Hong Kong can be a paradise for dogs and dog-loving families! From beaches and hiking to doggie massage and training…we’ve got you covered! Read on for the Little Steps Guide to caring for and enjoying time with your pup! We also include key information such as adoption options, top vets around Hong Kong, and more.
Ready to welcome a dog into your home for the whole family to enjoy? Adopt a pup through HKPaws, HK Dog Rescue, Lamma Animal Welfare Centre, Catherine's Puppies, or Sai Kung's HK Rescue Puppies. Or head to Whiskers N Paws in Aberdeen for their fun Adoption Days every Sunday from 2-5. Still on the fence? Foster a dog through Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP) or dog-sit through Royal Pets…we’re sure you’ll fall in love!
A healthy dog is a happy dog! Visit the Hong Kong SPCA’s website for information on training, a complete list of vets in the area, as well as details on their well-known mobile clinics. For wellness, surgery and advanced medicine head over to North Point Animal Hospital, a fully equipped veterinary animal hospital in Hong Kong with the capability to provide a range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical treatments. For something easy and relaxing for Rover, have the vet come to you! Vet2Pet, Creature Comforts, and Home Vet all do housecalls....perfect for busy families!
Hong Kong SPCA, www.spca.org.hk, +852 2802 0501
Creature Comforts, www.creaturecomforts.com.hk, +852 2915 3999
Home Vet, www.homevet.com.hk, +852 9860 5222
- The general rule in Hong Kong is that small dogs are allowed at all public open spaces, such as promenades, ferry piers, and even IFC's rooftop (we didn't tell you...sssh). In these areas, small dogs can be kept off-leash, and large dogs (over 20kg) can take an examination to be allowed off-leash. Click here for more information on keeping a large dog.
- Be aware that even if your dog is tame and allowed off-leash, there are many people (children especially) who are afraid of dogs. Please be respectful of others, and read the AFCD's "Good Code of Practices" for dog-owners.
- Practical information about owning a dog in Hong Kong can be found at SPCA.
- Hong Kong's beaches are generally closed to dogs in the summer, but in the winter when lifeguards and crowds are gone, beaches are a dog's paradise!
- Plan to travel around town with your dog in a car or taxi (HK$5 extra), as they're not allowed on the MTR, tram, or buses.
Dog-friendly restos are hidden all over town! Try delicious vegan, dairy-free. nut-free and carb-free dishes at Locofama in Sai Ying Pun, your furry friend can hang outside with you while you dine alfresco. While you're in Sai Ying Pun, check out the Opendoor Cafe & Courtyard to get your doggo a Doggy cappuccino. That’s right, this quirky little Sai Ying Pun spot loves dogs, so much so that they’ve added a non-dairy drink to their menu for only HK$10. For another healthy lunch and a few glasses of excellent wine, head over to Staunton's Wine Bar with your pal. This iconic watering hole has been voted ‘best people-watching spot,’ and they will happily offer your pal a water bowl. A classic dog-friendly restaurant is The Peak Lookout, where they will welcome you and your canine friend with open arms. If you wish to have some grub after a day soaking up the sun on the beach, the Limewood will be go-to with the dog, where it can chill while you have an Asian-Caribbean feast.
Locofama, 11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2547 7668, www.locofama.com
Opendoor Cafe & Courtyard, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 3460 3880, Facebook Page
Staunton’s Wine Bar, G/F, 10-12 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, +852 2973 6611, www.stauntonsgroup.com
The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Road, The Peak, +852 2849 1000
Limewood, The Pulse, Shop 103&104, G/F, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, +852 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk
There are hundreds of pet stores in Hong Kong! There is even a street dubbed "Pet Shop Street" in Mong Kok, head over to Tung Chio Street if you're in need of the basic essentials. For something beyond your ordinary pet shop, try Whiskers N Paws or Pet Line, both have a store and you can order online too! For online-only check out Pet Project, offering all things dog-related, including Halloween costumes! Same goes for Nine Paws who also has an awesome collection of toys and anything pet related.
"Pet Shop Street", Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Whiskers N Paws, 10/F Horizon Plaza 2 Lee Wing Street
Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong,+852 2552 6200,
Petline, G/F, No. 140 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2449 3308, www.petline.com.hk
Family hikes are better with your four-legged friend! Fave stroller-friendly walks are Stanley Promenade to Pak Tai Temple, The Peak Circle Walk, and Hong Kong Trail. For a challenge, hike Dragon’s Back to Shek-O and finish up with a meal at Ming's, they have great pancakes and milkshakes and always have a snack and a water bowl for your furry friend. Or ferry to Mui Wo, hike to Silvermine Bay Waterfall and enjoy a splash around with your canine!
For more fun family walks in Hong Kong, click here!
Sai Kung is one of the best excursions with your canine companion - beach, pier, and many welcoming restaurants. Another great beach adventure is to take the ferry to Yung Shue Wan in Lamma and walk through town to Power Station Beach (pictured). The shops and restaurants are all dog-friendly, and everyone is rewarded at the end of the walk with sand play and a swim!
Dog runs may be limited in Hong Kong, but there are some great parks across the city where your pooch is welcome. A few favorites are Cyberport Waterfront Park, Victoria Peak Garden, Clearwater Bay Country Park, and Tai Tam Country Park where you can BBQ with your dog! Penfold Park at Sha Tin Racecourse (closed on race days) is dog-friendly and there’s a playground too. Perfect!
For more inspiration on which parks to go to in Hong Kong, click here!.
Tired of the barking or the jumping, but Dog Whisperer TV not working for you? Call a local expert to manage that mongrel! Through positive reinforcement (verbal praise, treats, and rewards), your dog will learn good behavior with Eddie Choi, HK Dog Training, or Wish You Were Here, which also offers relocation and dog-walking services.
After pounding the Hong Kong pavement, those paws deserve a pampering! How about a relaxing massage at Fluffy Little Things in Wan Chai? Expect nothing but quality Japanese grooming services provided with the finest Japanese and Korean products. Paw Palace isn't just a spa and salon, they've also got a boutique and wellness clinic. And if your pooch likes to paddle, there are dog pools around town at Pet World Resort and Posh Paws Resort in Yuen Long, and Pet Oasis in Tuen Mun.
Treat Fido to vacation while you’re away! Run by a local family, kennel-free DB Dog Dayz in Sai Kung provides lots of love and park walks. For something more urban, Dogotel offers 5-star service, plus expert grooming and supplies. As does Dog Cheers in Chai Wan who offers 9 private rooms who are chemical-free and they also boast an array of spa services. Other good boarding options are Petworld Resort and Ferndale Kennels. Ask about pickup and delivery!
If you are new to Hong Kong or have a dog new to the house and want to get in touch with people who are also dog owners in Hong Kong, you are in luck when living in this city and have a Facebook Profile. There are loads of Facebook Groups related to having a dog. A perfect platform for where people can chat freely about their dogs and share information.
Dog Walking Hk, www.facebook.com/groups
Hong Kong Adoption Support Group,
Hong Kong Dog Buddies, www.facebook.com/groups
Hong Kong Dog Owner Club, www.facebook.com/groups
Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR),
Hong Kong Pet Owners,
Hong Kong Dog Owners, www.facebook.com/groups
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