Which dogs have to wear muzzles in public places?

[amazon asin=B000LXU95M&template=image]Labrador picture above is the Nobbly Nylon Dog Muzzle from Amazon’s Best Seller in Dog Muzzles. Which dogs have to wear muzzles in public places in the UK?  In the UK, there is not a specific law that specifies which breeds of dogs should wear muzzles. However under ‘The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991’ you could be fined if you exercise reckless ownership of your dog that results in injury to other animals or people.

Also worth noting is that the magistrate’s court can order that a Dog be muzzled if it considers that it has been out of control or has acted dangerously. There are four types of dogs that are banned un the UK under ‘The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991’ act that are as follows:

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Banned Dog Types in the UK

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentine
  • Fila Braziliero

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In the Republic of Ireland under the ‘Control of Dogs Act 1986 as amended by the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992’ all ‘Restricted Breeds’ must wear a muzzle in public places. The restricted breeds are as follows:

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

For up to date information regarding current laws in the USA/UK/Ireland please visit your local council/government website.

How to choose the right type of dog muzzles for your dog:

  • Ensure that the size can be optimally adjusted with adjustable belt.
  • It is easy if the adjustments are made to the belt at the back of the dog’s head as opposed to underneath.
  • Ensure the dog muzzle you choose will fit your Dog’s snout circumference.
  • Velcro fasteners are easier to adjust and more comfortable for the dog to wear.
  • Choose a muzzle that is washable as they can dirty very quickly over a short period of your dog wearing them.

Also, please remember, when choosing a dog muzzle that these are only a temporary solution as they can restrict the dog’s ability to pant or cool down their body. They should be used under supervision and usually not left on your dog for periods extending 20 minutes.

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