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Restricted Dog Breed Information

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 442 of 1998) impose additional rules in relation to the following breeds (and strains/cross-breeds) of dog in Ireland:

American Pit Bull Terrier

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English Bull Terrier

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Bull Mastiff

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Dobermann Pinscher

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Rottweiler

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German Shepherd (Alsatian)

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Japanese Akita

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Japanese Tosa

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Bandog

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The rules state that:

  • These dogs (or strains and crosses of them) must be kept on a short strong lead by a person over 16 years who is capable of controlling them.
  • These dogs (or strains and crosses of them) must be muzzled whenever they are in a public place.
  • These dogs (or strains and crosses of them) must wear a collar bearing the name and address of their owner at all times.

The rules on muzzling and leashing do not apply to dogs used by the Gardaí, the Dublin Harbour Police, State Airport Police and bona fide rescue teams in rescue operations. The rules on muzzling do not apply to guide dogs for the blind.

Other Legal Information for Dog Owners

 

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