California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Restricted and exempted domestic animals

Introduction Table of Content Ferret Bibliography Population Estimates
Ferret Survey Biology and Uses Ferret in the Wild World Distribution
California's Concerns Native Carnivores Other Mustelidae Tables

Table 5

California restrictions and exemptions relating to the importation, transportation and possession of many varieties of domestic birds and mammals

This list is not complete; refer to California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 671.

Ratites (ostrich, emu, etc.) All
Order Anseriformes (waterfowl) All
Order Galliformes (pheasants, chickens, quail, guinea fowl, etc.) All
Other non-restricted birds Examples: Canaries, parrots, parakeets, many finches
Order Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares) domesticated races of rabbits and hares
Order Rodentia (mice, rats, etc.) domesticated races of golden hamsters, dwarf hamsters, rats, mice, guinea pigs, chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger)
Order Carnivora (carnivores) domestic cats and hybrids of domestic cats, domesticated dogs, and offspring of F-1 wolf-dog hybrids
Ungulates (hoofed animals) horses; burros and asses; domestic cattle of the species Bos taurus and Bos indicus; yak; Asian water buffalo; domestic sheep; domestic goat; domestic swine; llama, alpaca, guanaco, and their hybrids; camels; and bison

Family Psittacidae (parrots) Monk parakeet (also called Quaker parakeet)
Order Insectivora (shrews, moles, hedgehogs, etc.) All species (including all species and varieties of hedgehogs, including domestic hedgehogs, hybrids, and colors or mutations of wild types)
Order Rodentia (mice, rats, etc.) all species and varieties of gerbils, and all wild-caught or captive-bred species of squirrels, prairie dogs, fur-bearing rodents, mice and rats, except rodents specifically exempted above
Order Carnivora (carnivores) domestic or ranch mink, domestic ferrets, polecat-ferret hybrids, domestic or ranch red fox, Arctic or blue fox, and F-1 wolf-dog hybrids
Ungulates (hoofed animals) domestic and semi-domestic ungulates, including fallow deer, ranch-raised elk, reindeer, eland, gayal

Table 1. Relative sizes of carnivores.
Table 2. Established species of non-native mammals in California.
Table 3. Established populations of escaped pets/ornamental animals.
Table 4. Restricted domestic animals.
Table 5. Restricted and exempted domestic animals.
Table 6. Illegal pets in California.