The new Dog Act states that:

  1. You, owner or caretaker, are responsible for the well-being of your dog (food, water, shelter, enough space to walk around, and veterinary medical care when suffering).
  2. You should always keep your dog on your terrain and it also states how you must do that in a Ministerial Decree: fenced in, dog run cable, or dog run.
  3. Outside your terrain you must keep your dog on a leash.
  4. Dogfights are a criminal offense.
  5. For dangerous dogs you need a permit. Dogs can be appointed as “dangerous dogs” in 3 ways:
    1. By race. This has not been done yet because there is still debate on this issue.
    2. When a dog is known to be a dangerous dog.
    3. When a dog has been involved in a serious bite incident where police have made an official report.

    When the new Dog Act comes into power, initially only owners who are aware they have a dangerous dog will be required to have a permit (see b. above).

  6. You can be fined or even sent to jail if you don’t comply.