Mallorca Pet Information

Important Information if you have
Pets in Mallorca or are travelling with pets to Mallorca

The following information will give you and insight as to who to for animal information, where to go and how the law affects you and your pet or maybe an animal that you buy or adopt while living in any part of Spain.

As with most other countries in the EU all domestic pets in Spain must be identified by a microchip.

It is compulsory to have your pets vaccinated against rabies and there are other vaccinations for dogs again distemper and hardpad that need to be done. With cats it is also very important that they are immunised against diseases such as cat aids and leukamie which are quite common in Spain as well as against feline gastro enteritis and typhus.

It is now law that dogs cannot foul in public places and there are quite hefty fines if you are caught so please always have your plastic poop bags with you. Dogs must also always be kept on a lead in public places.  If your dog is travelling with you in the car they must be kept at the back or belted in so that they are not a distraction to the driver.

Generally, dogs are permitted on trains but sometimes, especially during rush hour, you may be turned away by the driver.  Sometimes they may need to be contained in a pet carrier, or they may have to be muzzled. Dogs normally travel at half the fare of a 2nd class ticket; this charge is payable directly to the conductor. 

Buying & Owning a Pet

If you are buying a dog make sure you have the following documents from the person selling to you.

Sale certificate (Contrato de compra-venta)
Microchip number and identity card (Formulario de identificación canina)
For an example: Click here Vaccination book or passport signed by the vet.
Original pedigree document (if applicable)

As a new owner you are obligated to do the following:

Vaccinate the animal against rabies when the animal is six months old and keep up to date with rabies booster injections
Register the animal at the local municipality (ayuntamiento)
If you are buying a dog that is within the 'potentially dangerous' breeds then there are more regulations for you to follow. (see below)

Animals Regulated

If you own certain breeds of dogs classified as potentially dangerous in Spain then there are stipulations that need to be adhered to under the
Autonomous Communities (Comunidades Autónomas), who impose a wide variety of rules and regulations within the country. 
Generally, the following animals are considered as dangerous and can only be owned under specific conditions: 
Wild animals including: reptiles (alligators, crocodiles and poisonous snakes), any wild animal weighing over two kilograms, poisonous fish and mammals weighing over 10 Kg when adult.

Dangerous dogs

Any person owning a breed of dog that is potentially dangerous (see list below)  (perros potencialmente peligrosos) in Spain must have the appropriate licence (by law of article 3 of the Royal Decree 287/2002, of 22 of March 2002) and the dog must be registered with the municipality.  If someone else walks or trains any  of these breeds then they too need a licence (article 1, 2 of Law 50/1999, of December 1999). A licence is valid for five years. 

There are three categories which identify potentially dangerous dog:

1) Pure bred and cross bred dogs of the following breeds are classified as potentially dangerous:

Doberman (Andalucia only)
Pit Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Dogo Argentino
Fila Brasileiro
Tosa Inu
Akita Inu

2) Dogsshowing characteristics of the above breeds are also classified as potentially dangerous.

The characteristics being:
Strong musculature,
powerful or athletic constitution,
vigor and endurance
Short hair
Deep chest (60 to 80 cm),
height of over 50 cm and a weight over 20 Kg
Big, square, head, with a wide skull and strong jaws
Broad, short and muscled neck.
Straight, parallel forelegs and muscular hindquarters,
relatively long back legs standing at an angle

3) Dogs that have a known track record of aggression, to both humans and other animals, must also be licenced and registered.   
Full details of the act are at the bottom of the page.

Licence application   

For a licence you need to apply to your local municipality where you live. Whoever is applying for the licence must take the following information with them. (applicant must be over 18 years)
For the applicant:
Evidence of identity (passport or residence card) 
Evidence of having no criminal convictions
Evidence of being mentally and physically capable of looking after one of these animals. (There are centres where you can take a  test of physical and psychological aptitude which can be done and a certificate issued. The certificate must have been issued in the previous 12 months)
For the dog:
An insurance contract for the dog with a liability of at least €120,000 (€175,000 in Andalucia)
Evidence of fully up-to-date vaccinations
Evidence of identification by microchip 
Evidence that the dog is or has attended training school

Once accepted, a licence (the licencia para tener perros potencialmente peligrosos) is issued. 

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    For an example of the Madrid Municipality licence application form: (PDF in Spanish)

Registering your dog

Potentially dangerous dogs must be registered with the municipal registry for dangerous dogs (Registro Municipal de Perros Potencialmente Peligrosos). This must be renewed annually.

When registering your dog provide

Evidence of identification and microchip number's certificate and a certificate from the vet stating that the dog is in good health.

