Adopting a regulated breed

Conditions for the adoption of a dog of a regulated breed
(Potentially dangerous dog)

In order to be able to adopt a dog that is classified as a regulated breed you need to apply for a license issued by the Town Hall of the town in which the applicant resides.

Regulated Breeds

  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Bull mastiff
  • Bullterrier
  • Doberman
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogo de Burdeos
  • Fila Brasileño
  • Mastín Napolitano
  • Perro de presa canario
  • Perro de presa Mallorquín
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tosa Inu (japonés)

And cross breeds between any of these breeds or with other similar type breeds.
If you want to apply for a regulated breed license and you live in Denia, you have to go the Denia Town hall located at Plaza Constitución 10 in Denia.

Requirements to keep a dog of a regulated breed
In order to apply for the regulated breed license you have to comply with the following requirements:

  • You have to be of legal age and capable to provide the dog with the necessary care.
  • You don´t have any criminal convictions related to homicide, bodily harm, torture, violation of freedom and integrity, violation of sexual freedom and public health, participation in criminal organizations like arms and drugs trafficking, violations of regulations regarding to the ownership of regulated breeds.

Required Documentation

  • Copy of your DNI/NIE
  • Certificate of good conduct (the request will be done at the Denia Townhall and the signed form will be send to la Gerencia de Justicia de la Comunidad Valenciana)
  • Certificate of psychological fitness
  • Proof that you have a civil liability insurance covering damages to third parties caused by dog(s) in your care for a minimal amount of 120.000 euros
  • Copy of the dog´s passport
  • Proof of payment of tax according to tax regulations in force (November 2022: 31 euro)

For the application of the regulated breeds license you will need to bring all the required documentation to the relevant department of the Denia Town hall. There you authorize the Denia Town hall to apply for your ´certificate of good conduct´ at the Justice Department in Valencia. When the ´certificate of good conduct´ has been received and all the other documents you provided are correct, the Town hall will make the decision whether or not to grant you your regulated breed license. This information will be communicated to RIVIA (Registro Informático Valenciano de Identificación Animal). The license expires after 3 years and you will have to apply for a new license before the 3 years come to an end.

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