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Dog Law

With effect from 31st March 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered on an approved database.


The Control of Dogs Act 1986 requires owners to 

  • Be over the age of 16 years
  • Licence their dogs every year
  • Keep them under control in public places
  • Not let their dogs wander unaccompanied
  • Make good any damage they cause 
  • Prevent the nuisance of excessive barking  (neighbours can complain about excessive barking to the District Court).

 Penalties are in place for those who do not comply with Dog Control Regulations.


Dangerous Breeds:  

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 places extra duties on the owners of the following breeds : 

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bull Terrier
  • German Shepherd (Alsatian)
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or a cross of any of these. 


These dogs may not appear in any public place unless:


  • Wearing a secure muzzle
  • On a strong leash no more than two meters long .
  • Led by a person over 16 years capable of controlling the dog. 


Contravention of the Regulations can result in fines, imprisonment, seizure and even destruction of the dog.  Section 6 of the 1998  Regulations requires every dog at all times to wear a collar and an identity tag giving the name and address of the owner.


Cork City Council, Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Bye-Laws 2011require that a dog brought into a park, cemetery or open space in Cork City borough, and while on any property owned by Cork City Council, whether in the City or County, must



  • Be held on a leash at all times
  • Not cause any annoyance to any other user of that space
  • Not chase, injure or disturb any animal, bird or other creature, and
  • The dog owner must remove all dog faeces from that space and deposit it in a bin (an ordinary litter bin if there is not a specially designated bin).