Dog rules stalled

New uniform rules for dogs across Prague have not made progress

Plans to make more spaces for dogs to be able to exercise off their leashes have hit a snag. Prague City Hall for much of 2017 has been trying to come up with a coherent plan for the entire city that creates uniform rules for walking dogs and letting them exercise.

District town halls and private landowners have not been cooperative with meeting the city’s goals for setting up areas for the free movement of animals. Some 80 percent of landowners either disagreed with the idea or did not answer.

Providing places for the free movement of pets falls under the responsibility the individual town halls of the city districts. Some town halls have completely rejected the call to create more grounds for free movement of dogs, or completely ignored City Hall’s requests.

The city is also trying to find money in the budget to resolve problems with dogs. In Prague, the movement of dogs will continue to be regulated only by the Decree on the Protection of the Green Spaces, which prohibits the entry of dogs to on lands kept as greenery, unless there is a specific exception. There is also a ban on the entry of dogs into playgrounds, the obligation for the owners to clean up waste and a law on road traffic prohibiting the free running of dogs on roads.

Prague 7 Mayor Jan Čižinský (KDU-ČSL) favors uniform rules in the city for walking dogs on the street. “It is absurd that a person and a dog go from one city part to another and in the middle of the road the situation should change because there are other rules in the other part of the city,” he said, according to daily Metro.

But he also wants praises the decision on the movement of dogs in parks left up to individual town halls.

Prague 1, though, welcomed the idea of more places for dogs to run free, according to district spokeswoman Veronika Blažková.

Prague is an exception in the Czech Republic, as most cities have uniform rules for dogs.

Since 2005, every dog older than six months in Prague must be registered with a microchip or tattoo.

About 100,000 dogs are registered in Prague. The human population of Prague 1.3 million, so there is about one dog for every 13 people.

The largest number of dogs is in Prague 4, with around 9,000, followed by Prague 6, with about 8,500.

The most popular dogs are smaller breeds, and the most popular dog name is Ben, according to daily Mladá fronta Dnes.

The most common type is a crossbreed, and the most common name is Ben, with 2,991 carrying that name. Other common names are Beta, Bára, and Maxi.

There are 21,076 crossbreeds in Prague. The next largest group is Yorkshire terriers, at 8,003. Dachshunds aren't far behind with 7,538. Some large breeds come next, with German shepherds at 4,851 and Labrador retrievers at 4,519. Poodles rank sixth with 4,361, followed by English cocker spaniels at 3,142. The lovely Golden Retriever has 2,685 representatives in Prague. Smaller dog takes the ninth and 10th place, with energetic little chihuahuas at 2,260 and schnauzers at 2,235.

At the bottom of the list are Canaan dogs with 17 members, some 10 azawakh hunting dogs and one each of Finnish spitz and medium red poodle.

Figures may be higher since despite the law not all dogs are registered.

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