Travelling with pets

(Information supplied by the Department of Agriculture)

From the 1 January 2012 the EU rules regarding pet travel from the UK to Ireland changed. However, pet owners travelling should not experience any changes on the ground. Full details can be found at

The following breeds have restrictions that you need to comply with:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bull Terrier
  • German Shepherd (Alsatian)
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier


and any other dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog) and every other strain or cross of every breed or type of all of these dogs.

In public places all of the above dog breeds must be kept on a sufficiently strong chain or leash, not exceeding two metres in length, by a person over the age of sixteen years who is capable of controlling them, they must be securely muzzled, and at all times wear a collar bearing the name and address of the owner.

Movement of dogs and cats between Great Britain and Ireland is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, and current information is available on their web site at

If you are planning to visit other countries please contact the relevant embassy to check if there are any restrictions.