Walking a potentially dangerous dog   

Dog owners or handlers must carry the licence and dog registration document at all times when out with the dog. The dog must be muzzled and on a lead of no more than two metres long (one metre in Andalucia). Only one dog may be handled per person. In Andalucia, dangerous animals are banned from entering children's leisure or recreational areas ie: parks or playgounds.

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    Comprehensive information is available from the Spanish Embassy in Washington DC:  

Note: In most municipalities, only one  'potentially dangerous dog' may be registered to one person and the property where the dogs are kept must be enclosed by a two metre high fence.

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    Further information on dog licences and the regulations is available from the CIAA (Centro Integral de Acogida de Animales): (in Spanish)

Lost & Found Animals

If you find a pet in Spain?:

    Take the animal to a local vet who will check if it is chipped and can be identified.  If it cannot be identified the finder may keep it or contact the SPA (Sociedad Protectora de Animals) or a local animal rescue centre to ask for help. The very last option should be to take the animal to the public kennels (Perrera Municipals), where, if nobody wants it and it is unclaimed within 13-21 days (depending on the actual Perrera), it will be euthanised.

If you lose your pet in Spain?:

    Contact local vets and give the pet's identification number Contact the Archivo de Identificación del Colegio de Veterinarios:
    Tel: 934 189 294 (office hours)
    Tel: 902 170 401 (24 hour service) Report the animal missing at the local police station, and provide a photograph and description of the pet Contact SPA (Sociedad Protectora de Animals) to ask for help Use the search box on the website La Coordinadora which is specifically for Catalonia but which provides the ability to search country-wide: (in Spanish)

Animal Organisations

Awareness of animal abuse in Spain is growing.  Over the past ten years, even though regulations are not consistent throughout the country, more and more organisations are claiming animal rights.  Thankfully, at last there have been cases of people being fined or jailed for animal abuse.

There are many organisations that take care of animals in Spain by a variety of different nationalities. For a comprehensive list of the various SPAs and other organisations with contact information and web-links see the Protection des Animaux website. You can also just do a google search for local animal rescue centres i.e. animal rescue mallorca  - most centres now have their own websites in order to let everyone see the latest arrivals looking for adoption.

