Do you know the laws concerning dog ownership in Ireland? Did you even know there were laws? I have decided to write up a quick summary as it is clear that not many people are aware of the laws or choose to ignore them. To my international followers your country will likely have a different set of laws, like the UK for example, the laws are quite different. J
I will start with the obvious – All dogs require a DOG LICENSE. The only dogs exempt from this license are Guide Dogs and dogs which are in the country for less than 30 Days. Puppies under the age of 4 months do not need a license. If you do not think you can afford a license, it’s simple, don’t get a dog. Now we get down to the finer and often overlooked details.
The following dogs (and their crossbreeds) must be kept on a short leash by a person over the age of 16 and muzzled at ALL times in public. They must also wear a collar with the name and address of the owner at all times. These rules apply to everyone except: Gardaí, the Dublin Harbour Police, State Airport Police and rescue teams. Guide Dogs are exempt from muzzling.
The list of Dangerous Dogs is as follows:
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- English bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Bull Mastiff
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepard (Alsatian)
- Japanese Akita
- Japanese Tosa
All guard dogs at none- residential businesses have to be registered and micro chipped. As with dangerous dogs they have to wear a collar with name and address of owner at all times. They must also be either accompanied by a handler or secured so that it cannot wander around the premises freely. Appropriate warnings must be displayed at the property entrance.
Important: Failure to adhere to these laws may result in an on the spot fine (Fine dependent on area), or even imprisonment on a conviction.
Recently I have noticed a lot of lawbreakers in my area. It does not matter how well trained your dog is, if it is on the list, obey the law. If you are concerned for your Welfare or others, do not hesitate to inform the local authorities.
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