What to consider when buying a puppy in Dubai

What to consider when buying a puppy in Dubai

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What to consider when buying a puppy in Dubai

Are you looking for a canine companion in Dubai? Good for you! But first, read our tips on what to consider when buying a puppy in Dubai.

Important Import Regulations

You might find that it is easier to import a dog or puppy than to buy one in Dubai. Before you import a puppy or dog to Dubai, you should check the local regulations with your embassy and the local government. The import regulations are quite strict in Dubai, so it’s best to familiarise yourself with the rules.

There is a lot of red tape to get around, but luckily NewDoggy.com can help you to import your pet to Dubai. We are well versed in the bureaucracy of the area and can give you valuable advice on importing and keeping a dog in Dubai.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) all domestic dogs (including service dogs and emotional support animals) must be micro-chipped. The microchip should be an ISO 11784 pet microchip, 15 digit and non-encrypted; however, if your dog has a microchip that is not ISO 11784 compliant, then you can bring your own microchip scanner.

You will also need an import permit in the form of an Import Paper from the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment. You can apply for this Import Paper either in person or online. You’ll need to get the Paper in advance of your dog’s arrival. The permit is valid for 30 days from the date of issue, and is applicable for two pets (if you have more than two pets then you will need multiple permits). If you are just returning to the UAE with your dog, then you will just need a Re-Entry card.

Vital Vaccinations

Your dog will also need up to date vaccines and a vaccine card or certificate. The card or certificate should show clear information about the vaccines, such as the manufacturer, batch number, and date of expiration. A rabies vaccine is absolutely essential. Your dog will need to be vaccinated again rabies at least 21 days and not more than 12 months before arrival.

If your puppy is travelling from a rabies-controlled country, they must be at least 15 weeks old to enter the UAE. If your puppy comes from a high-rabies country, then they will not be allowed to enter until they are 27 weeks old.

Other essential vaccines are distemper, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus.

If your dog is not from a country that the UAE considers rabies free or rabies controlled, then you’ll also need a rabies titre test. The test should be performed more than 21 days after your dog’s rabies vaccination if your dog has never been vaccinated against the disease, or if the vaccine has expired. The test will need to be performed between 12 and 21 weeks from the time your pet enters the UAE.

Health Certificate

Your dog will also need a Health Certificate issued by the exporting country. If you are not travelling from the USA, then your dog will also need to be examined 24 hours before export, and declared clinically healthy with no external parasites. You should ensure that your dog is parasites free (both internal and external) within 14 days of transport.

Arriving by Air

Your dog will need to travel by air to the UAE, ideally by the most direct route possible. If there are layovers, you will need to provide a form to show that your dog was not exposed to other animals during this time. Your dog will also need a transit permit to travel by land once it arrives. There is an inspection process that can take several hours, but you can facilitate the process by hiring a transport agent in the UAE.

Banned breeds

Certain dog breeds, such as the Dogo Argentino and the Pitbull Terrier (to name a few) are banned in the UAE (including certain crossbred dogs). Other breeds, such as the Husky, are allowed providing that you have a permit and register the dog. Be aware that you will have to keep such a dog muzzled and leashed in public, and you may not be allowed to keep the dog in an apartment.

Local Regulations

You should definitely familiarise yourself with any local regulations concerns dogs and dog keeping. The local laws are quite strict, and failure to comply can lead to harsh fines or even jail time. You will need to keep your dog leashed at all times in public. You will not be allowed to take your dog to public areas such as restaurants, beaches, and parks. Fortunately there are designated areas where you may walk your dog.

Housing can also be a bit challenging, as many rental properties do not allow pets. Apartments and houses in Dubai may be smaller than what your dog is used to, and the scorching summer heat means your dog will have to spend a lot of time inside. You’ll need to keep your dog entertained and well exercised, as staying inside so often can be frustrating for dogs.

Pet care

Once you’ve finally got your pup to Dubai and have settled in to your new home, you’ll need to find various doggy services such as trainers, groomers, vets, and dog-sitters. You can ask people in the expat community for their opinions and experiences, but we will mention a few of the most popular places for these services.

There are a host of dog training services available in Dubai, such as Urban Tails Pet Resort, Doggies Palace, and Homely Petz.

Some of the most popular dog groomers in Dubai are Shampooch and Happy Puppy. If you’d rather have your dog groomed at home, both of these groomers offer a mobile grooming service.

If your dog has a medical emergency, there is the Al Barsha Veeterinary Clinic, which offers services 24/7, home visits, and boarding kennels. The British Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary services from a British-qualified staff. These are just two of the many veterinary clinics in Dubai, so you’ll be able to provide the best veterinary care for your dog.


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In case you plan to breed your dog or participate in dog shows, it is necessary to transfer your dog’s original FCI registered pedigree to a kennel club in your country. We provide you with the option to export your dog’s pedigree which you can present to your kennel club to obtain a local registration.

Basic Socialization Training - The Puppy Preschool

In this Puppy Training programme, your puppy will receive one hour of training per day with our Expert Trainer. It is the ideal program for those who wish to welcome home a puppy that knows the very basics, but wishes to teach the hardier stuff themselves. Our Team will send you weekly updates on your puppy’s progress in the form of videos. At the end of the training, your puppy will receive a certificate as proof of completing the programme.

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This Training programme is extensive in nature. If you enrol your puppy in the Academy, your NewDoggy will live with the trainer for the duration of the program, being in training round-the-clock. By the end of this training, your puppy will be much better prepared to adapt to their new environment and you will have an easier time getting used to the newest member of your family. Our Team will send you updates on your puppy’s progress in the form of videos every 3 to 4 days. At the end of the training, your puppy will don a graduation cap and receive a certificate as proof of completing the programme.

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Any long-coated puppy can be groomed to your preferred style. Just send us some sample photos, and our professional groomer will groom your puppy to that style just before he/she is sent to you. All our pups get baths, nail clipping, and ear cleaning. The Designer Fashion Grooming Service also includes basic grooming on departure preparation (but not limited to): bathing, hygiene trimming, nail clipping & ear cleaning.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
Travel Requirements