How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

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How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby Jool » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:33 pm

Does anyone know if there is a minimum age you must achieve before you can legally register a dog in your name - ie put the microchip in your name as the legal owner (not a dangerous breed, just a normal dog) ?

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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby jayce » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:37 pm

I shouldn't think there is a lower limit. The vet puts the microchip in and sends the paper work of to Sevilla with details of the dog, breed, height etc together with the owners name, address and telephone number.

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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby Jool » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:01 pm

So you do not have to be of legal adult age before you can be the registered owner? A child or teenager can be?

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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby Campo Steve » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:49 pm

Presumably the child is living with an adult. Save the uncertainty and register it in the adults name would be the obvious answer.
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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby Beachcomber » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:58 pm

We took in a dog that was previously owned by the daughter of a Spaniard who owns the plot of land adjoining ours. It was ostensibly the daughter's dog but the novelty wore off and our neighbour asked us if we would have it. To our surprise it had a passport which was in the name of the daughter who was seven years old at the time.

This was, however, sixteen years ago before the days of micro-chipping and the situation could have changed. The dog, by the way, is still with us!

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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby Jool » Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:52 pm

Thanks for replies - its actually a dog that is very poorly cared for but has a chip that is apparently registered to a minor and I am trying to challenge the legitimacy of ownership so the dog can get the care it needs.

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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby jayce » Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:37 pm

If it's not being looked after call the guardia.

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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby Jool » Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:47 pm

In my experience that does not work too well as often the dog just gets moved to another location or poisoned and you never know what has happened to it. I have a foster home for this dog and vet is supportive of it being re-homed but has to abide by the law

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Re: How old do you have to be to legally own a dog?

Postby Lavanda » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:03 pm

It might depend on the type of dog. I had to pass a mental and physical test to get the paperwork for my dog, a Mastin - German Shepherd cross. I had to show I was capable of being in charge of a dog that big. I only just made it on my weight, 52 kgs, and the dog is heavier!!!


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