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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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Dog Rules In Ireland – What You Need To Own A Dog

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 17 ·
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How many dog rules in Ireland 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 Ireland?

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

When adopting a dog, you’ll fill out this information 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. 

In Ireland, you can own up to as many dogs as you want as long as you can care for them all properly. However, the number of dogs you own will determine the type of dog license you get when you register your dogs.

General Laws About Owning A Dog In Ireland

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. 

Licensing And Identifying Your Dog

It’s required in Ireland to get your dog licensed, no matter how many you own. You can get an individual license that expires after one year or get a lifetime license that’s good for your dog’s life.

If you own more than one dog, you can get a general license that covers them all. It costs about 400 euros and is good for about one year.

Licensing your dog helps identify them and makes it easier to prove that you’re the dog’s owner.

However, you don’t need a license for guide dogs, local authority dogs, ISPCA dogs, or dogs staying in Ireland for less than 30 days.

In addition to a license, your dog also must be wearing a collar at all times. They also need to be microchipped by a licensed veterinarian. 

Dog Welfare

Animal welfare laws are set into place to ensure the health and wellbeing of the dogs and the community. 

When your dog is home and outside, it must be confined to your yard. This can be done with a leash or a fence.

This law is to ensure that your dog doesn’t get loose. It prevents them from getting lost or injured by getting hit by a car or fighting with other dogs or animals. 

Finally, you need to keep your dog healthy and happy. This includes getting them up to date with their vaccinations, bringing them to the vet at least once a year for a check-up, and ensuring they’re well cared for overall. For instance, they should have healthy food and clean water.

All vaccinations are required for your dog. However, one of the most important vaccinations your pup needs is the rabies vaccine. So even if you’re visiting Ireland and bringing your dog along, you need to at least have their rabies vaccine up to date. 

Community Laws

When walking your dog, all dogs must be on a leash. Also, if they go to the bathroom while out in a public area, you must clean up after your dog. Otherwise, you may get fined according to the litter laws.

In general, keep an eye on your dog’s body language. If they’re reactive towards other dogs and people, you’ll need to get the proper training.

If your dog excessively barks, you need to consider proper training or how you’re treating the dog. For instance, they could be reactive at people and cars, so you can train them to quiet down when others pass.

On the other hand, they could be barking because they’re bored, need attention, or are home alone all day. If that’s the case, then you need to hire a dog walker or bring them to doggy daycare to ensure they’re cared for during the day. It will also help them get socialized and get out their energy.

If a neighbor complains about your dog barking and you can’t stop it, then the neighbor has the right to bring you to court.

A Note About “Dangerous” Dog Breeds

The following dog breeds (purebreds or hybrids) need to be kept on a strong leash. Also, they need to be with someone at least 16 years old or older who can control them. Finally, the dog needs to wear a collar identifying them and its owner at all times. Finally, if they’re in a public place, they must be muzzled.

These rules apply to the following dog breeds:

Dog Rules In Ireland

The dog rules in Ireland are ever-growing, but owning a dog in Ireland 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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