Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Dog Rules In England – What You Need To Own A Dog

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 16 ·
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How many dog rules in England are there? Are they easy to follow if you own a dog? These rules and laws are set in place for a reason. It’s for you and your dog’s own best interest. 

Who Can Own A Dog In England?

Anyone can own a dog in England. However, you must be at least 16 years or older and be able to care for the welfare of your pet. It also helps to have a home and a sustainable income.

You’ll fill out this information when adopting a dog to ensure you can care for the pet properly. If an animal shelter doesn’t seem you fit to be a pet owner, they have the right to decline your application to adopt. 

General Laws About Owning A Dog

When it comes to owning a pet, you need to care for them and be mindful of others. For example, various laws are in place to protect and care for your doggo. Also, these laws care for the community as a whole. 

Dog Welfare

In England, many laws and rules are set in place to keep your dog as healthy and safe as possible. This is where animal welfare laws come in.

The number one law is to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe. This means ensuring they have a clean, safe, and positive environment. They should have access to healthy food and clean water and be protected.

In addition, certain collars, such as electric shock collars, are banned. Tail docking and ear cropping and docking are also illegal. Finally, animal abuse is illegal.

Should you break any of these laws, you’re looking at many fines up to 20,000 euros and even prison time.

Vaccinations

It might sound silly, but England doesn’t require you to vaccinate your dog. Vaccinations are set in place to keep your dog healthy and other dogs around them healthy. Even though it’s part of animal welfare, vaccinations aren’t part of the law and aren’t required.

However, only one vaccination is required, and that’s for rabies. All dogs living within England and traveling in and out of England are required to get the rabies vaccination from the vet. 

Community Laws

When you have your dog with you in public spaces or someone else’s home, it’s your responsibility to ensure the community is safe. If your dog is uncomfortable, it may bite, lunge, bark, or growl at others. Should your dog harm another person or animal, it’s your responsibility to pay the fine.

Believe it or not, there are no leash laws. However, certain areas require your dog to be on a leash. If you’re in a place that doesn’t require a leash, make sure your doggo is highly trained and responsive to your commands. 

In addition, you are responsible for cleaning up after your dog if they poop in a public place. If you don’t, then you may have to pay a fine.

Finally, excessive barking can be an issue as well. It can disturb the peace of your neighbors. Also, a lot of barking can be a sign of neglect. For example, if your dog isn’t getting enough attention or they’re being left home alone all day. If the barking keeps up, then they have the right to take the dog away from you.

Identification

Finally, it’s required that all dogs have two forms of identification. For example, your doggo should always wear a collar with an ID tag. The ID tag should have the dog’s name and your name your phone number on it.

In addition, it’s required for you to get your furry friend microchipped.

Between these two pieces of identification, it’ll be easy for you to find your dog if they ever get lost. Also, you’ll be able to easily prove that you’re the dog’s owner when you go to bring them back home. 

A Note About “Dangerous” Dog Breeds

Unfortunately, there are banned dog breeds in England because they are considered dangerous or too aggressive. For example, these breeds are the following:

On the other hand, if you have a typically aggressive or reactive dog when you go out, you’ll have to put a muzzle on them. 

Dog Rules In England

The list of dog rules in English is ever-growing, but owning a dog in England is not impossible. These rules are set to keep you, your dog, and the community safe. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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