Cities in China Are Introducing One-Dog Policies

Posted by Tori Holmes
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China may have put an end to its one-child policy, but parts of the country have started to introduce a one-dog policy.

A few cities across the China have begun to impose restrictions on its residents regarding dog ownership, making it illegal to have more than one dog per household. Owners will also be required to register their dogs and pay a one-time registration fee of $60.

Qingdao, in eastern China, is one of the cities introducing the ban. Residents who are caught with more than one dog per household are liable to pay a hefty fine of 2,000 yuan, which equals about $294. Not only is this city restricting the number of dogs owned, it's taking steps to restrict the breeds owned as well.

Under these new regulations, the city is planning to ban 40 different breeds including pit bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Tibetan Mastiffs, and - oddly - the Newfoundland dog.

The Beijing News

One small silver lining in this situation is that Chinese residents who already own more than one dog will be allowed to keep them.

What are your thoughts on this new one-dog policy? Let us know in the comments.

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Cities in China Are Introducing One-Dog Policies