Can Mixed Breed Dogs Travel to New Zealand?

Hi PetRelocation,

Can I bring my dog to live with me in New Zealand? She is a boxer mix according to the animal shelter where I got her. We think she is a boxer bulldog mix, so would she be considered a hybrid species, which are not permitted?

I really want to move to New Zealand and would be devastated if I couldn't take her with me! She is microchipped and has all of her shots.


Hi Gigi,

Thanks for the question! Confusion can arise around the pet import requirements for New Zealand since they are so strict and detailed (as New Zealand is a rabies free island country), so we're happy to help.

Here's what the New Zealand government website says:

When the website mentions a ban on “hybrids” they are talking about hybrids of different species (so a domestic dog crossed with a wolf or coyote, for example). Mixed breed dogs are fine as long as they are not on the banned breed list, which as you can see includes breeds like the American Pit Bull Terrier and Japanese Tosa.

In other words, you should be good to go! The only issues you may encounter are related to the fact that your dog sounds like she may have a snub-nosed shape to her face. Snub-nosed pets are more likely to encounter airline restrictions, and at the very least you may need to fly her in a larger than usual travel crate. Read more about snub-nosed pet travel for more information.

Finally, take a look at the official New Zealand pet import rules and let us know if we can be of service as you go about arranging your dog's trip. We've helped many pets travel safely to New Zealand and would be happy to assist you, too.

Hope this helps! Thanks again for your inquiry and good luck with everything.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Gigi
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Boxer Bull dog mix
From: United States
To: New Zealand


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By A Butterworth on April 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Good dayWe are immigrating to New Zealand and have two Ragdoll cats an an amstaff. My concern is whether an amstaff would be considered a Pitbull type and thus prohibited from import into NZ. Please advise. Thanking you in advance.

By Steve O on March 3, 2018 at 4:38 am

G'day. My dog is a Neapolitan Mastiff cross. Her father is pure Neapolitan Mastiff, her mother is a mix that includes some American Staffordshire.I read your reply to Joe about how 'predominantly' a breed of dog is can be subjective. My dog is not predominantly Amstaff. How do I go about having a photo of her viewed for confirmation of a pre-approval?My family are considering a move to NZ, however we aren't prepared to leave her behind.Thank you.

By Christina at PetRelocation on March 7, 2018 at 9:24 am

Hi Steve! To confirm whether you can import your Mastiff mix, you should contact the Ministry of Primary Industries in New Zealand. There is contact information listed at the bottom of their guide to importing cats and dogs. Hope this helps, and best of luck!

By Bj on February 1, 2018 at 3:01 am

Can American bullys registered to abkc from America be imported to new Zealand? Thank you

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 1, 2018 at 11:25 am

Hi Bj,

American Bully dogs are not on New Zealand’s banned breeds list, so you should be able to import your pet there. However, the process for doing so will depend on your origin country. Here are the regulations for importing dogs and cats to New Zealand to give you an idea of the time frames and requirements you can expect.

If you need assistance with this move, we are happy to speak with you! Just fill out our Arrange a Move form with some additional information and a pet relocation consultant will contact you as soon as possible.

By joe on December 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Hi I was just wondering what is meant by predominantly is meant with banned breeds. I want to travel with my dog which is one parent is half pitbull and half pointer but looks more like a pointer and seems to be more pointer than pitbull??

By Christina at PetRelocation on December 29, 2017 at 7:38 am

Hi Joe,That's a great question. The short answer is "it depends". The New Zealand Guidance Document for Importing Cats and Dogs uses the language "predominantly" or "wholly" to describe a dog that would be banned because of breed association. If your dog looks more like a pointer, you would need to provide a photo and get confirmation from the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand that he's not considered predominantly pit bull. This process can of course be pretty subjective. If your dog is deemed predominantly pointer, then you should be able to follow these steps for importing him there, provided you are currently residing in an approved country. You can find documents containing a list of country classifications along with the Ministry for Primary Industries contact information here.

PetRelocation has successfully moved many pets to New Zealand. You can read their stories here! If you would like to be contacted by relocation consultant about your move and how we can help, you can fill out our Arrange a Move form and we'll be in touch shortly!

By joe on December 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

Ok great, thank you so much for the fast reply. Great service, i will be in contact in the future :-) !!

By Jeanette Ruiz on October 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Hello, I was wondering if I can get some questions answered. I own two dogs and I want to move them with me to New Zealand but I am not sure about the total cost and requirements? they are bother service dogs and one is a full breed German Shepherd and the other one is a mix; German shepherd/Husky/Lab. They are like my babies and I don't want to leave them behind.

By on October 18, 2017 at 11:05 am

Hello Jeanette, thanks for your questions!

The rules and requirements for importing pets into New Zealand can be found here. You also might want to read this blog for resources if this is the first time your dogs have traveled.

As far as costs go, our quotes are customized for each person's needs so it is best to fill out our online form here to ensure we have all of the details we need to help.

Thanks again, Jeanette, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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