The Most Dog-Friendly Neighborhoods in Hong Kong

Are you a dog lover in search of a pet-friendly neighborhood for yourself and your furry child? Despite the buzzing city life of Hong Kong, there are quite a few neighborhoods that provide a safe haven for both dog parent and child. A word of caution though, before making your decision to buy or rent a property, be sure to check the Deed of Mutual Covenant to make sure that pets are allowed on the premise.

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Ap Lei Chau

Primarily a residential area, Ap Lei Chau has retained many of its serene and pleasant qualities since its founding as a fishing village. The island offers a panoramic view of the surrounding waters and mountains, while the community is equipped with all the necessary daily amenities such as wet markets and supermarkets for groceries, eateries for meals, and fashion outlet stores for shopping.

Inside the Ap Lei Chau Waterfront Promenade is a dog park which is open 24/7 and contains different sections for small and large breed dog, so you and your furry child can exercise at any time of your choosing.

With the MTR South Island Line scheduled to open this Christmas and the stations Lei Tung and South Horizons on the island, this will definitely shorten and offer more convenience on your daily commute.

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley has been a top choice for locals and expats alike as the area has both old-style low rises that offer plenty of living space and new developments that are complete with clubhouse facilities. Bustled with trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, lifestyle shops, beauty and fitness centres, the area offers a one-stop convenience and residents need not go far for anything.

As for your dog child, he/she will surely get a lot of exercise as Happy Valley is mainly made up of uphill streets, so this will be especially beneficial for large breed dogs that simply have too much energy. There are also plenty of veterinarians, pet groomers, pet supplies shops and pet hotels on Yik Yam Street if you need to shop for your furry child.

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Within walking distance of Mongkok, Yaumatei and Homantin MTR stations, the neighborhood of Homantin makes a convenient and ideal choice for both humans and their four-legged friend. If your family has children of school age, the area provides a good selection of kindergartens, primary schools (School Net 34), secondary schools (Kowloon City School District), and even has a university (Open University of Hong Kong).

The streets of Homantin are a social locale for your dog child to meet new friends as you will be able to find dogs of all sorts―from the tiny Chihuahua, medium-size Shiba Inu to large size Bernese Mountain Dog. A massive number of vet clinics, pet supplies shops and pet groomers cover the intersections of Victory Avenue, Liberty Avenue and Peace Avenue, there is even a pet hotel on Waterloo Road that provides training and swimming lessons.

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Sai Kung

Consisting of mostly village houses and waterfront promenades, Sai Kung is especially favoured by those who appreciate a laid-back and relaxing lifestyle. Spotted with pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating, the town centre of Sai Kung offers a great environment for singles, couples and families throughout the entire week, not matter it is for a night out or weekend gathering.

Sai Kung has historically been a pet-friendly neighbourhood where there are many activities you can do with your dog pal, such as hiking, taking a stroll and a dip at the beach, and going on a boating trip. There is also wide selection of groomers, pet supplies stores, pet-sitters and hotels, dog trainers, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals, adoption and rescue centres, and even dog swimming pools!

In addition, the district has 3 pet gardens which include Wan Po Road Pet Garden, Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park and Po Lam Sitting-out Area, with the first being the largest in Hong Kong.

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Referring to the area around Shing Mun River, Shatin is home to several popular private housing estates and major shopping malls. It is also in abundance of education institutes―the district has a whooping number of 46 primary and 46 secondary schools and 5 tertiary institutions, and public, cultural, sports and recreational facilities. All of the above coupled with a complete transport system makes the area welcoming to different types of households.

Coined the ‘Disneyland for Dogs’, Penfold Park sits within the tracks of Shatin Racecourse and covers a vast area of greener, giving you and your dog plenty of space to stretch out and play. However, do remember to check the horserace schedule before you set out. Another place for your dog child to play in the district is Ma On Shan Sai Sha Road Pet Garden.

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