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Dangerous Dogs

Owners need to be informed of the new Laws.

The Junta De Andalusia has added Bull Terriors, Presa Canarious, Napolitan Mastiffs and Boxers to the list of Dangerous Dogs. These breeds now cannot be taken out in Public without a lead and muzzle and must be registered at the Town Hall.

Any person owning a potentially Dangerous dog (Perros potencialmente peligrosos) in Spain must have an appropriate licence (by Law of article 3 of the Royal Decree 287/2002, of 22 of March 2002) and the dog must be registered with the municipality.

Handlers and walkers of dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs must also be licenced (article 1, 2 of Law 50/1999, of December 1999) A licence is valid for 5 years.

Warning Dangerous Dogs

Potentially dangerous dogs are identified as being, in one of three categories:

Breeds and breed crosses classified as potentially dangerous.

Dogs with certain characteristics of these breeds are also classed as potentially dangerous.

Breeds and breed crosses classified as potentially dangerous.

Dogs that have a track record of aggression towards humans and other animals must also be licensed and registered.

Dog owner licence application.

The licence application is made to the municipality of the place of residence. The applicant (who must be over 18 years of age) must take the following.

Dog Registration.

Potentially dangerous dogs must be registered with the municipal registry for dangerous dogs (Registro Municipal de Perros Potencialmente Peligrosos) registration of the dog must be renewed annually.

Dog and Cats

Take with you:

Certificate from the vet stating that the dog is in good health.

Proof of identification and microchip number(s) certificate.

Walking a potentially dangerous dog.

Dog owners or handlers must carry the licence and dog registration document when out with the dog. The dog must be muzzled and on a lead of no more than 2 meters long (1 meter in Andalucia). Only one dog may be handled per person. In andalucia, dangerous animals are banned from entering children's leisure or recreational areas.

NB: In most Municipalities only one dog may be registered to one person. The property where the dog are kept must be enclosed by a 2m high barrier/fence.