What dogs must be licensed?

Every dog, regardless of age, owned or harbored in New York State for longer than 30 days must be licensed in the town, city, or village where the dog is being harbored. The following are the only license exemptions:

  • If the dog is under four months of age and not running-at-large (off the owner’s premises).
  • Dogs harbored in New York City (these dogs must be licensed by the New York City Clerk).
  • If a non-resident brings a dog into New York State for less than 30 days and the dog is licensed according to the resident state’s licensing laws.
  • Dogs confined to the premises of any public or private hospital, research institution, or a Class A Dealer with a certificate of exemption from Ag and Markets.

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1. What dogs must be licensed?