Popular Dog Breeds That Aren’t Allowed In HDB Flats

There’s a reason why dogs are also known as man’s best friend.

They are loyal, loving and are always ready to welcome you home, regardless of how your day went.


This unconditional love results in many dog owners recognising their furry companions as valued members of the family.

However, most Singaporeans who reside in HDB flats, probably don’t know which popular dog breeds aren’t officially allowed in their homes — according to this AVA advisory at least.

So here’s a list of 15 popular dog breeds that can’t live in HDB flats:

They say dogs are man's best friend. But there are actually many dog breeds that are not allowed in HDB flats! Here…

Posted by Mustsharenews.com on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Which popular dog breeds aren’t allowed in HDB flats?

Contrary to popular belief, a lot of these popular dog breeds aren’t actually allowed in HDB flats. Bummer.

  1. Japanese Akita
  2. Chow Chow
  3. Corgi
  4. Bulldog
  5. German Shepherd
  6. Shiba Inu
  7. Beagle
  8. Border Collie
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Siberian Husky
  11. Samoyed
  12. Dalmatian
  13. Golden Retriever
  14. Labrador
  15. All Mongrels*

*Mongrels exceeding a certain size or due to breed restrictions will not be allowed in HDB flats.

Which dogs are allowed In HDB flats?

AVA and HDB do have an extensive list of approved dog breeds listed on their site.

Here’s the list in full.

  1. Affenpinscher
  2. Australian Silky Terrier
  3. Australian Terrier
  4. Bichon Avanese
  5. Bichon Frise
  6. Border Terrier
  7. Boston Terrier (Light and Middleweight)
  8. Bohemian Terrier
  9. Bolognese
  10. Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxellois)
  11. Cairn Terrier
  12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  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. German Hunting Terrier
  23. Griffon Belge
  24. Griffon Brabancon
  25. Hairless Dog
  26. Italian Greyhound
  27. Jack Russell Terrier
  28. Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
  29. Japanese Spitz
  30. Lakeland Terrier
  31. Lhasa Apso
  32. Little Lion Dog
  33. Maltese
  34. Manchester Terrier
  35. Miniature Pinscher
  36. Miniature Schnauzer
  37. Norfolk Terrier
  38. Norwegian Lundehund
  39. Norwich Terrier
  40. Papillon
  41. Pekingese
  42. Pomeranian
  43. Poodle (Toy/Miniature)
  44. Pug
  45. Schipperkee
  46. Scottish Terrier
  47. Sealyham Terrier
  48. Shetland Sheepdog
  49. Shih Tzu
  50. Silky Terrier
  51. Small Continental Spaniel
  52. Small English Terrier
  53. Small Spitz
  54. Smooth Fox Terrier
  55. Tibetian Spaniel
  56. Toy Fox Terrier
  57. Toy Terrier
  58. Volpino Italiano
  59. Welsh Terrier
  60. West Highland Terrier
  61. Wire Haired Fox Terrier
  62. Yorkshire Terrier

Basically, if the breed you’re looking at adopting as a member of your family doesn’t fall under this list, it’s technically not allowed.

Also, families are allowed to keep up to 1 dogs of an approved small breed variety within the flat. Any number of dogs above that, will require a license from AVA.

However, some owners have appealed successfully to HDB for “special permission” to own their family dog which is not of an approved breed.

No guarantees though, as approval depends on each individual family’s circumstances.

Year of the Doggo

We hope that these popular doggos may eventually be allowed to find loving homes in HDB flats.

Not forgetting cats as well. To date, all species of cats are still disallowed in our HDB flats.


Nevertheless, no amount of restrictions in the world, will stop doggo-loving people from caring for their adorable pets.  

So as we gather our families to usher in the Year of the Dog on Chinese New Year, let’s take a moment to also appreciate the non-hooman members of our family as well.

Regardless of breed, whether they are dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters or anything in between, we’ll continue to love them all the same.

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