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Cloudy holiday paradise: Denmark tightens dog law


Pit bull and twelve other dog breeds: Currently not wanted in Denmark - Image: Shutterstock / Joseph M. Arseneau

Dog owners who like to vacation in Denmark are currently concerned about their four-legged friends. A stricter dog law ensures that the idyll with the beautiful wide beaches is no longer as safe for animals as it seems.

Entry bans for certain breeds to Denmark and the threat of immediate euthanasia do not currently make the popular holiday country an attractive travel destination for dog owners. The tightening of the Danish dog law has been in force since 2010, but is being discussed intensely again. The reason: The Danish animal welfare organization "Fair Dog" recently made a terrifying announcement via the Internet: Around 1,400 Danish dogs are said to have been killed since the law was changed. No wonder that holidaymakers in Denmark are also on the alert.

New dog law in Denmark: This has been changed

Denmark has been serious since 2010 and bans the import of 13 breeds into the country, also confirming Europe's largest pet registry Tasso e.V.These include the Pit Bull, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Bulldog. The rule applies to all animals that were purchased after March 17, 2010, also to mixed breeds of these dog breeds and even four-legged friends, whose appearance suggests that they belong to a breed.

Dogs can be put to sleep

If the dog law is violated, the animals should be put to sleep. The Danish police can justify the decision-making power over such a death sentence without a legal review. Biting dogs can also be put to sleep immediately according to the new law.

Pit bull and twelve other dog breeds: Currently not wanted in Denmark - Image: Shutterstock / Joseph M. Arseneau

Leash compulsory on holiday in Denmark

The dog law has also tightened the leash requirement in Denmark. Between April and September, you must keep your dog on a leash while on vacation. If you do not stick to this, a penalty may apply: a violation costs around 270 euros. But there is another reason why you should keep an eye on your dog.

Danger to life for stray dogs

An older Danish dog law states that property owners are allowed to shoot stray dogs that enter their premises. Since there is now a fear of the absence of German tourists in Denmark, a vacation-friendly revision of the dog law is currently underway. However, it would be nice if Danish dogs could also benefit from the possible changes in the law.