Dangerous Dog Regulations

Find out about the regulations concerning dog breeds in the Netherlands...

In 2008 the Dutch government repealed a 1993 law banning pit bull terriers, pit bull cross breeds and Rottweilers. Instead, all dogs found to show acts of aggression are now mandated to undergo a behaviour test and behaviour-correction training if necessary. Dogs that fail this process may be euthanised. Dogs considered to fall into the category of dangerous breeds must pass behaviour testing before being bred, regardless of whether or not the dog has shown aggressive tendencies.

Owners are not obligated to undergo tests or training of any kind but are liable for any damage to person or property inflicted by their dog(s).

Further Information

  • The Dutch government website has a brief overview on the national policy on dangerous dog breeds (in Dutch)
  • A volunteer website dedicated to reducing the incidence of dog bites in the Netherlands has guidelines on how to choose a dog and be a good dog owner (in Dutch)