Dangerous Dogs

A dangerous dog is defined under section 33 Companion Animals Act 1998 as a dog that has been declared to be dangerous by an authorised officer or the court.

What defines a dog to be dangerous?

An authorised officer may declare a dog to be dangerous under Division 1 of Part 5 of the act if they are satisfied that the dog:

a) has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin) or

b) has, without provocation, repeatedly threaten to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin) or

c) is kept or used for hunting.


Collars for dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs.

A declared dangerous, menacing or restricted dog must wear a distinctive collar.

This collar shows members of the community, especially children, that the dog is dangerous or likely to be dangerous.

The collar must consist of red and yellow stripes : each being a width of 25mm and set on a diagonal rim of the collar at an angle of 45 degrees. This collar can be seen on PAWS.