Keeping dangerous dogs permission Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

A permit is required for the keeping of a dangerous dog.

The law restricting the movement or importation of dangerous dogs into the country (HundVerbrEinfG) established a ban on the import and movement of certain breeds of dogs at the federal level. These are dogs of breeds:

  • Pitbull Terrier,
  • American Staffordshire Terrier,
  • Staffordshire bull terrier,
  • Bull terrier
  • and their crossings with each other or with other dogs.

Dogs of other breeds and their crossings with each other or with other dogs for which, according to the regulations of the country in which the dog is to be kept, a dangerousness is presumed, may not be imported into this country from abroad in accordance with Section 2 DogVerbrEinfG or are spent.

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  • § 2 Gesetz zur Beschränkung des Verbringens oder der Einfuhr gefährlicher Hunde in das Inland (HundVerbrEinfG)
  • Certificate of management (document type "O") for submission to an authority
  • Character test
  • Proof of expertise


  • Character test
  • Informationen zum Wesenstest


In some municipalities, velvet communities and towns, dangerous dogs are subject to a higher dog tax. The basis for this is the respective dog tax statute.

Some municipalities, velvet municipalities and cities have separate municipal regulations for the running of dogs in public, on playgrounds, etc.

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  • Niedersächsisches Gesetz über das Halten von Hunden (NHundG)

In the context of the authorisation procedure, the dog's ability to behave in a socially acceptable manner must be demonstrated by a character test.
Muzzle and linen obligations or other conditions may also be imposed irrespective of the finding of danger or a permit.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development

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