More dog breeds banned in the UAE
More dog breeds have been banned in the UAE, increasing the number of banned breeds in the country. The changes will take effect in October, and include new import rules for dogs and cats.
According to local reports, the breeds of dogs that will be banned have not yet been revealed. It’s hoped that this move will help protect the UAE from dangerous diseases that are imported by animals, in line with international standards.
If you’re buying a pet, whether from a breeder or a pet shop, it’s important to get clued up on the rules. You can’t import a dog or cat under four months old, and animals must have a rabies vaccination at least 21 days before they enter the UAE.
Dr Thani Al Zayoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, told Emirates News Agency WAM: “The move is to protect against infectious animal diseases and to streamline regulations into one legislative text, making requirements easier to understand.”
Louai Abdul Rahman Ahmad, principal veterinary specialist at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News that the new rules will help ensure that residents are safe from dangerous dog breeds. “The new rules will regulate the breed of dangerous animals. Up until now, we have been focusing on dangerous cats, like cheetahs and lions that are kept as pets,” he said.
When the rules take effect in October, it’s likely that there will be fines in place for those who break the law.
The current list of banned dog breeds includes:
American Staffordshire Terrier
All kinds of Pit Bulls
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Fila Brasilerio/ Brazilian Mastiff
Cross breeds with a mixture of the above may also be banned.