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How Many Dogs Can You Own in Rockhampton?

How Many Dogs Can You Own in Rockhampton?

Owning a dog can bring immense joy, but it’s essential to be aware of local regulations to ensure harmonious coexistence within the community.

Rockhampton has specific rules regarding the number of dogs you can keep, as well as requirements for their care and housing.

Regulations and Approvals

Residents are typically allowed to keep two dogs per household. However, if you wish to keep three or more dogs over the age of 12 weeks (excluding working dogs), you will need to seek approval.

The same applies if you intend to keep a dog on non-residential premises, a guard dog, or if a dog is staying on residential premises for longer than one month. Additionally, owning dogs of a restricted breed requires special approval.

Registration and Care Requirements

All dogs must be registered, microchipped, and desexed before applying for the necessary approvals. Breeding and show dogs are exempt from the desexing requirement, provided you submit the relevant documentation.

To prevent any issues, dog keepers must ensure that their pets do not cause problems for neighbours. This includes managing waste effectively, preventing the build-up of faeces or food scraps, avoiding the breeding of flies or vermin, and keeping enclosures clean. The presence of dogs mustn’t disturb or annoy others in the vicinity.

Enclosure Standards

Proper housing is vital for maintaining the safety and well-being of your dogs.

Enclosures must allow for public access to the front door and utilities, be appropriate for the breed, and be constructed from strong, firm materials to prevent escapes.

Gates should be kept closed and latched, with childproof or lockable gates recommended.

Ensuring Community Harmony

By adhering to these regulations and ensuring your dogs are well-cared for, you can contribute to a pet-friendly and neighbourly environment in Rockhampton.

Compliance with local dog ownership rules not only ensures the welfare of your pets but also maintains community harmony.

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