Restricted Breeds

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 imposes additional restrictions in relation to the following breeds, strains or crosses of dog in Ireland .

• American Pit Bull Terrier
• Bull Mastiff
• Doberman Pinscher
• English Bull Terrier
• German Shepherd (Alsatian)
• Japanese Akita
• Japanese Tosa
• Rhodesian Ridgeback
• Rottweiler
• Staffordshire Bull Terrier
• Ban dog

These dogs, strains or crosses of them shall have the following when in a public place :
• securely muzzled.
• led on a sufficiently strong chain or leash not greater than 2m in length, by a person over the age of 16 years and who is capable of controlling it.
• have a collar bearing the name and address of the owner ( latter applies to all dogs ).

The above does not apply to dogs used by Gardai, Harbour Police, Airport Police, Customs and Excise Service, rescue teams, Guide Dogs for the Blind.
There can be fines of up to €1,269.74 for breaches of all Control of Dogs legislation.

The owners of any of the above breeds or crosses there of, have an obligation to ensure that if these dogs are in a public place they are safely and securely managed and under total control.

The English Bull Terrier

Japanese Akita

Doberman Pinscher

Bull Mastiff

German Shepherd

American Pit Bull Terrier

Rhodesisan Ridgeback


Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Japanese Tosa