As you’re probably aware we have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Pepper. While planning our travels to Europe we found out that in some countries she is classed as a dangerous dog and therefore not allowed to enter. To ensure that we knew the rules and which countries we could visit with her we started to do some research. It was not easy to find out where she was and wasn’t allowed to go, with so many sites contradicting each other. So we have put this page together to help you understand the rules.
What is the Dangerous Dogs Act?The Dangerous Dogs Act sets forth laws intended to keep the public safe from dog attacks, but it remains one of the UK’s most controversial pieces of legislation. In the UK The Dangerous Dogs Act was introduced in 1991 in response to a spate of dog attacks. The legislation made it a criminal offence to have a dog ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place or somewhere where the dog is not permitted to be. The law was updated in 2014 to extend the law to also cover dogs on private property. It also banned ‘Specially Control Dogs’ – these are also known as banned breeds. A dog that is dangerously out of control is one that has injured another person or has given another person reasonable apprehension that it may do so. There are very similar rules in all European countries and they all differ slightly and class different dogs as dangerous.
What does ‘dangerously out of control’ mean?This may be something as simple as your dog chasing, barking or jumping up at another person or child if it leads to a complaint.
Countries and their rules
If you are travelling in Europe with a possible listed dangerous dog please ensure you have followed the below:
- Research the rules within the country and region you are travelling to and register them if required
- Ensure you have paperwork proving the breed of your dog and pedigree where possible
- Ensure you have a closed muzzle with you
- Ensure you have a short lead
- Buy good quality liability insurance, ensuring it covers your entire stay