THE DANGEROUS DOG LIST IN SPAIN 

REGULATIONS, THE LAW & INSURANCE FOR DANGEROUS DOGS  

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THE DANGEROUS DOG LIST - SPAIN.

You will be pleased to know that Protectapet, The European Pet Healthcare Management Organisation is able to provide you with comprehensive healthcare plans for ALL breeds of dogs of any age regardless of whether they are considered dangerous or not as well as the public liability insurance required for ALL dogs in Spain that may be classified as dangerous under the current Spanish law.

The vast majority of our pets are very docile and placid or happy and bouncy in their natures and in no way appear to be dangerous, but the law in Spain is very clear and straightforward. The Dangerous dog act, Spain. No. 50/99, a law that is governed by the law Real Decreto 287/2002, created on 27th March 2002, states that if you are the owner of any dog that is over 20kg in weight or is specified within the Dangerous Dog Act as a potentially dangerous breed or a crossbreed of a potentially dangerous breed, then you and your dog must obtain a dog licence from your local town hall.

You can only walk these dogs on a short lead of 1 meter and they always have to wear a muzzle once they are outside the home or in the car. Even if your dog is not one of those listed breeds, but has been recorded as a dog that has bitten a person or child in the past, it will be classified as being on the list of the dangerous dogs.

All dangerous dog insurance policies have to be paid by direct debit on an annual basis from your bank account. This proves that you have the policy in your name and that it is paid by the owner of the dog. They are not expensive, the average for 300,000 Euros of cover is approximately €100.00 a year.

Is your dog on Spain’s dangerous dog list?

The list, as laid out in the Dangerous Dog Act for potentially dangerous dogs, is as follows:

  • Pit Bull and Bull Breeds
  • Canary Island Prey Dogs
  • Caucasian Shepherd
  • Doberman
  • Corsican Can
  • All Mastiffs
  • Brazilian Fila
  • Bordeaux
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherds
  • All dogs over 20 kilos in weight
  • Any Crossbreed of the above list

What do you need to do now?

  1. Contact your local town hall and collect your application for a dog licence. This will tell you everything that you will need in order to obtain the licence and can vary from province to province. You must be over the age of 18 years old.
  2. Get your dog micro chipped at the vets.
  3. Obtain your public liability policy and proof of payment.
  4. Obtain any criminal records check certificates that you may need. Some regions will ask for these checks to be made in the country of your nationality as well as Spain. This could take some time and any documents from another country will also need to be legally translated into Spanish.
  5. Organise any psychological test or medical test that may be required.
  6. You will also need to present your NIE and your passport.

A guide to Public Liability Insurance for Dangerous dogs.

Protectapet have received so many requests to provide clients with third party liability insurance for Dangerous dogs in Spain, that we have affiliated ourselves with a company that we believe will cover the requirements necessary in Spain and that we consider suitable for our clients. 

The level of public liability insurance will vary from region to region and we have prepared a guide for you (Click Here). If you live in a region where the minimum insurance cover required is quite low and you contract a policy for that low level of cover, then you will not be insured correctly if you travel to other regions. With this in mind and with the rising costs of court settlements, Protectapet believe it is more prudent to be covered for a greater amount than the legal minimum necessary and we would recommend an insured sum of €300,000. As with all policies in Spain, the public liability insurance is only valid when it is presented with the accompanying proof of payment.

Small dogs under 20Kg in weight can also be covered for third party liability. Although small dogs do not need to be registered there are some that like to escape and they then have the potential to cause road traffic accidents.  Those dogs that become frightened in large crowds or by loud noises or around children and react by biting, should also be insured. 

Below is a brief summary of what the Public Liability policies should include:

  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog be involved in a fight with another animal.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should you dog attack any person when not on your property.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog escape from your property and kill or injury a neighbour’s pet or livestock.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog escape from your property and damage another person’s property.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog escape from your property or direct control and cause a road traffic accident.
  • There is no excess on some policies.

In the event of you being bitten by your dog, the policy will not cover you as the owner of the dog, but will cover your family members or anybody else that is injured by your dog. The cover should be for Mainland Spain, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Andorra only. Your dog will need to be micro-chipped and you will need an NIE number in order to set up a policy.

Public Liability insurance for EU Countries.

Also, for the first time there are public liability policies for the whole of the European Union.

  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog be involved in a fight with another animal.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should you dog attack any person when not on your property.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog escape from your property and kill or injury a neighbour’s pet or livestock.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog escape from your property and damage another person’s property.
  • Cover up to €300,000 should your dog escape from your property or direct control and cause a road traffic accident.
  • There may be a policy excess of €200 for incidents outside of Spain. There is not usually an excess for incidents that occur in Spain.

Once again, the policy will not cover you as the owner in the event of you being bitten by your dog but will cover your family members or anybody else that is injured by your dog. The cover is for Mainland Spain, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and the European Union. Your dog will need to be micro-chipped and you will need an NIE number in order to set up a policy.

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Protectapet are providing this information as a guide only and cannot be responsible for any omissions or changes and variations that may occur due to changes in any rules and regulations governing the status of dangerous dogs in Spain or the rest of Europe. If you do require any additional information please call us on 965756371. 

 

Copyright Protectapet, The European Pet Healthcare Management organisation August 2017