Guidelines for dogs in Italy

Competitors must comply with the Italian laws regarding animal protection.

The use of electric devices and pointed collars is prohibited by both FCI regulations and law). Their use will lead to disqualification.

Only healthy dogs can participate. No dog may have bandages during the test.

Emergency and veterinary emergency service
A veterinarian will be available during the entire event.

The identity of the participating dogs will be checked by persons authorized by the judges
With reference to the rules for the introduction in Italy of dogs coming from EU and third countries, please refer to the website of the Italian Ministry of Health (, entering the following sections: Themes and professions - Animals - Dogs, cats ... - Traveling with animals - in Italy).
In summary, the introduction of dogs in Italy is possible under different conditions depending on whether the animals come from countries member of the European Union or from third countries.

Introduction from EU countries :
dogs must be provided with a community passport and identified by means of a microchip or legible tatto if applied before 03/07/2011.
The passport must certify the execution of rabies vaccination and, if appropriate, a new vaccination against rabies that is still valid. If this is the first vaccination, the animal can be moved only after 21 days have elapsed. When the total number of dogs exceeds 5 units, the movement from abroad must be in compliance with the conditions laid down by Directives 92/65 / EEC, 90/425 / EEC, 91/496 / EEC. The conditions set for the introduction in Italy by the Member States are advised to consult them on the European Union site in the area dedicated to the handling of dogs, cats and ferrets.

Introduction from third countries
The rules to be followed for the introduction in Italy of animals up to a maximum of 5 vary depending on whether the country is included in the list drawn up by the European Commission and published in an annex to EU Regulation 576/2013. The list is available on the European Union website.

  1. Dogs introduced by a third country included in the list must be provided with the health certificate in Annex II of the Commission Implementing Decision 2011/874 / EU of 15 December 2011, issued by an official veterinarian of the competent authority of the third country and identified by a legible tattoo if applied before 03/07/2011 or a microchip. The certificate of vaccination against rabies and, where appropriate, a new vaccination that is valid must be certified in the health certificate. In case of first rabies vaccination, at least 21 days must elapse before the animal can be moved.
  2. Dogs introduced from a third country not included in the list must be identified by a legible tattoo if applied before 03/07/2011 or a microchip and provided with a health certificate which, in addition to the execution of vaccination against rabies and, if appropriate, a new vaccination that is still valid, also certifying that it has been carried out with favorable results, in a laboratory recognized by the European Commission, of the test against rabies virus. The rules above are indicative.

Please refer to the website of the Italian Ministry of Health.

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