Royal Decree 287/2002, of 22 March, amending Law 50/1999 of 23 December on the legal regime of ownership of potentially dangerous animals develops.
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Published in Official Gazette no. 74 of March 27, 2002
Effective from March 28, 2002. This current revision from December 13, 2007
Article 1  Purpose
Article 2  Animal potentially dangerous canine
Article 3  License for possession of potentially dangerous animals
Article 4  Certificate of fitness
Article 5  Certificate of psychological fitness
Article 6  centers recognition
Article 7  Validity of reports of physical capacity and psychological fitness
Article 8  Security
Article 9  Identification of potentially dangerous animals of the canine species
First additional provision  applicable regulations
Second additional provision  License Application in the cases of paragraph 2 of Article 2
Transitional provision only  Deadline for license application
Disposal first  Title competence
Disposal second  Faculty Development
Disposal third  Entry into force
The Law 50/1999 of 23 December on the legal regime of ownership of potentially dangerous animals , addresses the legal regulation concerning the possession, training and handling of potentially dangerous animals, in order to preserve the security of people, goods and other animals.
The same law provides the characteristics of animals that deserve consideration potentially dangerous, both for the state of wildlife in captivity, in homes or private venues, such as domestic. However, with regard to the latter, further regulatory development refers to the specific relationship of races, racial typologies or cross breeding, particularly those belonging to the canine species, than by their morphological characteristics, aggressiveness and attack, can pose a threat to the physical integrity and property of the people.
In compliance with the above, this Royal Decree establishes a catalog of the animals of the canine species which may be included within the category of potentially dangerous animals and, therefore, are affected by the provisions of that Act
Moreover, it should dictate the developing accurate measurements of the Act, payable for obtaining administrative licenses that entitle their holders to the possession of potentially dangerous animals, in particular the minimum criteria necessary for obtaining licenses physical capacity and psychological fitness, and the minimum amount of liability insurance for damage to third parties caused by themselves.
Finally, the minimum security measures, with basic character, derived from the criteria of the Act, as to the proper handling and custody of potentially dangerous animals down.
This Royal Decree is issued under the authorization contained in Article 149.1.29. ª of the Constitution , which grants the State exclusive jurisdiction in matters of public safety.
In processing have been consulted Autonomous Communities and organizations representing the sector.
At its behest of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, according to the State Council and after deliberation by the Council of Ministers at its meeting on March 22, 2002,
Article 1 Purpose
This Royal Decree is to develop the Law 50/1999 of potentially dangerous animals in the following:
a) Determine the potentially dangerous animals of domestic animals of the canine species.
b) Establish minimum requirements for administrative licenses that entitle their holders to the possession of potentially dangerous animals.
c) Set the minimum security measures required for tenure.
Article 2 Animal potentially dangerous canine
. 1 For the purposes of Article 2.2 of Law 50/1999 of December 23, shall be considered potentially dangerous dogs:
a) Those who belong to the breeds listed in Annex I of Royal Decree and their crosses.
b) Those whose characteristics correspond to all or most of those listed in Annex II, except in the case of guide dogs or assistance dogs trained in accredited officially recognized centers as regional legislation or, appropriate, state and dogs that are being investigated for this status.
 Jump to modifier Standard Part 1 of Article 2 single article written by the RD 1570/2007 of 30 November, amending Royal Decree 287/2002 of 22 March on the Law 50/1999 develops 23 December, on the legal regime of ownership of potentially dangerous animals ('BOE' 12 December). Effective: December 13, 2007
February. Anyway, although not fall within the previous paragraph, those considered potentially dangerous dogs animals canine species manifest a markedly aggressive or who have staged attacks on humans or other animals.
Three. In the cases referred to in the preceding paragraph, the potential hazard will be assessed by the competent authority according to objective criteria, either automatically or after being subjected to a notification or complaint, the report of a veterinary officer or referee designated or authorized by the regional or municipal authority.
Article 3 License for possession of potentially dangerous animals
1. Obtaining or renewing administrative license for possession of potentially dangerous animals require compliance by the applicant of the following requirements:
a) Be an adult.
b) Not have been convicted of crimes of homicide, assault, torture, against freedom or against the person, sexual freedom and public health, association with drug trafficking or armed band and not be deprived of the right to judicial decision the possession of potentially dangerous animals.
c) Not have been sanctioned for indictable offenses with some of the accessory sanctions provided for in paragraph 3 of Article 13 of Law 50/1999, of 23 December, on the legal regime of potentially dangerous animals. However, there will be an impediment to obtaining or, where applicable, license renewal, have been penalized with the temporary suspension thereof, provided that, at the time of the request, the sanction of suspension previously imposed have been fulfilled entirety.
d) Provide physical fitness and psychological fitness for possession of potentially dangerous animals.
e) Proof of having concluded a liability insurance for third party damage coverage of not less than one hundred twenty thousand euros (120,000 euros).
Compliance with the requirements of paragraphs b) and c) of this section shall be established by the negative certificates from the corresponding records. Physical fitness and psychological fitness shall be supported by certificates obtained pursuant to the provisions of this decree.
February. Administrative leave will be granted or renewed request, by the competent municipal body, as provided in Article 3 of Law 50/1999, once verified compliance with the requirements above.
Three. 's license will have a validity period of five years and may be renewed for successive periods of equal duration. However, the license ceases to apply at the time that the holder no longer meets any of the requirements above. Any change in the information contained in the license shall be notified by the owner within fifteen days from the date that occurs, the competent body of the municipality to the corresponding issue.
April. intervention, injunction or suspension affecting administrative license in force, agreed in judicial or administrative proceedings, will be cause to refuse to issue a new or renewal until those have been removed.
See Single Transitional Provision of this standard.Go to Standard
Article 4 Certificate of fitness
