Hybrid Law tracks laws concerning ownership of hybrid cats and dogs in the United States, and where possible other countries. Legislation is listed by state and may include county and city.



Ownership of some hybrid cats without a permit is allowed under Nevada Administrative Code.

At present, wolves and hybrid wolves are allowed. This status for wolves and wolf hybrids is changing. The Department of Wildlife is in the process of revising Administrative Code to probihit new ownership of wolves and dog-wolf hybrids and to strictly control ownership by indviduals that already have these animals. Sales and purchases of additional new animals will not be allowed, and most likely, owners moving to Nevada from other states will not be allowed to bring their animals with them.  There will be a requirement that existing captive wolves and wolf-dog hybrids be tattooed and ear-tagged. In addition, strict facilities requirements will be implemented that include  annual inspections and wildlife fencing of properties where wolves and wolf-dog hybrids are kept. These changes are a result of growing concerns about human, livestock, and pet safety and the ongoing delisting of Rocky Mountain wolves. There have been fatalities and near-fatalities in Nevada over the past several years where hybrid wolves attacked their owners, and several escapes. Wolves are extinct in Nevada. Prior to 1930, only 6 individuals were documented, and most likely represented single dispersing individuals entering Nevada from Idaho and Oregon.


NAC 503.140 Species for which certain permits and licenses are not required: Specification; release; sale; exceptions. (NRS 501.105, 501.181, 503.597, 504.295)
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4 and NAC 503.500 to 503.535, inclusive, the following animals may be possessed, transported, imported and exported without a permit or license issued by the Department:
(q) All felines, except mountain lions and bobcats;
(r) Wolves;
2. Species listed in this section must not be released into the wild, except as otherwise authorized by the Department in writing.
3. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, lawfully acquired species listed in this section may be sold in Nevada.
4. This section does not authorize the sale, possession, transportation, importation or exportation of animals in violation of any applicable federal or state law, county or city ordinance, or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto.
[Bd. of Fish & Game Commrs, No. 20 27.11, eff. 10-1-76] (NAC A by Bd. of Wildlife Commrs, 11-5-81; 2-28-94; 5-22-97)

Russ Mason, PhD
Chief, Game Division
Nevada Department Of Wildlife
1100 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 688 1520
[rmason @ ndow.org]


Disclaimer: Please check all local, city, county, township, homeowners' ordinances in your area first before acquiring any hybrid or exotic animals.

Laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations from all levels of government affect the ownership of exotic and hybrid animals. It is strongly recommended that county and city laws, and homeowners association rules be researched prior to buying or selling any hybrid animal.

This list was compiled using government websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports. 

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