The 1986/1992 Control of Dogs Act requires you, when outside your home, to:
- Have your dog under effective control - ie on a lead
- Have your dog wear a collar having the name and address of the owner on an attached plate, badge or dic - a telephone number is a good idea too.
- Not allow your dog to trespass onto property without the consent of the owner.
You would be held financially responsible for any such trespass which results in injury, damage to property and livestock and you dog could be put down as a result.
Microchipping will become compulsory in 2015
The Control of Dogs Regulations 1988 impose additional rules in relation to the following breeds (and strains/cross-breeds of dogs)
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- German Shepherd (Alsation)
- English Bull Terrier
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Bull Mastiff
- Japanese Akita
- Doberman Pinscher
- 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 whi 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 beairing the name and address of their owner at all times.