The increase in attacks by certain breeds of dog at the end of the 90s led to the adoption of a law to regulate them. Thus, the Potentially Hazardous Animals Act, focussing on the canine species, was drawn up. It categorises animals as potentially dangerous dogs (PDD) on the basis of their musculature, appearance, robust constitution, athletic build, short hair, large jaws and wide, strong mouth. Other features that the Act fails to mention: they are courageous, protective, affectionate and extremely faithful.
The Act requires owners of such dogs to take out a civil liability insurance policy with a minimum indemnity of 120,000 euros for the damage they may cause. Furthermore, the owners must have a municipal license for the possession of potentially dangerous animals that obliges them to meet certain requirements including being of legal age, not having a police record and having a certificate of psychological and physical capability. The dogs are also required to be on a leash and wear a muzzle in public places.
We would like to make one thing very clear: animals are not toys. Never have one if you are not prepared to provide everything it needs. Your devotion will be repaid many times over. Don’t buy: adopt, love and train.