this site uses cookies. view our cookies policy or .

DogDog Licences & Legal Requirements

Dog Licences & Legal Requirements

Owning a dog involved a number of legal requirements, which are designed to ensure the wellbeing of your dog, and the public. In deciding to get a dog, you must be willing to fulfill these small legal requirements.

Dog Licences

Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 all dog owners are required to have a dog licence. Renewable annually, an individual dog licence is just €20.00, and can be obtained from your local post office or by sending a cheque, payable to An Post, to Superintendent of Accounts, An Post, GPO, Dublin 1. More information about dog licences is available at

Dog Tags

Because your dog can't speak for himself, if he goes missing, it is important that whoever finds him knows how to contact you. Dogs must at all times wear a collar with the name and the address of the owner inscribed on it or on a tag. Failure to have identification on a dog can result in an on-the-spot fine issued by a dog warden. Failure to pay this fine within a specific period can result in prosecution by your local authority. A wide selection of fashionable dog tags are available from your local Petmania store. All tags can be engraved while you wait.

Dog Waste

Under litter laws (Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997), it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul a public place. This means the owner/person in charge of the dog is required under this law to remove dog faeces and dispose of it in a suitable, sanitary manner. Poobags and Pooperscoopers are available to purchase at all Petmania stores, so please do the right thing and clean up after your dog.

Restricted Breeds

The following breeds have been identified as being potentially dangerous. For this reason, under The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 these breeds must be "securely muzzled; and being led by a sufficiently strong chain or leash, not exceeding two metres in length, by a person over the age of sixteen years who is capable of controlling the said dog", when in public places. At Petmania we carry a full range of accessories to ensure your dog's comfort at all times.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • English Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd (Alsatian)
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa
  • and to every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog.
Petmania! Grooming Studio
Work at Petmania - Discover New Vacancies and Apply Online
  • Registered Office: Unit 12, Kilkenny Retail and Business Park, Smithlands South, Springhill, Kilkenny. R95 Y26C Ireland. Vat No. IE9668306G, Company Reg. No. 446299. WEEE Registration Number: IE00231WB. Directors: E. O'Keeffe, S. O'Keeffe, S. Daly. Images are for illustration purposes only. All prices and information is subject to change without notice. Care information contained here-in is provided as a guide only and further reading or medical advice may be required. Pet owners are advised to consult their veterinarian if in doubt as to their pet's health. The Petmania name and logos are trademarks of Petmania. Unauthorised use may result in legal action.


Created by Continuum