cocker spaniel in HDB?

16 02 2010

It’s Chinese New Year holidays and finally almost done with all visiting…phew! It’s very tiring and I am glad it’s almost over ūüôā I finally have the time to visit Marky tomorrow!!!Hope he’s doing well (thou I can’t really convince myself that)

Having the luxury to enjoy the next couple of days to rest and replenish the loss of rest I am deprieved over the last few days..I’ enjoying reading the cases by Dr Sing.I have also posted here to share with you guys and read up if you have the time.

Below is one article about keeping a breed that isn’t approved for HDB.I don’t know if it works but hope this helps for some dog owners.Seriously, I don’t know how govt comes up with such list of approved breeds.For instance , breed like Beagle, I have seen beagles that are really small size like a shihtzu..and corgi that is even smaller than Sheltand (which is approved breed for HDB)…but yet Beagle and Corgi are not approved for HDB.I hope some day…(that day unlikely to come) govt will be less strict in such ruling.

Must the Cocker Spaniel live like a canine fugitive in the HDB apartment?

Sep 1, 2008 

Since I am advising an old acquaintance who had just¬†adopted a homeless Cocker Spaniel, I would like to document my advices to share with other Cocker Spaniel owners in Singapore. Those who may be harbouring an “illegal canine¬†fugitive” in the HDB (Housing Development Board)¬†residential apartments.¬†¬†¬†¬†

In the past, it was eviction for the owner of the HDB apartment who is considered a “lessee” bound by the HDB’s rules and regulations or getting rid of the dog soon as the AVA refused to grant a dog license. Frequently, it is¬†death to the Cocker Spaniel as nobody wants the grown up dogs.¬†¬†

For some reasons I cannot understand, the HDB’s list of approved dogs exclude the English and American Cocker Spaniel which is not a big breed of dog.¬†Nowadays,¬†I have feedback from some clients that some HDB Town Council officers are¬†kinder and would approve of this breed in HDB residential apartments.¬†

If you want to keep a Cocker Spaniel legally in the HDB apartment, do the following before you get your dog licence from the AVA.

1. Get a letter from your veterinarian stating the weight and height of the dog. 

Height measurement of the Cocker Spaniel. Toa Payoh Vets. Singapore HDB apartments unapproved breed.

2. Make an appointment to meet the Town Council Officer in charge. Discuss with him regarding the legal status of your Cocker Spaniel. Showing him the letter from your veterinarian stating the height and weight of your Cocker Spaniel.
3. If the Town Council approves the breed, get a letter of approval from the Town Council. 

4. To get the dog licence from the AVA, post the following to the AVA:
4.1  Letter of approval from the Town Council if your dog.  
4.2¬†¬†Photocopy of the owner’s NRIC Identity Card.
4.3  Dog licence application form.
4.4  Dog microchip form endorsed by the veterinarian (not the puppy seller or breeder). 

4.5¬† An “original”¬†veterinary certificate of sterilisation if relevant, to be eligible for the $14.00 licence fee. Otherwise the fee is $70.00. ¬†
4.6 A cheque payable to the “AVA”.¬† $14.00 for a dog before 5 months of age of either gender. $70.00 for an unsterilised dog of either gender.¬†
4.6 Send above by registered post.

5. You can do it on the AVA website, going to

Some of my clients complain that they don’t get prompt response. Most likely they had not supplied the necessary documents (4.1 to 4.5). They may need to scan in the documents and part of the¬†documentation may be missing. Therefore, it¬†is difficult to expect prompt replies for non-compliance. However, some clients who posted letters to the AVA get their cheques returned for non-compliance of the above¬†terms and conditions for a dog licence.¬†¬†

Remember that the latest rule as at Sep 2008 is that you pay only $14.00 if you apply for the dog licence before the puppy is 5 months of age. After that it will be $14.00 if the dog is sterilised but $70.00 if not.

Cocker Spaniels are popular with Singaporeans but since some 80% of the population lives in HDB apartments, there has had been a lot of sadness when Cocker Spaniels need to be “evicted” due to some outdated laws prohibiting Cocker Spaniels from living in HDB apartments.¬†Some Cocker Spaniels that cannot be re-homed are abandoned as they have been found out as “illegal tenants” living in the HDB residences since the AVA willnot grant the dog owner a dog licence.¬†¬† ¬†




3 responses

14 03 2010

just wanted to check if besides speaking to town council and getting the letter of approval from the town council, do i have to contact hdb directly? i got a corgi and recently moved from a condo to hdb and would like to get my dog a license. ūüôā

18 03 2010

Hi Angie

I suggest you write in to HDB first to request for license approval.Say that you will take extra caution and ensure your dog does not cause any nuisance.Maybe you can mention you got your dog before you moved in HDB and would not wish to give your dog away…overall is to let them know u be very responsible and careful.

This is what I understand from my husband whose friend also keep a corgi in HDB.she wrote in and they approve her request ūüôā

Hope the above helps.Good luck!

17 06 2012

Will it be same to Beagle? If i get a Beagle and bring it to the vet but it is still a puppy cos AVA says puppy above 3 Months needs license, will they still approve?

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