What to consider when buying a puppy in Kuwait?Liz Mallia
Do you live in Kuwait? Do you love dogs? If you’d like your own canine companion in Kuwait, be sure to take the time to read our advice on buying a puppy in Kuwait.
Important Import Regulations
Kuwait is a Middle Eastern country that borders Saudi Arabia and Iraq. If you come to live in this coastal country with your dog, or buy a dog from abroad, you’ll need to check the various import regulations. You might be able to find a breeder in Kuwait, but they are not that common. The rules on importing animals are quite strict, and it’s best to be familiar with them so as to avoid problems later. It’s worth consulting your embassy in Kuwait for advice too.
It’s important to remember that Kuwait will not allow live animals to be exported from Iraq.
You will need to get an import permit for your dog from the Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR). In the Kuwait, all domestic dogs (including service dogs and emotional support animals) must be micro-chipped. The microchip should be an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip, 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your dog has a microchip that is not ISO 11784 compliant, then you can bring your own microchip scanner.
Your dog will need up to date vaccines and a vaccine card or certificate, and a rabies vaccine is absolutely essential. Your dog will need to be vaccinated against rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to arriving in Kuwait; however, you do not need a rabies titre test for your dog to enter the country.
Your dog will also need a Health Certificate issued by the exporting country. This certificate must be issued by the governmental agency in your country is responsible for the import and export of live animals. If you are from the USA or Canada, then a certificate from a USDA or CFIA accredited veterinarian is enough.
Although it isn’t required, it’s a good idea to treat your pup for parasites such as ticks and tapeworms. It can be difficult to get hold of anti-parasite products in Kuwait, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Arriving by Air
Your dog will need to travel by air to the Kuwait International Airport in Farwaniya. Your dog can travel in cabin, as air cargo, or as checked baggage. As a rule, only one dog per person may enter Kuwait, unless you are returning with an export certificate. Your dog must be free of diseases that may spread to humans when he/she arrives. If your dog doesn’t seem healthy, you might need to pay for a veterinary examination. Be sure that you have the necessary paperwork to prove that you own the dog, such as proof of purchase and identification documents.
Certain dog breeds, such as Mastiffs, Rottweilers, and American Bulldogs; are banned in Kuwait (including certain crossbred dogs). Be sure to do your research to make sure that you aren’t accidentally bringing in a banned breed.
You should definitely familiarise yourself with any local regulations concerns dogs and dog keeping. You’ll need a license from the Ministry of Health, which you can apply for at a veterinary clinic. The clinic will give you a metal plate with a serial number that you must attach to your dog’s collar, as failure to do so will lead to a fine.
When walking your dog in public, be sure to keep him/her on a leash. You will probably also keep your dog muzzled, even if he or she is good natured.
Housing can be tricky because many rental properties do not allow pets. Be sure to consult with the landlord or property manager before you commit to renting a property. Apartments and houses in Kuwait might 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 can walk your dog in the early morning and evening to help him/her use up some energy, and you can play with your dog or give them interesting toys during the rest of the day.
Once your dog has arrived in Kuwait and you’re all settled in, the next step is to find various doggy services: everything from trainers and groomers to vets and dog-sitters. You can ask other expats for their opinions and experiences, but we will mention a few of the most popular services in Kuwait.
If you are looking for a dog trainer, vet clinics such as the International Veterinary Hospital can help you find a trainer or provide training services.
A popular dog grooming service is Pet House, which also sells pet supplies. Pet House provides everything from nail trimming to full grooming. Pet Land Kuwait provides boarding and grooming services, including cage-free boarding (which can be great for more anxious dogs).
You will have many of veterinary clinics to choose from, but the most recommended are probably the International Veterinary Hospital, Al Rai Veterinary Clinic, and the Royal Animal Hospital. The Royal Animal Hospital not only provides veterinary services but also has a boarding kennel and dog groomer, and sells pet supplies. The International Veterinary Hospital goes the extra mile by providing services such as a photo studio and an import/export service.