Owning dogs as pets is becoming increasingly popular in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As local veterinarians will tell you, more and more Saudis buy dogs, rather than any other pets, not to mention the growing expatriate population.
This trend seems to counteract the islam tradition, which considers dogs filthy animals and therefore only allows keeping them for a specific purpose, such as hunting or guarding. The German Shepherd is the most popular dog breed in Saudi Arabia, while many other breeds, including the Labrador, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Collie and the Pug, are also present. You can get a pet dog in pet stores offering puppies for sale in Saudi Arabia, but local breeders are also starting to appear. Still, if you have the means, you are probably better off purchasing your dog abroad, especially if you are looking for a rare breed.
Importing dogs to Saudi Arabia is not exactly hassle free. The Saudi authorities will require a health certificate and a letter from a licensed veterinarian addressed to the Director of Customs, Saudi Arabia. Both documents must be authenticated by the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Service Office and the State Department's Authentications Office and attested by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. If you want to make the process easy, you'd better hire a company with relevant experience to handle the whole process for you.