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All federal states have enacted laws and regulations to ward off the dangers posed by dogs. Since security is the responsibility of the Länder, the regulations of the Länder are different.

In Hesse, all dogs must be kept and kept in such a way that they do not pose any danger to public safety, i.e. to the life and health of humans or animals. Dogs must not be allowed to run unattended outside the fenced property of the keeper.

A permit is required for the keeping of a dangerous dog. Dangerous, regardless of their race, are those dogs that exhibit an increased aggressiveness or that have become conspicuous. Furthermore, dogs of the following breeds are to be regarded as dangerous: Pitbull-Terrier or American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire-Terrier or Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire-Bullterrier, BullTerrier, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Kangal (Karabash), Caucasian Ovcharka and Rottweiler. Crossings with each other or with other dogs are also recorded.

In the context of the authorisation procedure, the dog's ability to behave in a socially acceptable manner by means of a character test and the appropriateness and reliability of the keeper must be demonstrated.

The import or movement of dangerous dogs into the federal territory is regulated by the law on the control of the movement or importation of dangerous dogs into the country.


Further information on the expert and nature examination can be found on the website of the Darmstadt Regional Council under Dog Ordinance/Standards Of Expertise and Character Examinations.

  • Standards Sachkunde- u. Wesensprüfungen
  • Hessian Security Ordinance on keeping and keeping dogs
  • Law restricting the introduction or importation of dangerous dogs into the country (DogVerbrEinfG)

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