1. they may not be in possession of potentially dangerous animals people lack the precise physical conditions to provide the necessary care to the animal and ensure its proper operation, maintenance and control, in accordance with Article 3.1.a) of the Law 50/1999.
Two. 's physical ability referred to the preceding paragraph shall be established by the certificate of fitness for the possession of potentially dangerous animals to be issued once passed the necessary tests to check that there is no disease or deficiency whatsoever, organic character or improvements that may involve physical disability associated with:
a) The visual capacity.
b) The hearing.
c) The locomotor system.
d) The neurological system.
e) perceptual-motor Difficulties decisions.
f) Any other condition, disorder or problem, not included above, which may result in physical disability to ensure proper control of the animal.
Article 5 Certificate of psychological fitness
The psychological fitness certificate, referred to in paragraph c) of Article 3.1 of Law 50/1999, for the possession of potentially dangerous animals, will be issued once passed the necessary tests to check that there is a deficiency disease or that It may involve mental or psychological disability, or any other limitation of discernment associated with:
a) mental and behavioral disorders.
b) Difficulties psychological assessment, perception and decision-making and personality problems.
c) Any other condition, disorder or problem, not included above, to limit the full exercise of the mental faculties to precise ownership of potentially dangerous animals.
Article 6 centers recognition
1. centers recognition duly authorized, in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 2272/1985, of December 4, fixing the mental and physical fitness that must have the drivers and fixing the regulating centers are determined recognition designed to test , and additional rules, conduct examinations and tests referred to in previous articles, they specifying their results in basic clinical record, kept in the respective center, and signed by the involved physicians, the view which the center director will issue certificates of fitness and psychological fitness, you should carry a recent photograph member concerned, and that they will record the comments as appropriate, and an indication of the required capacity and capability, where appropriate.
February. Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding paragraph, the Autonomous Communities may I agree that the certificates of fitness and psychological fitness can also be issued by qualified technicians practitioners in medicine and psychology, respectively.
Three. The cost of surveys and issue certificates referred to in this Article shall be provided by stakeholders, and will be paid in the form, in the amount and in the cases stipulated in the respective region.
Article 7 Validity of reports of physical capacity and psychological fitness
Certificates of capacity and capability covered by this Royal Decree shall be in effect for the purposes of procedural efficiency, one year from the date of issue, during which they may be used by duplicate or certified copy certification in any administrative proceedings brought along the indicated period.
Article 8 Security
1. the presence of potentially dangerous animals in public places or spaces required to the person who carry lead and control the administrative license referred to in Article 3 of this Royal Decree, and the registration certificate proving the animal in Municipal Register of potentially dangerous animals.
February. animals potentially dangerous canine species, in public places and spaces, must wear appropriate muzzle for racial classification of each animal.
Three. Equally potentially dangerous dogs in public places and spaces, must be conducted and controlled extensible chain or strap less than 2 meters, but may be more than one of these dogs per person.
April. Potentially dangerous animals found on a farm, cottage, villa, plot, terrace, patio or any other defined location, shall be bound, unless cabin is available with the area, height and suitable enclosure to protect people or animals entering or approaching these places.
May. breeders, trainers and marketers of potentially dangerous animals must have adequate facilities and means for holding them.
6. The theft or loss of the animal must be notified by the owner to the City Clerk responsible for potentially dangerous animals in the maximum period of forty-eight hours after becoming aware of those facts.
Article 9 Identification of potentially dangerous animals of the canine species
All potentially dangerous animals of the canine species must be identified by a "microchip".
First additional provision applicable regulations
Conducting necessary to obtain certificates of fitness and psychological fitness to in Articles 4 and 5 of this Royal Decree, by the centers authorized recognition relate tests shall conform to the provisions of Annex IV of the Royal Decree 772/1997 of 30 May by the General Rules of drivers is approved , as is applicable, for purposes of determining the specific skills required for the possession of potentially dangerous animals.
Second additional provision License Application in the cases of paragraph 2 of Article 2
In the cases provided for in paragraph 2 of Article 2 of this Royal Decree, the owner of the dog that the competent authority has appreciated potential dangerousness have a period of one month from the notification of the decision to that effect, for request administrative leave granted in Article 3 of this provision.
Transitional provision only Deadline for license application
Holders of potentially dangerous animals have a period of three months from the entry into force of this Royal Decree, to request the competent municipal body granting the license referred to in Article 3.
Disposal first Title competence
This Royal Decree is issued under the authorization contained in Article 149.1.29. ª of the Constitution, which grants the State exclusive jurisdiction in matters of public safety.
Disposal second Faculty Development
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in the scope of its powers, is authorized to proceed with the inclusion of new breeds in annex I or modify the characteristics of Annex II.
The Minister of Finance is empowered to update the amount of the minimum insurance cover liability for damage to third parties, according to the percentage of observed variation of the consumer price index, published annually by the National Statistical Institute.
Disposal third Entry into force
This Royal Decree shall enter into force on the day following its publication in the "Official Gazette" day.
a) Pit Bull Terrier.
b) Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
c) American Staffodshire Terrier.
d) Rottweiler.
e) Dogo Argentino.
f) Fila Brasileiro.
g) Tosa Inu.
h) Akita Inu.
Dogs affected by this provision have all or most of the following characteristics:
a) Strong musculature, powerful, robust, athletic constitution, agility, stamina and endurance.
b) Marked character and great value.
c) Short hair.
d) Chest measurement between 60 and 80 inches, height at withers between 50 and 70 inches and above 20 kg.
e) Head bulky, square, robust, with wide and large skull and muscular cheeks and bulging. Large and strong jaws, robust, broad and deep mouth.
f) wide, short and muscled neck.
g) Solid Chest, wide, large, deep, muscular and arched ribs and short loin.
h) Straight, parallel and robust and very muscular hindquarters Forelimbs with relatively long legs at a moderate angle.




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