A support question that comes up every now and again is about ‘banned breeds’ and what are they? Technically there aren’t any banned breeds of dogs, rather there is a list of restricted dog breeds. As with most things, the terminology you use is important. There are certain extra rules that owners of dogs that are on the restricted list need to adhere to. Here are some of the basic rules that all dog owners need to take care of.
Control of Dogs Regulation
This law is the The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 442 of 1998). The rules state (but we encourage all dog owners to read the statue themselves):
- All these dogs need to be muzzled in public.
- These dogs must be on a short, less than 2 metres, lead. The leash must be ‘sufficiently strong’ or it needs to be a chain.
- Dogs must wear a collar at all times with the owners information on it. This information should include owners name & address.
- These dogs can only be lead by people over the age of 16
- See the exception list below
Restricted dog breeds in Ireland
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- English Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Bull Mastiff
- Dobermann Pinscher
- German Shepherd (Alsatian)
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Japanese Akita
- Japanese Tosa
- Ban dog – a so called ban dog is a cross of any of the above breeds mentioned or any strain of the above dogs listed
Exceptions to these rules include:
- Dogs kept by Garda Síochana / the Defence Forces,
- Dogs kept by the Dublin Port / Docks Board Harbour Police / any Airport
- Police / Fire Service at a State Airport.
- Dogs kept by the Central Fisheries Board or a Regional Fisheries Board,
- Dogs kept by the Customs and Excise service of the Revenue Commissioners,
- Dogs properly used in the search and rescue of a missing person.