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Are you ready for a pet? (Dogs)


This week, we will be introducing how to take care of large pets like dogs and cats. There are basic needs that need to be met, depending on the size and breed of each pet. This can also serve as a checklist on whether or not you are ready to welcome a new family member.


As majority of our population live in HDB flats in Singapore, the size of the dog is an important factor to consider before getting a pet. There are currently 62 breeds for dogs which are HDB-approved:

1. Affenpinscher

2. Australian Silky Terrier

3. Australian Terrier

4. Bichon Avanese

5. Bichon Frise

6. Bohemian Terrier

7. Bolognese

8. Border Terrier

9. Boston Terrier

10. Brussels Griffon

11. Cairn Terrier

12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

13. Chihuahua

14. Chinese Crested Dog

15. Chinese Imperial Chin

16. Chinese Temple Dog

17. Coton de tulear

18. Czech Terrier

19. Dachshund

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 Russel 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. Pekingnese

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. Tibetan 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

If you are looking at adopting, there are many HDB approved dogs in shelters that may not be pure bred but can love you equally Most sites do provide information on whether or not a dog is HDB approved.

Dogs need 3 things: food, shelter and love.

  1. Food
    • Your dog’s food is dependent on its tastes and preferences. On a whole, it is recommended that you feed your dog twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
    • The amount would vary on the size of the dog.
    • It would be good to give occasional treats in the middle of the day, but not without a few tricks first!
    • Also, your dog’s water bowl needs to constantly be filled as dogs drink water at various parts of the day.
  2. Shelter
    • Dogs need a nice place to sleep, for instance, a dog bed which can be easily found in pet stores.
    • Alternatively, you can also buy one on Carousell or Qoo10 for a wider range.
      Do remember to keep your dog’s bed clean just as you would like a clean bed.
  3. Love
    • Showering your dog with love includes giving your companion a suitable leash and collar. More energetic dogs might require a harness as it is more secure. Bringing your dog out for walks is essential, as your dog will get exercise and you would also be able to spend quality time with your companion.
    • In addition, get your dog some chew toys to keep them occupied while you are out.

It is also recommended that younger dogs (1-10 years old) should visit the vet once a year and older dogs (10 years and above) should visit the vet twice a year for a full physical checkup. These costs may add up but in the long run it will keep your dog healthy and happy.

Now that we have covered the basics on dog care, do remember to take some time to think through any decision on getting any kind of pet. A pet is a big responsibility but a priceless companion.

Stay tuned for our next post on cat care on Thursday! Like our Facebook page to receive updates on when our blog posts come out and do comment on what kinds of post you would like to see in the future or how we could improve them! Have a great Week 4 of school!

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