Dogs of all shapes sizes and personalities cross our doorstep and our priority is to find them all loving and caring homes. Unfortunately some just seem to take longer than others. It is of no surprise that the majority of dogs found in Spanish Perreras are large or have a PPP label (perros potencialmente peligrosas/potentially dangerous dogs) and we are often approached to help in their rehoming. Dog breeds that are considered to carry this label include the Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu and Akita Inu. Owners of these dogs must follow certain rules and regulations in Spain, but once put in place they are not too arduous or difficult to implement or follow. We have great difficulty finding homes for these often wonderful and friendly dogs. One should never be put off because of paperwork from owning these lovely breeds, especially if you have the correct knowledge and experience. They will provide you with as much love and devotion as any other dog breed and as such are deserving of a loving family. In Spain the onus is put on the owner to prove that they have the capabilities to look after such dogs which can only be a positive thing.

We would like to bring your attention to the following procedures which are necessary in order to own a PPP dog:

  • Probably the most time consuming task is obtaining a licence which is mandatory. You should apply for your licence at your local Town Hall who will inform you of the appropriate department to approach. You will be checked to see if you have a criminal record and there will be a health check both mental and physical. They may also confirm if there have been any complaints made by neighbours against you. This process incurs a small cost, but once gained, the licence will last for five years and means you are qualified to own and walk a PPP dog. It is not a difficult feat.
  • Other requirements of owning one of these dogs are that they must be muzzled when you are out in a public place. You must also have your dog microchipped, insured and its vaccinations must be up-to-date; something you would hope all responsible dog owners would do anyway. 
  • The insurance is perhaps the easiest to acquire and comes in at around €30 a year.

Remember that regulations can change depending on where you live in Spain and some dogs might be considered dangerous because of certain characteristics; it is always best to check.

If you feel you would like to offer a PPP dog a home, please contact FMA for more information.

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