Identifying Dog Breeds


16 November 2005

The draft Standard for Identifying dog breeds (predominant) is now available for public comment.

For a copy of the draft Standard and the response template see click here.

The Standard covers the process of identifying a dog by predominant breed initiated by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), the Standard is sponsored by LGNZ and the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).

The Standard provides a ‘how to’ or ‘code of practice’ for users to identify dogs by their predominant and secondary breed. It is expected that this Standard will be of particular use to animal control officers to assist them with accurate identification of breeds of dog for registration and for enforcing local compliance with the Dog Control Act. This information will be stored in local council dog control information systems and be uploaded from there to the National Dog Control Database.  This Standard therefore aligns with the list of breeds that will be used in the National Dog Control Database.

The expert committee responsible for developing the Standard comprises representatives from: the NZ Institute of Animal Control Officers; the NZ Companion Animal Council; the SPCA; the NZKC; the DIA; the Society of Local Government Managers; and the NZ Veterinary Association.

Katie Leith, who is managing the project at Standards NZ, said all public comments are welcome.  Comments will be considered by the expert committee who will make appropriate changes. The Standard will be published after it gains committee consensus and is approved by the Standards Council.

“We have been privileged to have a committee of knowledgeable and very committed experts developing the draft, and it is equally important to have a widespread public response,” said Ms Leith.

The Public Comment period runs from 8th November to 9th January 2006.

Media contact: Zoe Priestley
ph: 04 498 3986

Send Public comments to:
Jillene Everett