners whose dogs defecate in public places and cause environmental damage
Issuing of dog licences and enforcement against dog owners whose dog chases or bites people
You can only keep 1 dog from the list of approved breeds in your flat. Flat owners found to breach this regulation can be fined up to a maximum of $4,000.
Australian Silky Terrier
Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxaellois)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese Imperial Chin
Chinese Temple Dog (Classic and Miniature)
Coton de tulear
Dachshund (Light and Miniature)
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
English Toy Spaniel
German Hunting Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier
Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
Little Lion Dog
Shetland Sheep dog
Small Continental Spaniel
Small English Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
West Highland Terrier
Wire-Haired Fox Terrier
Cats are not allowed in flats. They are generally difficult to contain within the flat. When allowed to roam indiscriminately, they tend to shed fur and defecate or urinate in public areas, and also make caterwauling sounds, which can inconvenience your neighbours.
If you wish to change ownership of your flat without a sale (i.e. without monetary consideration), find out more about the types of ownership changes and the eligibility conditions.