Dublin City Council Bans 11 Dog Breeds

In Ireland, the Dublin City Council has put into immediate effect a ban on 11 dog breeds. The following breeds will not be allowed in council housing in the city: English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Doberman, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Japanese Akita, Bull Mastiff, Japanese Tosa, and the Bandog.

The council says that in light of increasing numbers of complaints, they have decided to ban these breeds that are deemed “dangerous”. Also, they say that if the dogs cannot be found alternative housing, they will be euthanized.

The council is also seeking to widen the ban to include all public parks in Dublin.

A spokesperson for the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that the ban “is totally irresponsible”, and that the council is basically sentencing these dogs to death.

Source: K9 Magazine, UK Edition

14 Responses to “Dublin City Council Bans 11 Dog Breeds”

  1. Lynne says:

    Irresponsible owners should instead be banned.

  2. furmom says:

    This ban is racist. Many other breeds are just as aggressive as these. I noticed Irish Wolfhounds and Irish terriers are not banned.

  3. Mara says:

    This is awful. I agree, irresponsible owners should be the ones in trouble NOT the breeds. Banning these animals is just wrong!! I’m an owner of a rescued Pit Bull & she is the most timmid animal I’ve ever met.

  4. vida says:

    Any badly trained or treated animal can bite, it’s so unfair to the poor dogs in question to blacklist a whole breed when it’s the owners fault. My vet too had a rescued Pit Bull, his three little kids were safe as houses with her. Such a sweet dog after such a rough start to her life.

  5. PHILIP CURLEY says:

    Knock Knock!Who’s there?Dublin City Council.Dublin City Council who?Dublin City Council who once again demonstrate that they are incapable of dealing with dog owners who have under their control dogs which ,if licenced and muzzled as per the laws which we already have in place would solve the problem to everyones satisfaction.However,they don’t and won’t use these laws and are merely covering up the fact that in reality these dog owners will continue to terrorise local communities because they don’t care about anyone.Amazingly DCC didn’t ban knives/glass bottles etc or warn those convicted of assault using such weapons that they could be banned from council properties.That would be too extreme.So just kill the dog’s,regardless of whether they have ever done any wrong.We as a people must be the most spineless bunch God ever created for allowing this to happen.Dubliners wake up,this is still your city.Don’t let a bunch of idiots determine your life,or the life of your pet.Write to the minister for justice.Write to the Dublin City Manager c/o City Hall.Demand a repeal of this law.At the moment there are nine named breeds/crosses(mongrels as we know them).At any time your pet could be named as a dangerous breed if someone makes a complaint.Jack Russels,Yorkies ,the mind boggles but all have and will bite.Dog lovers act now before it’s too late.

  6. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    They want to extend this stupid ban to ALL PUBLIC PARKS TOO?! So even if your dog has never attacked anyone or even thought about biting a person and you don’t live in a housing development that is affected by the ban you will not have a place outdoors in public that you can exercise or play with your dog. You’re being punished for the stupidity of others.

    When are the lawmakers of the world going to wake up to the fact that there are certain PEOPLE that are causing the problem? They are people that just shouldn’t own pets period.

    Oh, wait a minute…what was I thinking? We can’t have the rights of the careless and stupid people of the world being infringed upon by telling them they are not allowed to own any pets after they prove they are negligent, not when we can just punish the responsible and irresponsible alike and make the animals pay with their lives.

  7. Stormer says:

    I do understand the concerns of having very large dogs in public housing. A large dog in a small apartment can really cause some maintenance woes. On the other hand, it’s unfair to categorize these dogs as dangerous, and this is an attempt to single out certain breeds. I would find it less upsetting to see the Council say ‘no dogs over 50 lbs.’ would be permitted in public housing. At least that wouldn’t be singling out dog breeds, some of which are service dog breeds here in the US. Patently unfair, but it’s what happens when the government gets involved where it doesn’t belong.

  8. cian says:

    i own both a pit bull and a rottweiler and they both are so plassed and get on perfect they also enjoy children and other dog company. it should be the owners banned of haveing the dogs if there proved using them in an inapropriate maner.

  9. isabel says:

    german shepperd shouldnt been in that list.they are man best friend. I have always been around them and i couldnt been a better dog for childrens than them.they never let you down ,they give their lives for you.

  10. Matthew Cunningham 19 says:

    Another ridiculous law/ban made by the goverment/council, it is these sorta things that lead the public to have a very low veiw on the goverment. The same goverment that is supposedly trying to save the enviroment. All Dogs Are Dangerous given the right circumstances, in the same sense that all humans can be dangerous and cars are also dangerous and areoplanes. Fact is There is a lot of things that are dangerous, this is just the Goverments stupid way of coping with it. They need somewhere to put the blame, and because it is cheaper in legal fees to put a dog down than to charge the human ,that is ONE of the reasons .
    I myself own a Boxer an American Bulldog and a Staffordshire Terrier. All different ages, all males and live in perfect harmony-another fact. These dogs that have been banned look as if the decision has been made concerning headlines and we all know how far from the truth the newspapers are. Thank you for reading

  11. Matthew Cunningham 19 says:

    First off it says at the top, the reason behind this is that these dogs are “Deemed Dangerous” if that was the case Labradors should be in there for the simple reason, A labrador can be just as dangerous. FACT

