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Restricted Breeds

The Control of Dogs Regulations, 1998 imposes additional rules in relation to the following breeds (and strains/cross-breeds) of dog in Ireland:

American Pit Bull Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier 
English Bull Terrier German Shepheard (Alsation)
English Bull Terrier

German Shepherd (Alsation)

Doberman Pinscher Rottweiler
Doberman Pinscher Rottweiler
Bull Mastiff Rhodesian Ridgeback
Bull Mastiff Rhodesian Ridgeback
Japanese Akita Bandog
Japanese Akita Bandog
Japanese Tosa  
Japanese Tosa  

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 for example the Gardai, 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.

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