What to consider when buying a puppy in Kuwait?

What to consider when buying a puppy in Kuwait

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What to consider when buying a puppy in Kuwait?

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.

Vital Vaccinations

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.

Health Certificate

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.

Banned breeds

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.

Local Regulations

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.

Pet care

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.


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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.

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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