List of Banned Dogs by Countries

In the world there are thousands breeds of dogs, many of which were formed by nature, while others, due to the proximity of humans and dogs, were bred by crossing. Among the variety of breeds there are companion and toy dogs, dog-Shepherds, dog-guards, dogs-hounds, and others.

Some of the breeds are now considered to be dangerous, and in most countries these dogs are banned or have imposed certain restrictions for keeping them. These prohibitions are regulated by special laws. The main purpose of these laws is to prevent injuries and deaths from dogs’ bites.

Let's try to understand what countries, and what dogs have introduced bans and restrictions.

Europe, except Scandinavia America, Australia, Oceania Scandinavian Countries Russia and former Russia Others
Great Britain

Puerto Rico  

New Zealand

Bermuda Islands


  In this country since 1997 Pitbull Terriers can be kept only if you are following thorough and effective precautions.


  Since 2001 following dog breeds are officially prohibited:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. American Staffordshire Terrier
  3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  4. English Bull Terrier


  Since 2011 following dog breeds are not allowed to import, cultivation and sale:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. American Staffordshire Terrier
  3. American Bulldog
  4. Alabai
  5. Tosa Inu
  6. Kangal
  7. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  8. Tornjak
  9. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  10. South-Russian Shepherd
  11. Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog
  12. Mixes and hybrids of these breeds 


  Since 1999 the country entered restrictions on the ownership of dangerous dogs breeds among which are so-called «wolfdogs» except for Czech Wolfdog and the Saarloos Wolfhond.


  The Royal decree of 2002 entered restrictions on dog breeds such as:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. American Staffordshire Terrier
  3. Dogo Argentino
  4. English Bull Terrier
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  6. Rottweiler
  7. Akita inu
  8. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  9. Tosa Inu

  In order to obtain a license for the housing of these breeds its owner must be of a legal age, have no criminal records, be mentally and physically healthy, as well as get liability insurance for a total of 120 000 euros.

Great Britain

In this country since 1991 enacted the «Act on dangerous dogs», which was completed in 1997. According to this document ban on the cultivation, sale, purchase, exchange and promotionis introduced for the following dogs:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. Dogo Argentino
  3. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  4. Tosa Inu

The above-mentioned breeds must be muzzled and kept on a leash in public places, be registered, have insurance, be spayed, stamped and have a chip.

The law applies to the whole country except for the Northern Ireland.


  Restrictions on the ownership of dangerous dogs breeds entered in 1998. They must be kept under strict control by people of 16 years or older, be licensed, walked on a short leash (no more than 2 metres) and muzzled in public places. As especially dangerous breeds in Ireland are recognized:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. English Bull Terrier
  3. Akita Inu
  4. Bullmastiff
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  7. German Shepherd Dog
  8. Rhodesian Ridgeback


  Since 1999 the country entered restrictions on the ownership of dangerous dogs. These breeds have been divided into two types. In the first type were included breeds, which is not registered in the studbooks and are similar to the characteristics of the following breeds:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers;
  • American Pitbull Terriers;
  • dogs of the Mastiff type;
  • Tosa Inu. 

  The second type includes:

  • purebred Staffordshire Bull Terriers;
  • American Pitbull Terriers;
  • Rottweilers and non-pedigreed Rottweilers;
  • Tosa Inu. 


  In September 2003 Italy has adopted a list of 92 breeds that were prohibited or restricted for keeping. It included even harmless Border Collies and Welsh Corgi. On 14 January 2007 the law was revised and the list of especially dangerous dogs was shortened:

  1. American Bulldog
  2. Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog
  3. Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  4. Central Asian Shepherd Dog
  5. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  6. Portuguese Sheepdog
  7. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  8. Dogo Argentino
  9. Perro da ganado majorero
  10. Dogo Canario
  11. Pitbull and all its variants
  12. Portuguese Mastiff
  13. Rottweiler
  14. Tosa Inu 

  In 2009 the list of restricted breeds was cancelled and today the law requires owners of all to focus on ensuring public safety through walking their dogs on a leash and having a muzzle (even for small breeds).


  In 2002 the country introduced a restriction on the possession of such species as:

  1. Pitbull
  2. Boerboel
  3. Bandog
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  6. Rottweiler
  7. Tosa Inu
  8. Mastino Neapolitano
  9. Dogo Argentino 

  In order to own such dogs you must be at least 18 years, have a certificate from a psychiatrist and judicial resolution.

The import of Bandogs, Boerboels and Pitbulls to Romania is prohibited. And following breeds are required to wear a muzzle: German Shepherd dog, Doberman Pinscher, Belgian Malinois, Dogo Canario, Komondor, Kuvasz, Riesenschnauzer.


  From 2004 in this country were banned following dogs:

  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. American Pitbull Terrier
  3. American Staffordshire Terrier
  4. Tosa Inu
  5. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
  6. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) 


  From 2010 banned breeds include:

  1. American Staffordshire Terrier
  2. English Bull Terrier
  3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  4. American Pitbull Terrier
  5. Bandog
  6. All hybrids and mixes of these breeds that have at least 10% of their bloodlines. 


