The Dogs of Dubai and the Emirates

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The Dogs of Dubai and the Emirates

Dubai, the top business hub of the Middle East, is famous for its grandeur and luxury. Oil and global trade made the city rich, and brought people all over the world to live there. Although dogs are sometimes rejected in Middle Eastern culture for being “unclean” animals (with the exception of the Saluki), the cosmopolitan nature of the city has made pet dogs popular. Although small dogs are popular, as apartments are often small, dogs of all sizes are welcome in the City of Gold.

Havanese

Havanese - Popular Dogs in Dubai

Affectionate yet agile, the Havanese is a versatile dog breed, which may explain its popularity. Originating from Cuba, these little dogs have silky coats that help shield them from the sun, which makes them ideal dogs for the Middle East. They adapt easily to apartment life due to their small size. They are affectionate, though they may suffer from separation anxiety. Don’t mistake the Havanese for a mere lapdog – they are very agile and intelligent, and excel in many canine sports and careers, such as assisting the handicapped.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier - Popular Dogs in Dubai

Tiny but full of personality, these dogs are popular world over. They are affectionate family dogs that are happy to play and run around with children, or cuddle up with family members. Originating from rainy Yorkshire in England, these dogs do surprisingly well in warmer climates, perhaps due to their silky fur. Their small size also makes them great apartment dogs, though they can be difficult to housetrain and their yappy nature may annoy your neighbours – take time to train your dog from an early stage to avoid these problems.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Popular Dogs in Dubai

Small, sweet-tempered and sporty, the Cavalier is one of the most popular dogs in the world. These beautiful, energetic and gentle dogs are ideal for families, and are very trainable. Cavaliers sometimes suffer from separation anxiety, so shouldn’t be left alone for long time periods. They also need daily exercise to keep them fit and prevent them from becoming bored, as a bored Cavalier may be destructive. Make sure not to take them out during the hottest hours of the day, as Cavaliers don’t always do well in hot climates.

German Shepherds

German Shepherd - Popular Dogs in Dubai

The German Shepherd is a popular pet in Dubai, though they are also used as guard dogs. Shepherds are large, intelligent dogs and are easily trained. They are also very versatile and have been used for herding, agility, police work, guide dog work, and many other disciplines. Although they often have reserved characters, they are very loyal dogs and make good family pets. German Shepherds needs to be socialised and trained from an early age to make sure they grow up to be well behaved dogs. Due to their large size, they may not be the best apartment dogs. They also need regular daily exercise: both physical and mental.

Cane Corso

Cane Corso - Popular Dogs in Dubai

Also called the Italian Mastiff, these dogs are often used as guard dogs due to their powerful and muscular build. They are also loyal family dogs, though often uninterested or suspicious of strangers. The Corso hails from Italy, so they cope well with the Dubai heat. The Corso gets bored very easily. A bored Corso will probably dig holes and chew the furniture if given nothing to do, so find an activity for him to do, such as agility or obedience classes. An active Cane Corso is a happy Corso.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman - Popular Dogs in Dubai

Developed as a guard dog in 19th century Germany, this intelligent and spirited dog is great for sports such as Schutzhund and agility. Although they have a bad reputation, Dobermans have an affectionate nature and make good pets. However they are large dogs, they do surprisingly well in apartments, provided they are exercised daily and are well trained. They also tolerate heat well, and will be quite happy in Dubai’s hot climate.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever - Popular Dogs in Dubai

The Retriever is perhaps the quintessential family dog. Cheerful, trustworthy, and playful, this dog is universally beloved. They are great with children and other pets, intelligent and eager to please, and ideal for first-time dog owners. Retrievers are large dogs and prone to shedding, so they will be happier in a house than an apartment. Be sure to find a reputable Breeder, as Golden Retrievers are prone to health problems such as hip dysplasia.

Great Dane

Great Dane - Popular Dogs in Dubai

Dubai is the city of superlatives: the richest, the hottest, the biggest. The Great Dane certainly fits into that last category, and often appeals to those who wish to impress.  The Great Dane is a typical gentle giant: their size belies their friendly nature. Great Danes aren’t particularly active and are surprisingly comfortable in apartments, although they may accidentally knock things over due to their size.

Pomeranian

Pomeranian - Popular Dogs in Dubai

From the largest dogs to one of the smallest, here’s the Pomeranian. Don’t tell the Pomeranian what he can and can’t do, because these little dogs are very determined and are often on par with bigger dogs in disciplines such as agility, search and rescue, and obedience training. These little dogs will be happy to live in an apartment but don’t enjoy the heat of Dubai due to their fluffy coats; luckily air conditioning helps to keep them comfortable.

Beagle - Popular Dogs in Dubai

A short-furred breed with large soulful eyes, Beagles are playful and friendly, and popular all over the world. They make fantastic pets, especially for families with children, and are very intelligent, if a bit stubborn. Beagles have a few quirky behaviours, such as the baying sounds they make when they are lonely or smell something interesting, which is important to keep in mind if you lived in an apartment.


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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