Restriction of Pets in HDB Housing

Singapore’s Housing Development Board (HDB) is a government subsidized flat provided to almost 80% of the Singaporeans and most of the time they are binding rules & regulations while living at these flats. I was browsing through the HDB’s Website today and found an interesting fact about keeping of pets within HDB’s flats.

HDB allowed pet animals such as fish, hamsters, rabbits and birds to be kept at home, but for two particular pet, dogs & cats, they do have special ruling on them.

HDB only allowed one dog to be kept as pet per flat and they have to be a approved breed as suggested by HDB. This comes into consideration that if this was not being controlled, it might cause nuisance and disturb the neighbours. Below are the 62 approved breed by HDB.


  1. Affenpinscher
  2. Australian Silky Terrier
  3. Australian Terrier
  4. Bichon Terrier
  5. Bohemian Terrier
  6. Bolognese
  7. Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxaellois)
  8. Bichon Avanese
  9. Border Terrier
  10. Boston Terrier (Light weight and middle weight)
  11. Cairn Terrier
  12. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  13. Chihuahua
  14. Chinese Crested Dog
  15. Chinese Imperial Chin
  16. Chinese Temple Dog (classic and miniature)
  17. Coton de tulear
  18. Czech Terrier
  19. Dachshund (light and miniature)
  20. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  21. English Toy Spaniel
  22. Griffon Belge
  23. German Hunting Terrier
  24. Griffon Brabancon
  25. Hairless Dog
  26. Italian Greyhound
  27. Jack Russell Terrier
  28. Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
  29. Japanese Spitz
  30. Lhasa Apso
  31. Little Lion Dog
  32. Lakeland Terrier
  33. Maltese
  34. Manchester Terrier
  35. Miniature Pinscher
  36. Miniature Schnauzer
  37. Norfolk Terrier
  38. Norwich Terrier
  39. Papillon
  40. Pekinese
  41. Pomeranian
  42. Poodle
  43. Pug
  44. Poodle (Miniature)
  45. Schipperkee
  46. Scottish Terrier
  47. Sealyham Terrier
  48. Shetland Sheep Dog
  49. Shih Tzu
  50. Silky Terrier
  51. Small Continental Spaniel
  52. Small English Terrier
  53. Small Sptiz
  54. Smooth Fox Terrier
  55. Toy Fox Terrier
  56. Toy Terrier
  57. Tibetan Spaniel
  58. Volpino Italiano
  59. West Highland Terrier
  60. Wire-Haired Fox Terrier
  61. Welsh Terrier
  62. Yorkshire Terrier

Flat owners that keeps an unapproved dog breed or has more than one dog on the premises is considered guilty of breaching the HDB regulation and liable for conviction that can amount to a fine of up to maximum S$ 4,000.00

Meanwhile, it is less fortunate for cat lovers. HDB does not allowed cats to be kept at flats Explanation is that cats are hard to be confine within the flat and can cause nuisance by shedding of their fur, defecating / urinating in public areas and disturbance to the neighbours with their “meows”.

Prohibited Signs at HDB Blocks

“No Smoking” Sign

If you were to take a closer look below the signs, you will find some small wordings as such..


No smoking and littering within this building and its premises (including all stairways, gardens, car-parks, toilets, covered walkways and terraces)
– Fine up to S$1,000
– Smokers’ particulars will be recorded and submitted to National Environment Agency (NEA) for action
– Be considerate and thank you for your cooperation

In a simple way to phrase all this… you are just not allow to smoke anywhere near here !