Brattleboro Dog and Wolf-Hybrid Licenses Due

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1 (There is a grace period, this year only, until April 3rd due to the fact that April 1 falls on a Saturday). Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

All dogs and wolf-hybrids over three months of age shall be vaccinated against rabies. The initial vaccination shall be valid for 12 months. Within 9 to 12 months of the initial vaccination, the animal must receive a booster vaccination.

All subsequent vaccinations following the initial vaccination shall be valid for 36 months.

If an animal has been spayed or neutered, the certificate issued by the veterinarian must be presented when licensing the animal for the first time. A current rabies certificate issued and signed by a veterinarian must be filed with the Town Clerk.




Specially trained assistance dogs may be eligible for a reduced licensing fee.

Dogs and wolf-hybrids licensed after April 1 will be charged a penalty. In addition, any person failing to license a dog or wolf-hybrid may be fined up to $100 and the dog or wolf-hybrid may be impounded. If an animal licensed last year has died or been given away, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 251-8157 Monday through Friday, 8:30 A. M. to 5:00 P. M.

Thank you,

Hilary Francis
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301
ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312

Comments | 1

  • Is a Chow Chow a wolf hybrid?

    Is a Chow Chow a wolf hybrid?
    Is it correct that Chow Chows are descended from Siberian wolves?

    Last year, I took my adorable little baby puppy to the Veterinarian
    in Springfield and showed her the puppy DNA test from Wisdom Panel.

    It shows American Staffordshire Terrier for one parent, and
    the other parent is American Staffordshire Terrier mixed with Chow Chow.

    The Veterinarian laughed her head off and said the Wisdom Panel
    DNA test was wrong. Well, if human DNA tests can be wrong,
    why not doggie DNA tests?

    When my puppy was finally 3 months old last May and big enough for her
    very first rabies shot, the Veterinarian stated on her
    certificate “Hound Mix”. Daisy was white with fawn colored
    ears and a few fawn colored spots (reddish tan).

    When Daisy got spayed at the Veterinarian in Springfield,
    a different Veterinarian did the spaying, and again I stated
    my concern about the doggie DNA test, and he said it was wrong.
    Daisy, last November, big enough to spay, was still white
    with fawn ears, but now she has fawn colored spots all over.
    The Veterinarian stated that Daisy is a Hunting Dog – Pointer,
    but he left “Hound Mix” on her certificate.

    Daisy is now about 13 months old. How many people have
    anxiety over their dog’s DNA test?

    Why do people get doggie DNA tests? Well, the previous owners
    of Daisy got her off of craigslist and when they bought Daisy,
    they just wanted one thing: a cute puppy with NO pitbull in it.
    The new puppy owners immediately took Daisy to their Veterinarian
    who stated that Daisy was way too young to be taken from her
    mother – and immediately put her on forumla. In the next two
    weeks, the previous owners took a sample from Daisy and sent it
    to Wisom Panel because they have two small children and did not
    want a puppy with any pittbull in it.

    The Wisdom Panel doggie DNA results, stating American Staffordshire
    Terrier and Chow Chow, lead the previous owners to studying those
    breeds of dogs. Guess what? An American Staffordshire
    Terrier is apparently a pittbull! And, when you mix that with
    Chow Chow, you have a “shredder”.

    So, again, two different Veterinarians in Springfield stated
    that Daisy is NOT a Chow Chow – pittbull mix. So, even if
    a Chow Chow is a direct descendant of Russian Wolves,
    I guess I don’t have to worry.

    I’m not worrying. See, no worries!
    Just don’t mess with Daisy
    because you are betting on the expertise of the
    Veterinarians vs. the Wisdom Panel doggie DNA test!

    ps. why can’t we post photos with comments?

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