  Since 2004 the import into the country is prohibited for:

  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. Pitbull Terriers
  3. Bull Terriers
  4. American Staffordshire Terriers
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  6. Rottweilers
  7. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  8. Tosa Inu. 


  Since 2004 are not allowed for sale, purchase, advertising and exchange Pitbulls and their mixes, Fila Brasileiros, Dogo Argentinos and Tosa Inus. For the disregard of those rules you will need to pay a fine in the amount of 2 500-3 500 liras. It is important to notice that if you are traveling to Turkey by airplane you have to check the list of banned dogs for transportation via the concrete avia company you are flying with. This list has nothing to do with the list of banned dogs in a country.


  In America there is no Federal law that imposed a ban and restrictions on dangerous breeds of dogs across the country. There is a law that prohibits the conduct of dog fighting, as well as training these dogs for fighting and their movement within the country.
There is a prohibition on the housing of large dogs in the cantonments of the U.S.А. army like Pitbulls, Rottweilers and hybrids of these species. Municipal authorities had taken several hundreds of laws banning the ownership of such dogs as:

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  2. American Pitbull Terrier
  3. American Staffordshire Terrier
  4. Dogo Argentino
  5. American Bulldog
  6. Tosa Inu
  7. Dogo Canario
  8. Cane Corso
  9. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  10. Akita Inu
  11. Dogue de Bordeaux
  12. Bandog
  13. Bullmastiff
  14. Doberman Pinscher
  15. Ca de Bou (Majorca Mastiff)
  16. Kuvasz
  17. German Shepherd
  18. Mastino Neapolitano
  19. Rottweiler
  20. Chow Chow
  21. Japanese Mastiff
  22. Mixtures of wolves
  23. Hybrids of the above-mentioned breeds 

  Limitations of ownership in some States include: the age of the owner must be at least 21 years, the amount of liability insurance must be 100 000 $, prohibition the sale of dangerous dogs, the dog can given only to relatives, at private homes be sure to hang warning signs.


  In two provinces, Ontario and Manitoba within the city of Winnipeg there is a ban on owning Pitbulls. Winnipeg was the first city that had introduced a ban on these breed of dogs in 1990 after the incident of Pitbulls’ attacks on children. Precautions: sterilization, wearing a muzzle and a leash in public places, banning the import of Pitbulls in the state.

There is no nationwide ban on dangerous dogs in Canada.

Bermuda Islands

  In the country since 2003 were officially banned:

  1. Akita Inu
  2. American Bulldog
  3. American Pitbull Terrier
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier
  5. Australian Dingo
  6. Dogo Argentino
  7. Boerboel
  8. Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier
  9. Bullmastiff
  10. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  11. Cane Corso
  12. Dogue de Bordeaux
  13. English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  14. Danish Broholmer
  15. Tosa Inu
  16. Mastino Neapolitano
  17. Great Dane
  18. Dogo Canario
  19. Tibetan Mastiff
  20. Rottweiler 


  Breeds prohibited for housing are:

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  2. American Staffordshire Terrier
  3. Rottweiler
  4. Dogo Argentino
  5. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  6. Tosa Inu
  7. Pitbull 


  From 2014, the country banned the import, sale and breeding of Pitbulls and their mixes.

Puerto Rico

  Since 1998 is prohibited the importation, sale, possession and breeding of dogs, obtained by crossing Bulldogs and Terriers, and their hybrids.


  Since 1991 restrictions were entered on the following dog breeds:

  1. American Staffordshire Terrier
  2. Pitbull
  3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  4. American Bulldog
  5. Mastino Neapolitano
  6. Boerboel
  7. Dogo Argentino
  8. Tosa Inu
  9. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  10. The mixes of these breeds 

  Special conditions: sterilization, microchiping, insurance in the amount of not less than 100 000$, in public places a dog must be kept on a short leash and in a muzzle.


  Restrictions on the kepping of dangerous dogs breeds were introduced in Malta in 1998. In the list are:

  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. American Pitbull Terrier
  3. Tosa Inu
  4. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)

New Zealand

  The American Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu, Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) and Dogo Argentino since 2003 are subject to mandatory chipping, sterilization, walking on a short leash and muzzled only. Also the import of these dogs.


Keeping Rottweilers and Pitbull terriers is prohibited since 2009.


The import of the following dogs to this continent is strictly prohibited:

  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. Dogo Canario
  3. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  4. Pibull Terrier
  5. Tosa Inu

Inside the country there are restrictions on ownership of the above-mentioned breeds.


On 1st July 2011 the Federal law «About the responsible treatment of animals» entered into force. As dangerous breeds were recognized the following dogs:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. South African Boerboel
  3. Karelian Bear Dog
  4. Anatolian Karabash
  5. American Staffordshire Terrier
  6. Central Asian Shepherd
  7. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  8. Mixes of the above-mentioned breeds

All these dogs are subject to mandatory registration. The housing and walking of especially dangerous breeds is prohibited for disabled people; people who do not have a certificate of going through a special education; minors.


  In this country since 1998 operates a restrictive law on dangerous breed. Today this lust includes more than 80 dogs. The civil liability insurance, microchipping, walking on a short leash and muzzle are obligatory.

