Living in Singapore with a pet? Avoid fines with these guidelines.

Living in Singapore with a pet? Avoid fines with these guidelines.

Are you a pet owner travelling, working or living in Singapore? Singapore is a country where travelers and expatriates make up a large percentage of the people living there, and more than a few own pets. In fact there are almost a million pets in Singapore. But in a country where flats are dominant, strict rules with regards to pets have been set in place to maintain harmony between residents. Find out if you are breaking any of them before you get a fine! You may keep any pets in your home, as long as the set guidelines are followed. Do remember to be considerate to those who live around you if you are thinking of keeping a pet. Dog barking coud unintentionally disturb your neighbours. Take necessary measures to prevent any discomfort you pet might bring to residents next to your house.

Read on to find out what pets are allowed in Singapore.


What dogs are HDB approved? You can keep only one dog from the list of approved breeds in your flat. Flat owners who are found to breach this regulation can be fined up to a maximum amount of $4,000.

HDB-approved dog breeds

  1. Affenpinscher
  2. Australian Silky Terrier
  3. Australian Terrier
  4. Bichon Frise
  5. Bohemian Terrier
  6. Bolognese
  7. Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxaellois)
  8. Bichon Havanese
  9. Border Terrier
  10. Boston Terrier (a) Lightweight (b) Middleweight
  11. Cairn Terrier
  12. Cavalier King Charles
  13. Chihuahua
  14. Chinese Crested Dog
  15. Chinese Imperial Chin
  16. Chinese Temple Dog (Classic and Miniature)
  17. Coton de tulear
  18. Czech Terrier
  19. Dachshund (Light and Miniature)
  20. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  21. English Toy Spaniel
  22. Griffon Belge
  23. German Hunting Terrier
  24. Griffon Brabancon
  25. Hairless Dog
  26. Italian Greyhound
  27. Jack Russell Terrier
  28. Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
  29. Japanese Spitz
  30. Lhasa Apso
  31. Little Lion DOg
  32. Lakeland Terrier
  33. Maltese
  34. Manchester Terrier
  35. Miniature Pincher
  36. Miniature Schnauzer
  37. Norfolk Terrier
  38. Norwich Terrier
  39. Papillon
  40. Pekinese
  41. Pormeranian
  42. Poodle
  43. Pug
  44. Poddle (Miniature)
  45. Schipperkee
  46. Scottish Terrier
  47. Sealyham Terrier
  48. Shetland Sheep dog
  49. Shih Tzu
  50. Silky Terrier
  51. Small Continental Spaniel
  52. Small English Terrier
  53. Small Spitz
  54. Smooth Fox Terrier
  55. Toy Fox Terrier
  56. Toy Terrier
  57. Tibetan Spaniel
  58. Volpino Italiano
  59. West Highland Terrier
  60. Wire-Haired Fox Terrier
  61. Welsh Terrier
  62. Yorkshire Terrier


Cats are not allowed to keep in HDB flats. They are generally difficult to contain within the flat. When they are allowed to roam free, they tend to shed fur and defecate or urinate in public areas, and also make caterwauling sounds, which can cause inconvenience your neighbours.

Other pets

Other pets that can be kept in HDB flats include small animals such as fish, hamsters, rabbits and birds. These animals generally do not bother your neighbours.

Responsible pet ownership

Take care of your pet and ensure that it does not cause any inconvenience to your neighbours. For example, keeping your dog safe within your flat and making sure it does not bark continuously, are good practices that your neighbours will appreciate and will help create better acceptance. 

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