The Government is considering a sweeping review of dog control laws.
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has asked officials to start thinking about a review, but says it's not a top priority and is still two years away.
Mr Hide says the laws should have more emphasis on the freedom of dog owners to enjoy their animals.
The announcement was welcomed by the SPCA and the New Zealand Kennel Club, who say the current system lacks national consistency.
But Local Government New Zealand says it reflects the varying wishes of different communities.
The SPCA and the kennel club also question whether councils should be administering the law.