The local government act allows you to enter additional restrictions in local legislation. In the list of especially dangerous dogs in Ukraine were included:

  1. Atlas Shepherd (Aidi)
  2. Hokkaido (Ainu)
  3. Akbash
  4. Akita Inu
  5. American Akita
  6. Bergamo Shepherd (Bergamasco)
  7. German Boxer
  8. Briard
  9. Danish Broholmer
  10. Bouvier des Ardennes
  11. Bouvier des Flandre
  12. Alapaha Bulldog (Otto)
  13. American Bulldog
  14. Ca de Bou (Majorca Mastiff)
  15. Bullmastiff
  16. English Bull Terrier
  17. American Staffordshire Terrier
  18. Boerboel
  19. Welsh Terrier
  20. Karst Shepherd
  21. American-Canadian White Shepherd
  22. Belgian Shepherd (Belgian Malinois)
  23. Bernese Sennenhund
  24. Large Swiss Shepherd
  25. Dutch Shepherd
  26. Greek Sheepdog
  27. Portuguese Mountain Dog
  28. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  29. German Shepherd Dog
  30. South-Russian Shepherd Dog
  31. Berger Picard
  32. Tatra Shepherd Dog
  33. Central Asian Shepherd dog (Alabai)
  34. East European Shepherd
  35. Irish Wolfhound
  36. Doberman Pinscher
  37. Dogo Argentino
  38. Dog de Bordeaux
  39. Great Dane
  40. Dalmatian
  41. German Wirehaired Pointer
  42. Airedale Terrier
  43. Kangal
  44. Cane Corso
  45. Cao de Castro Laboreiro
  46. Cao de Cera da Estrela
  47. Anatolian Karabash
  48. Komondor
  49. Kuvasz Hungarian
  50. Labrador Retriever
  51. Landseer (black and white Newfoundland)
  52. Laika
  53. Leonberger
  54. Alaskan Malamute
  55. Maremma and the Abruzzes Sheepdog
  56. English Mastiff
  57. Belgian Mastiff
  58. Spanish Mastiff
  59. Pyrenean Mastiff
  60. Tibetan Mastiff
  61. Mastino Neapolitano
  62. Mittelschnauzer
  63. Moscow Watchdog
  64. Newfoundland
  65. Perro de Dogo Canario
  66. American Pitbull Terrier
  67. Rafeiro of Alentejo
  68. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  69. Thai Ridgeback
  70. Riesenschnauzer
  71. Rottweiler
  72. St. Bernard
  73. Italian Wolf Dog (Lupo Italiano)
  74. Saarloos wolfdog
  75. Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
  76. Pyrenean Mountain Dog
  77. Black Russian Terrier
  78. Tosa Inu
  79. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  80. Fox Terrier
  81. Siberian Husky
  82. Hovawart
  83. Slovakian Chuvach
  84. Jagdterrier
  85. Mixes all of all the above-metioned breeds 


  In 2012 the country adopted the law «About the treatment of animals», which contains requirements for the keeping especially dangerous dog breeds. Main requirements are to keep such dogs in the premises from which the animal cannot get out, keep it on a leash or in a securely fenced area with a warning, wearing hard leash and collar, and a muzzle.

The walking with potentially dangerous breeds of dogs is prohibited to people less than 18 years of age, and in the absence of the certificate of training courses on maintenance, breeding and caring for dogs.

The list of potentially dangerous dogs in Belarus:

  1. Australian Boar Dog
  2. Ainu
  3. Akbash
  4. American Pitbull Terrier
  5. American Staffordshire Terrier
  6. Anatolian Karabash
  7. English Mastiff
  8. Belgian Mastiff
  9. Dogue de Bordeaux
  10. Pakistani Mastiff (Bully Kutta)
  11. Bullmastiff
  12. Bull Terrier
  13. Bandog
  14. East European Shepherd
  15. Gorski Hunting Dog
  16. Greek Sheepdog
  17. Doberman Vladika Roshini
  18. Doberman Pinscher
  19. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  20. Dogo Canario
  21. Kangal
  22. Cane Corso
  23. Kangaroo dog
  24. Komondor
  25. Karelian Shepherd Dog
  26. Berger du Languedoc
  27. Leopard hound
  28. Maremma and the Abruzzes Sheepdog
  29. Ca de Bou (Majorca Mastiff)
  30. Moscow Watchdog
  31. Mastino Neapolitano
  32. Great Dane
  33. German Shepherd Dog
  34. Pyrenean Mastiff
  35. Rafeiro of Alentejo
  36. Riesenschnauzer
  37. Rottweiler
  38. Romanian Shepherd
  39. Central Asian Shepherd dog
  40. Tibetan Mastiff
  41. Tosa Inu
  42. Uruguayan Cimarron
  43. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  44. Black Russian Terrier
  45. South-Russian Shepherd

Thus, if there is no strictly prohibition on the housing of dangerous breeds of dogs, people may keep a pet, strictly observing the rules of restrictions on ownership, walk their dogs on a leash and be sure to put a muzzle on them in public places.

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