    (Spring to mind) I was actually walking my dogs Off Leash in what i thought was deserted feilds, out of no where comes 2 greyhounds-lurchers and approach my Staff terrier while controlling my other 2 dogs violence breaks out and the larger dogs attack my dog. The staff made a bad move and squealing helplessly, ran for its life. I had to run after them about 70 yards and defend my dog. Anger had risen tremendously because of the harm coming to my dog. After i got close enough i through a friendzy kicking and beating the 2 dogs, about one minute had passed when i realised that the dogs didn’t let up, with that i had thrown one by the scruff bout 4 yards down a bank into barbed wire. My attention went straight to my dog and it was looking very bad,. It had progressed very badly. With thoughts of me burying my own dog i picked up a large stone got a hold of the mut and beat his ugly skull in. My Dog and i sustained several bites most of mine to my left leg. The man who owned the dogs could only apoligise and leave with a mouthful of abuse and one dog. He actually gave me 73 pound and said it wold help with the vet bill.

    Police are meant to keep us safe but they just deal with problems after they happened. Does that mean that because the police dont do thier jobs properly they should be fired. Course not.

    The Moral is these things are always going to happen, (like car crashes will continue to happen,) It is how we deal with them that make us who we are to day.

  12. Deed Not Breed Dublin says:

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    PEACEFUL PROTEST DUBLIN 4 TH SEPT 1PM

    Dublin City Council are trying to implement a ban on restricted breeds being owned by council tenants, this is discrimination at its very least and it is an infringement on your human rights, responsible dog owners and council tenants are being treated as second class citizens in yet another example of Ireland’s two-tier Society.

    Just because some people can’t afford to buy their home does not make council tenants irresponsible or incapable of controlling and owning a dog regardless of breed,
    Council tenants have till September 30th to neuter and microchip their dogs or face eviction.

    There has been no change in legislation and there has been no bylaws passed
    This is just intimidation and bullying by Dublin City Council and if we lie down and accept this what will be next???

    We must remind our councillors we have a very important election coming up in 2009 and if any council parties are supporting discrimination in turning council tenants into second class citizens we can fix this next year in the election!

    we all need to stand together, this also effects where we can walk our dogs most of the parks and roads are owned by the council, how are we suppose to socialize our dogs, these dogs are not illegal in this country but it is being made impossible to own one ,

    This is just the first step up the ladder for a nation wide ban , if DCC get away with this other councils will follow.

    Deed NOT Breed Dublin is a group of volunteers who will be organising a peaceful protest outside Dublin City Council building Fishamble Street On Thursday September 4th @ 1pm

    ** (NO DOGS PLEASE) **

    Contact Deed NOT Breed Dublin and show your support in joining this protest and stand up for your rights and to own a dog regardless of breed.

    **We all know dogs are not the problem here irresponsible owners are! **

    For more information contact: Deed Not Breed Dublin, 086-8479326/086-3085541

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    PEACEFUL PROTEST DUBLIN 04TH SEPT 1PM
    by carolinecor on Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:35 pm

    Dublin City Council are trying to implement a ban on restricted breeds being owned by council tenants, this is discrimination at its very least and it is an infringement on your human rights, responsible dog owners and council tenants are being treated as second class citizens in yet another example of Ireland’s two-tier Society.

    Just because some people can’t afford to buy their home does not make council tenants irresponsible or incapable of controlling and owning a dog regardless of breed,
    Council tenants have till September 30th to neuter and microchip their dogs or face eviction.

    There has been no change in legislation and there has been no bylaws passed
    This is just intimidation and bullying by Dublin City Council and if we lie down and accept this what will be next???

    We must remind our councillors we have a very important election coming up in 2009 and if any council parties are supporting discrimination in turning council tenants into second class citizens we can fix this next year in the election!

    we all need to stand together, this also effects where we can walk our dogs most of the parks and roads are owned by the council, how are we suppose to socialize our dogs, these dogs are not illegal in this country but it is being made impossible to own one ,

    This is just the first step up the ladder for a nation wide ban , if DCC get away with this other councils will follow.

    Deed NOT Breed Dublin is a group of volunteers who will be organising a peaceful protest outside Dublin City Council building Fishamble Street On Thursday September 4th @ 1pm

    ** (NO DOGS PLEASE) **

    Contact Deed NOT Breed Dublin and show your support in joining this protest and stand up for your rights and to own a dog regardless of breed.

    **We all know dogs are not the problem here irresponsible owners are! **

    For more information contact: Deed Not Breed Dublin, 086-8479326/086-3085541

  14. Deed Not Breed Dublin says:

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    we all need to stand together, this also effects where we can walk our dogs most of the parks and roads are owned by the council, how are we suppose to socialize our dogs, these dogs are not illegal in this country but it is being made impossible to own one ,

    This is just the first step up the ladder for a nation wide ban , if DCC get away with this other councils will follow.

    Deed NOT Breed Dublin is a group of volunteers who will be organising a peaceful protest outside Dublin City Council building Fishamble Street On Thursday September 4th @ 1pm

    ** (NO DOGS PLEASE) **

    Contact Deed NOT Breed Dublin and show your support in joining this protest and stand up for your rights and to own a dog regardless of breed.

    **We all know dogs are not the problem here irresponsible owners are! **

    For more information contact: Deed Not Breed Dublin, 086-8479326/086-3085541


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