Dangerous dog

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Dangerous dog is the official name for certain dogs . Both individual dogs and groups or breeds of dogs can be called a dangerous dog. There are laws and regulations that determine which dogs are dangerous dogs in this sense. This is to be distinguished from the colloquial designation of dogs that are perceived subjectively or based on facts as dangerous, as dangerous dogs.

Situation in Germany

In Germany, the law restricting the movement or importation of dangerous dogs in Germany determines dogs of certain breeds and their crossbreeds as dangerous within the meaning of this law.

In addition, all federal states have laws or ordinances that regulate the handling of dangerous dogs. They contain regulations when a dog is considered dangerous within the meaning of the relevant ordinances or laws. With the exception of Lower Saxony, all federal states assume that dogs of certain breeds are dangerous (breed list ).

The term dangerous dog is not defined uniformly. The term attack dog is sometimes used in this context . This is especially true in Baden-Württemberg , where attack dogs are differentiated from dangerous dogs:

"Attack dogs within the meaning of this ordinance are dogs which, due to breed-specific characteristics, through breeding or in individual cases because of their attitude or training, can be assumed to be more aggressive and dangerous towards humans or animals."

- Police Ordinance (Combat Dog Ordinance) on keeping dangerous dogs of August 3, 2000

"Dangerous dogs within the meaning of this ordinance are dogs that, without being attack dogs [...], justify the assumption that they pose a risk to the life and health of humans or animals because of their behavior."

- Police Ordinance (Combat Dog Ordinance), Baden-Württemberg, on keeping dangerous dogs of August 3, 2000
state legal basis
Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg § 2 HuV BW 2000
BavariaBavaria Bavaria § 1 BayHundAgressV
BrandenburgBrandenburg Brandenburg § 8 HundehV
BremenBremen Bremen § 1 Law on Keeping Dogs
HamburgHamburg Hamburg § 2 Dog Act
HesseHesse Hesse § 2 Dog Regulation
Mecklenburg-Western PomeraniaMecklenburg-Western Pomerania Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania § 2 HundehVO MV
BerlinBerlin Berlin § 5 Dog Act
Lower SaxonyLower Saxony Lower Saxony Section 7 NHundG
North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia § 3 LHundG NRW
Rhineland-PalatinateRhineland-Palatinate Rhineland-Palatinate § 1 LHundG
SaarlandSaarland Saarland § 1 Police Ordinance on the Protection of the Population from Dangerous Dogs in Saarland
SaxonySaxony Saxony § 1 GefHundG
Saxony-AnhaltSaxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt § 3 Dog Act LSA
Schleswig-HolsteinSchleswig-Holstein Schleswig-Holstein § 7 Dog Act
ThuringiaThuringia Thuringia Section 3 ThürTierGefG

Great Britain

The UK has had a Dangerous Dog Act since 1991 . Dangerous dogs are described there using a certain defined type.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Police Ordinance (Combat Dog Ordinance), Baden-Württemberg, on keeping dangerous dogs from August 3, 2000 (PDF; 62 kB)
  2. ^ Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Introduction accessed on May 15, 2019