Spanish Dangerous Animal Act

The Spanish Dangerous Animal Act was enacted in 1999. Upon assessment, the act shows that it has proven ineffective in protecting people from dog bites in any signficant manner.

A higher frequency of bite incidents was found in lower populated areas, such as towns and villages, over more highly populated urban areas. This may be explained by physical environment-related factors. That is, it is less likely that responsible owners would let their dogs roam freely and unattended in densely populated cities where open space is limited and traffic is heavy.

Dog owners living in smaller towns and villages may feel comfortable about their dogs roaming unleashed because of the seemingly safer conditions. Cultural factors may also impact the frequency of dog bites in any given area.

This same study found that the breeds most  responsible for bites, both before and after legislation, were breeds not covered by the ban.

Dog bites from these breeds and crossbreeds continued to be the same after implementing the breed legislation. Dangerous breeds, such as Rottweilers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers, actually accounted for a minor portion (less than 4%) of dog bite incidents before and after BSL was enacted.

There have been no notable differences.