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Dangerous Dogs

UPDATE Article Ed. 6 2020 - 17-02-2021

Dangerous Dogs

We are frequently contacted about dangerous dogs and asked which dogs are included in Portugal and what the rules are about owning and exercising them.--As nossas desculpas por este artigo não ter tradução --

Please be aware that there is a difference between ‘Dangerous Dogs’ and Potentially Dangerous Dogs’. Dangerous dogs are any dogs that have bitten or attacked a person or other animal and Potentially Dangerous Dogs are those that pose a potential danger due to their characteristics. The seven potentially dangerous dog breeds are:

  • Tosa Inu
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Rottweiler
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
To own a pet in this 'group', you must be over 16 and have a special license. In addition, the owner must also have liability insurance for the dog, as well as presenting the owner's criminal record and the “sterilization proof” of the animal and is required to sign a term of responsibility.
As is already known, the animal must "have a valid rabies vaccine" and be identified with a microchip.
Members will be able to access our information Bulletins (G08/G09) if download it from our website or can be request it at our office via email: or by phone 282 458 509
We are also often asked about noisy dogs and of course that’s more complicated. Dogs that bark incessantly, particularly when their owners are out of the house, should be reported to either the local authorities or the GNR. If dogs are left on closed balconies they may be considered to be at risk themselves and their owners can be required to take action to end whatever is causing the animal to be distressed. They can also be in unhygienic conditions and the municipal vet may well take action against the owners.
Dogs that bark incessantly between 11pm and 7am are contravening the night-time noise prohibition and owners of the dogs may face fines for not controlling the animal, of course always assuming that is a domestic animal causing the nuisance. Feral dogs can be reported to the GNR or to your local Câmara Municipal (Municipal VET) if they gather in the same place over an extended period.   

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