Regulated Animals

Understand what constitutes a dangerous dog and how to correctly register your pet...

Pets lost and found

Dogs must have microchip implanted and be registered with current contact information so that the owners can be traced.

A found dog should be taken to a refuge, police station, vet, or contact the Carabinieri for environmental protection. The latter two are more likely to be able to read the chip/tattoo and return it to the owner. If a found dog is not registered it may be euthanised.

There is also an area for animals which have been lost (for owners trying to find them).

Dangerous dogs

It is a requirement in Italy for dogs which are classified as "naturally aggressive breeds" to be kept on a lead in public areas and to wear a muzzle. Dangerous dogs must also be covered by Third party insurance. 

Dogs included in this classification are:

  • Pit bull
  • American Bulldog
  • Rottweiler
  • Tosa Inu
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Shepherd of Ciarplanina
  • Shepherd of Anatolia
  • Central Asian Shepherd
  • Caucasian Shepherd
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Perro Majorero
  • Dogo Canario
  • Portuguese Bracco

Owners of the above breeds are required to a special license and to take out civil liability insurance. People under 18 or anyone with a criminal record may not own a dangerous breed.