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What are the posting rules for Pets?

We have partnered with Ban Animal Trading, Beauty without Cruelty, CLAW and a few other animal organisations, to launch Operation Bite Back. Operation Bite Back is the start of a project where we wanted to prevent "backyard dog breeders" and the dog fighting rings from using our platform to trade, look for puppies and even look at areas where people were advertising their puppies for sale.

We have therefore put some measures in place to prevent this. 

For domestic animals, the following rules apply:

  • Age restrictions apply for certain types of pets advertised and animals must have reached a certain age before being advertised on OLX. Their age or date of birth must be included in the ad.
  • Dogs and Cats: must be at least 8 weeks old when sold or adopted.
  • Rabbits: must be at least 6 weeks old when sold or adopted. 
  • Guinea Pigs: must be at least 4 weeks old when sold or adopted. 
  • Mice and Rats: must be at least 4 weeks old when sold or adopted.(Note: sale of mice as pet food is prohibited).
  • Birds: All birds must be fully self-sufficient at time of rehoming and this must be stated in the ad.
  • If for any reason our moderation team has reason to believe that the pets are in fact younger than specified, it may be removed by our moderation team. 
  • We don't allow ads that offer or want animals for swap or trade.
  • All dogs, puppies, cats or kittens must include a minimum price of R100; free to home listings will not be permitted.
  • We don't allow ads for pregnant animals (including livestock).
  • All pet ads must state the exact breed/crossbreed/species of animal advertised. With crossbreeds, please include as much information as possible.
  • Docked tail and cropped ear pets are not allowed on OLX, this is a prohibited practice and OLX does not accept ads of this nature.
  • We don't allow ads that make reference to "racing dogs", "game dogs" or "game bloodlines".
  • We don't allow ads for "conditioning" equipment for dogs, such as hunting jackets or shock collars.
  • The following dog breeds cannot be advertised on OLX:
    • American Bullies
    • American Pit Bull Terriers
    • American Staffordshire Terriers
    • Black & Ysterberg Mastiffs
    • Boerboels / South African Mastiffs
    • Bull Terriers
    • Cane Corsos
    • Dogo Argentino (Argentinian fighting dogs)
    • Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian fighting dogs)
    • Japanese Tosas
    • MiPerro de Presa Canario
    • Pit Bull Terriers
    • Red/blue nose Carver
    • Rottweilers
    • Staffordshire Terriers or "Staffies"
    • Wolves
    • Cross breed dogs including any of the above breeds.

For exotic animals, the following rules apply: 

  • Advertisements offering or requesting the sale of exotic animals are not permitted on OLX. These include but are not limited too; Lemurs, Loris, Bush Babies, Marmosets, Capuchins and other monkeys. 
  • Indigenous animals that are not legally for sale cannot be advertised on OLX. This includes the following:
    • African penguins (endangered - critical red list)
    • Any species of venomous or dangerous spiders/scorpions.
    • Axolotls
    • Cockatoos, Macaws, African Greys and birds of prey or birds requiring permits
    • Caracal and Serval
    • Chameleons
    • Coati Mundi
    • Corals
    • Crows
    • Dangerous large predators (e.g. lions, tigers, pumas etc.)
    • Dassies
    • Duiker, impala, springbok, eland
    • Ferrets
    • Foxes
    • Fresh water crayfish
    • Hedgehogs
    • Indian mynahs
    • Jackals
    • Mallard ducks (Invasive species – NEM BIODIVERSITY ACT 10 -2004)
    • Meerkats
    • Moles, okapi, oribi (endangered - critical red list)
    • Mongooses
    • Muscovy ducks
    • Tarantulas
    • Owls
    • Pigs that are advertised as being "teacup"
    • Poisonous animals
    • Racoons
    • Shews, otters (vulnerable list)
    • Sloths
    • Snakes - All breeds
    • Squirrels
    • Sugar gliders
    • Sun conure
    • Tenrecs
    • Terrapins
    • Tortoises and turtles
    • Vertebrate feeder animals (live or frozen)
    • Waxbills
    • Wolves, timber wolves, dingos, coyotes, or hybrids thereof