Which Dogs Need to be Muzzled in UK

Does my dog need a muzzle?

 Every dog owner should understand his responsibility and be aware of dog laws, acts, dog owner responsibilities and rights. To prevent breaking of rules and laws, save your dog and people around, as a responsible dog owner, you should care of proper training, control and equipment for your dog. With this intention a well fitting dog muzzle, comfortable and safe dog harness and leash will be good supplies in walking and training and everyday life different situations. It does not mean that your dog should be always muzzled, as well as many muzzles do not allow your dog to drink and eat. But it is indispensable at such situations, as off leash training, vet visiting (for a dog not to injure itself or a vet), walking in public places, transporting in public conveyances etc.

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Hunting Dogs / Hounds

 You should remember that even a well trained dog is an animal with instincts and some large breeds as the Greyhound and the Lurcher are bred to chase small animals. To secure surroundings and yourself from troubles care of a good fit and comfortable muzzle for these dogs in public places and being out.

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UK Law and Responsibility

 There are no laws in Great Britain that demand a dog to be muzzled in some specified cases, but you should remember that you will take the responsibility if something happens for the fault of your dog. A dog owner should save himself and people around from troubles and injures being in public places, especially if there are children, in public conveyances and while off leash training.

The Dangerous dogs Act of 1991 specified a few breeds to be a danger to the public. These breeds were: the Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentinos, the Japanese Tosa and the Fila Brasileira.

 "Persons from having in their possession or custody dogs belonging to types bred for fighting; to impose restrictions in respect of such dogs pending the coming into force of the prohibition; to enable restrictions to be imposed in relation to other types of dog which present a serious danger to the public; to make further provision for securing that dogs are kept under proper control; and for connected purposes." (DDA 1991)

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There are restricted dog breeds in Ireland, that have to wear muzzles in public places. These are: American Pit Bull Terrier, Bandog, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, English Bull Terrier, Japanese Akita, Japanese Tosa, German Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Dog Training

 A dog should be trained from the very young age to become a well-bred member of the society and make your life spare from troubles and the surroundings from danger. It is up to you to train an obedient dog. If your dog barks or it is too aggressive, a dog muzzle will not resolve the problem, - consult a veterinarian and find a good trainer to manage the problem from the very beginning until it becomes a reflective habit difficult to eliminate.

There are no bad dogs - there is not enough of quality training. Be responsible and care of your four legged friends and we will provide you will all the needed supplies for comfort and security of your dog.

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