The Ultimate Guide to Finding The Perfect Dog Breed in Singapore!

Thinking of getting a furry companion to keep you company in Singapore?

We know all dogs look cute and deserve a furever home. But before you jump in with both feet, there are a few important considerations in choosing the right dog breed that'll suit your lifestyle and not to mention, the wild local weather.

Dogs come in different sizes, shapes, and temperaments, and each breed has unique needs and personalities.

In this post, we'll discuss the factors to consider when choosing a dog breed that is right for your life in Singapore!

  1. Size: The size of the dog is an important factor to consider in Singapore's climate. Singapore is a tropical country, and dogs with thick coats may not be well-suited to the hot and humid weather.

    Smaller dogs may be more comfortable in Singapore's small apartments and HDB flats, where larger breeds may struggle for space. If you live in a larger house with a garden, a larger breed may be a better fit.

    Some examples of small breeds that may be well-suited for Singapore's apartments include the Chihuahua, Pomeranian, and Shih Tzu, while larger breeds like the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and German Shepherd may be more appropriate for homes with larger outdoor spaces.

  2. Energy Level: Different dog breeds have different energy levels, and it's important to choose a breed that matches your activity level and work schedule.

    Singaporeans generally have busy work lives, and may not have a lot of time to dedicate to their furry friends during the day. Low-energy breeds like the Shih Tzu, Chow Chow, and Bichon Frise may be a better fit for owners who have a busy work schedule, while high-energy breeds like the Border Collie, Jack Russell Terrier, and Labrador Retriever may require more exercise and playtime.

    Some breeds with moderate energy levels that may be well-suited for Singapore include the Cocker Spaniel, Boxer, and Beagle.

  3. Temperament: The temperament of the dog is another important factor to consider when choosing a breed.

    Some breeds are known for their loyalty and protectiveness, while others are more social and outgoing. In Singapore, you may want to choose a breed that is friendly and social, as it's extremely common to encounter other dogs and people during walks and in public spaces.

    Breeds like the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Beagle, and Poodle are known for their patience and gentleness, and may be a good fit for families with children.

    Other breeds that are popular in Singapore for their friendly and adaptable nature include the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Boston Terrier, and French Bulldog.

  4. Grooming: Different dog breeds have different grooming needs, and it's important to choose a breed that fits your lifestyle and Singapore's climate.

    In Singapore's hot and humid weather, dogs with thick coats may require frequent grooming to keep their coats healthy and tangle-free. Breeds with short hair, like the Boxer, Great Dane, and Dalmatian, may be a better fit for the local climate and require less grooming. If you have allergies, you may want to choose a breed that is hypoallergenic, like the Bichon Frise, Poodle, or Schnauzer.

  1. Health: When choosing a dog breed, it's important to consider their potential health issues. Certain breeds may be more prone to certain health conditions, such as hip dysplasia, heart disease, or allergies.

    As mentioned in point 1, it's also important to choose a breed that is well-suited to the local climate and environment, and that has a low risk of developing heat-related illnesses.

    Larger breeds like the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and Saint Bernard may be more prone to heat exhaustion due to their thick coats and large size.

    Some breeds that are known to be prone to certain health issues include the Bulldog (respiratory issues), the German Shepherd (hip dysplasia), the Boxer (cancer), and the Dalmatian (urinary tract problems).

    It's important to research the potential health issues of any breed you are considering and to choose a breeder that screens their dogs for genetic health conditions.


Overall, owning a dog requires a significant commitment of time and effort, including providing food, water, and exercise, as well as training, socialisation, and medical care.

In Singapore, where owners often have busy working hours, it's important to choose a breed that can adapt to your lifestyle and that you can commit to caring for!

If you're all decided and ready to get your pet, the next step would be naming him or her! We've written an excellent guide on it, 'The Art of Naming Your Dog: Ideas, Inspiration, and Strategies for New Pet Owners'!

Once you're all set, be sure to consider making fashionable and highly instagramable pet ID tags like the ever popular Singapaw NRIC that will surely set tails wagging!

Choose from the many fun and quirky designs such as the University of Calipawnia, Barkley or Harwoof University.