How Many Dogs or Cats Can You Own in Kansas?


While the state of Kansas has no state-wide laws regulating the number of pets residents can keep in their houses, each Kansas municipality has its own animal ordinances. This means that the maximum number of dogs or cats you can own in Kansas State depends on the municipality wherein you live. Most municipalities in Kansas allow up 6 pets per residence. In this article, I have listed some cities in Kansas and the maximum number of dogs and cats allowed per household therein. In addition, you will also find some other pet laws in these cities.

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Wichita, KS

A maximum of 2 dogs and 2 cats is permitted per residence in the City of Wichita, KS. In addition to cats and dogs, Wichita residents may also keep two rabbits. An animal maintenance permit is required to own more than two dogs, two cats, and two rabbits in the City of Wichita. Any Wichita pet owner whose dog is found running at large within city limits shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 upon a first conviction, $200 upon a second conviction, and $300 in addition to an appearance in Municipal Court upon a third or subsequent conviction.

The City of Wichita restricts the ownership of Pit Bulls. Residents are not allowed to own more than two Pit Bulls in Wichita. All Pit Bulls in Wichita must be registered, micro-chipped, and surgically sterilized, according to the city's Code of Ordinances.

Overland Park, KS

The City of Overland Park allows a maximum of 2 dogs and 2 cats per residence. A special animal permit is required to own more than two dogs and two cats in Overland Park, KS. Overland Park restricts a dog based on its behavior rather than its breed.

All dogs and cats over the age of six months in Overland Park must be licensed. The license fee per each unspayed or unneutered pet is $20, per each spayed/neutered or microchipped pet, the fee is $10, and $5 per each spayed/neutered and microchipped pet.

You may obtain an animal foster home permit if you want to operate animal foster homes in Overland Park. The permit is issued by the City Clerk for a fee of $25 per year.

Park City, KS

In Park City, KS, only 3 pets are allowed per household, meaning residents may either own 2 dogs and 1 cat or 2 cats and 1 dog. All cats and dogs 5 months of age in Park City are required by law to be vaccinated and licensed. Pit bulls, pit bull hybrids, and wolf hybrids are prohibited in Park City, KS.

Olathe, KS

The City of Olathe allows a maximum of 4 pets over the age of 4 months (a combination of dogs and cats) per household without a permit. However, if you desire to own more than 4 household pets in Olathe, you must obtain a permit. All dogs and cats kept outdoors in Olathe must wear a license tag and must not be allowed to "run at large" in the city.

Lawrence, KS

The City of Lawrence in Douglas County, KS, allows up to 4 dogs and 4 cats per resident. Other animals you can keep as pets in Lawrence, KS, include gerbils, mice, rats, chinchillas, ferrets, rabbits, degus, sugar gliders, short-tailed opossums, pygmy possums, guinea pigs, and any similar small pet mammal. All cats and dogs 4 months of age or older living within the city limits of Lawrence must be vaccinated against rabies, according to the city's code.

Shawnee, KS

In the City of Shawnee, Johnson County, Kansas, residents are permitted to have up to two cats and/or two dogs in their houses without the need to obtain a Special Animal Permit. A permit is required to own more than 4 dogs and/or cats in the City of Shawnee. The permit also allows residents to own rabbits and ferrets.

The City of Shawnee no longer requires dogs and cats to be licensed. Instead, the City requires that pet owners have their dogs and cats wear an identification tag or plate attached to the pets' collars when they are not indoors or in a vehicle. In addition, all dogs and cats in Shawnee, KS must have a rabies certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian.

When off their owner's property, all dogs must be on a leash and under the control of their owner at all times, except in off-leash areas.

Shawnee's Code prohibits pet owners from allowing their dogs to bark, whine, howl, or make any other noise that is so loud and continuous, thereby disturbing the peace of people living nearby.

Lenexa, KS

A special pet permit is required to own more than two dogs and two cats in the City of Lenexa, Johnson County, Kansas. The City does not restrict dogs based on their breeds. All dogs and cats aged 6 months and older living within the City limits of Lenexa must be licensed. Per spayed or neutered dog or cat, the license fee is $12 per year and $22 per year per non-spayed or non-neutered dog or cat.

Manhattan, KS

The City of Manhattan in Riley County, Kansas, does not place a limit on the number of dogs and cats residents may keep in their houses. However, the City has other animal ordinances that pet owners must comply with. Manhattan, Kansas pet owners are required by law to prevent their dogs from making loud, frequent, habitual, persistent, excessive, or untimely audible noise that can disturb or annoy a neighbor.

In the City of Manhattan, KS, the following dog breeds are deemed dangerous and therefore restricted: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, Fila Brasileiro, Perro de Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, and any dog, whether purebred or mix, that possesses the appearance and characteristics of any one of the restricted breeds.

A restricted or dangerous dog owner must comply with the City of Manhattan's confinement, leash and muzzle, notice, registration, insurance, neutering, and identification laws.

Other Kansas Cities

  • Leavenworth, KS: A total of 6 pets, 4 of which may be dogs, is allowed per residence
  • Leawood, KS: Allows 2 dogs and 2 cats. A permit is required to own more dogs and cats
  • Garden City, KS: Allows no more than 2 dogs and 3 cats per residence
  • Dodge City, KS: Permits no more than 4 dogs. No limit on cats
  • Derby, KS: Allows 4 dogs and 4 cats per household
  • Emporia, KS: Each household is limited to 3 pets
  • Junction City, KS: Limits the number of pets per residence to 6
  • Prairie Village, KS: Allows a maximum of 4 pets per household
  • Hays, KS: Allows a maximum of 4 dogs or 4 cats per household
  • Liberal, KS: Permits no more than 3 dogs or cats per residence
  • Newton, KS: A maximum of 3 dogs and three cats is allowed
  • Great Bend, KS: Allows no more than 6 pets per household
  • El Dorado, KS: Allows 4 dogs or 4 cats or any combination thereof
  • Ottawa, KS: Limits the number of dogs per household to 4. No limit on cats
  • Lansing, KS: A permit is required to own more than 4 household pets
  • Merriam, KS: Residents may own a maximum of 3 dogs and 3 cats
  • Haysville, KS: Allows no more than 4 pets of any combination
  • Atchison, KS: Each household is limited to 3 dogs. No limit on cats
  • Mission, KS: Each household is limited to 4 pets
  • Augusta: KS: Allows no more than a combination of 3 dogs and cats
  • Coffeyville, KS: Allows a maximum of 3 dogs per residence. No limit on cats
  • Independence, KS: Allows no more than 4 dogs. Bans Pit Bulls. No limit on cats
  • Valley Center, KS: Allows 4 dogs or cats or any combination of both animals
  • Bel Aire, KS: Each household is limited to 4 dogs and 4 cats
  • Spring Hill, KS: Each household is limited to 2 dogs. No limit on cats
  • Bonner Springs: Allows no more than 3 pets per residence


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