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:

  • Farm dogs, or stock dogs, which are kept to herd farm animals. These dogs are exempt from microchipping.
  • Other working dogs which include seeing-eye dogs and pest control dogs. These dogs are registered with a professional body and are required to be microchipped.

Farm dogs are by far the most common working dogs in New Zealand. They are extensively trained and kept primarily for the purpose of working livestock. If you register yours as a stock dog we might ask for a demonstration of its herding abilities.

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 working dog