What is a working dog

A working dog is much more than a pet. It is a highly trained and skilled canine primarily kept to assist humans.

We distinguish between two main categories of working dogs:

Stock dogs, that are kept principally for the purposes of herding or driving stock

Stock dogs are not required to be microchipped.

The following breeds are considered by Council to be used as stock dogs in the District:

  • Any “Collie” breed
  • Huntaway
  • Heading
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Kelpie
  • Maremma Sheepdog
  • Any of the above crosses

No supporting information is required. A Dog Control Officer will be notified of any registrations for other breeds. The Dog Control Officer may request a demonstration of the dog working, when it is of age.

If you are unsure if your dog qualifies as a stock dog, watch the video of Jorgia below as an example of what constitutes a stock dog.

A dog's registration, what is a stock dog

Other working dogs which include seeing-eye dogs, government dogs, guard dogs and pest control dogs.

These dogs are registered with a professional body and are required to be microchipped and we require evidence that the dog is registered with a relevant professional body. 

Disability assist dogs

Photo/copy/scan of certification that the dog is a disability assist dog from one of the following organisations:

  • Assistance Dogs New Zealand
  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand
  • K9 Medical Detection New Zealand
  • Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust
  • New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust
  • Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust
  • Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Incorporated

Government dogs

Photo/copy/scan of documentation from one of the following Government Agencies:

  • Police
  • Customs Service
  • MPI (Fisheries, Forestry)
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department of Conservation
  • Department of Corrections
  • Aviation Security Service
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management

Pest dogs

Photo/copy/scan of the pest management plan under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Dog owned by a licensed Property Guard, for work under that legislation

Photo/copy/scan of property guard approval documentation.

(viii) owned by a property guard or a property guard employee as defined in section 17 of that Act, and kept solely or principally for the purpose of doing the things specified in section 9(1)(a) to (c) of that Act.)

To find out more about the support information required when registering a dog, download our Required supporting documentation flyer [PDF, 614 KB]