Monday, June 14, 2010

Dogs considered "potentially dangerous"

Dangerous Dogs a general definition according to Royal Decree 287/2002 which itself is a continuation of 50/1999. 
Dogs considered "potentially dangerous" are:

1. Those belonging to any of the following breeds and their crosses:
Pit Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Dogo Argentino
Fila Brasileiro
Tosa Inu
Akita Inu

2. Those animals that have all or many of the following characteristics:
Strong musculature, powerful or athletic constitution, robustness, agility, vigor and endurance.
Strong character and marked courage.
Short hair.
Thoracic perimeter between 60 and 80 centimeters, shoulder height of between 50 and 70 centimeters, and weight over 20 kg.
Voluminous, square, robust head, with a wide and large skull and muscular and pronounced cheeks. Strong and large jaws, robust, wide and deep snout.
Broad, short and muscled neck.
Broad, thick, deep chest, with arched ribs and short and muscled back.
Straight, parallel and robust forelegs and muscular hindquarters, with relatively long hindlegs at a moderate angle.

3. Those dogs with a record of aggressive tendencies or prior attacks to humans or other animals.

All dogs covered by the act must :
wear a muzzle when outside
be restrained by a non-extendable lead of 2 metres when outside
be tied up even on private property if it is not fully enclosed
be registered at the local town hall and duly licenced
be covered by public liability insurance taken out by their owner to a minimum of €120,000 (proof of licence and insurance must be carried whenever the dog is on public land).

Who is allowed to keep potentially dangerous dogs:
owners may not be minors
must not have a criminal record
must be physically and psychologically accredited
must have public liability insurance to a minimum of €120,000 


This information was translated by Janet Anscombe - Check out her excellent posts on News relating to Tenerife on  her website and here are a couple of Janet's dog related posts

Public urged to denounce to the police anyone breaking law under dangerous dogs act click here
Child killed by pitbull terrier in Santa Cruz click here

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