11 Countries Where German Shepherd Dogs Are Banned or Restricted

Updated on April 17, 2017
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German Shepherds are one of the world’s most popular and in-demand dogs, and for good reason. They are intelligent, devoted, strong, energetic, and courageous. They are also excellent herders and do well in search-and-rescue operations and drug detections.

All these qualities make them the most preferred police and military service dogs. One could go on endlessly about how great they are, but unfortunately, some insurance companies list them in the "dangerous dog breeds" category, and they are banned or restricted in many countries.

Countries That Ban or Restrict German Shepherds

The following list includes countries that ban German Shepherds or place restrictions on ownership or taking the dogs out in public.

1. The United States

Around 75 dog breeds are categorized as dangerous or banned. The list of all banned breeds can be obtained from the American Kennel Club's official site. According to some studies and statistics on dog biting, German Shepherds and mixes, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Dobermans, and Rottweilers are at the top of list of most dangerous dogs, and they are restricted in Florida.

2. Ireland

Ireland's Control of Dogs Act 1986, amended by the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992, is responsible for the control of all dog breeds and the establishment of a pet legislation and court proceedings against owners. They also place German Shepherds in the dangerous dog breed category. According to Irish regulations, dogs must be kept on a short and strong leash by the owner in public and common places, and the owner must be over 16-years-old and should be capable of controlling their pet. The dogs must also be muzzled whenever they are in a public.

3. Ukraine

German Shepherds are listed as a dangerous dog breed and Ukrainian laws forbid owning them due to their large size and aggressive/protective nature. They are also sometimes used for illegal dog fighting.

4. Belarus

Around 40 dog breeds, including German Shepherds, are considered dangerous and banned in Belarus. Also, minors and people with disabilities are not permitted to own certain breeds.

5. Maldives

Maldives has a ban on all mastiff and large shepherd dogs, including the German Shepherd.

6. UAE

The Federal National Council (FNC) is the federal authority of the United Arab Emirates and is in charge of laws regarding the ownership of specific dog breeds and other mammals and birds. In the UAE, someone who is found guilty of possessing an illegal animal can get up to a year of imprisonment and/or needs to pay up to Dh1 million in fines and penalties (approximately $300k). The FNC identifies the German Shepherd as a potentially dangerous dog breed, and they are restricted in the country.

7. Romania

German Shepherds are restricted in Romania. According to Romanian law, you must be at least 18-years-old to own dangerous dog breeds like Boerboels, Bandogs, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Tosa Inus, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Dogo Argentinos, and German Shepherds. The owner must also have a psychiatrist certificate to prove that he/she is mentally stable and skilled enough to own a dangerous dog. The dog must also be muzzled whenever they are in public places.

8. Malaysia

German Shepherds and eight other dog breeds are restricted in Malaysia. They include Bull Mastiffs, Bull Terriers, Dobermans, Alsatians like Belgian Shepherds and East European Shepherds, Perro de Presa Canarios (Canary Dogs), and Rottweilers.

9. Singapore

German Shepherds are listed in the restricted dog category in Singapore, and owners must keep them muzzled and leashed when in public. The dog must be also be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Owners also have to declare insurance of a minimum of $100,000. Singapore recently added restrictions that state German Shepherds must be kept in the owner's premises and should have obedience training.

10. Iceland

GSDs are not banned but they are restricted in Iceland. A temperament evaluation may be required for large breeds or dogs that display aggressive tendencies, and German Shepherds are listed as aggressive. Travelers are also not allowed to bring GSDs into the Iceland.

11. Bermuda Islands

Dog breeds are separated into 3 different categories in Bermuda- Prohibited, Restricted and non-Restricted.
- Prohibited breeds may not be imported or bred.
- Restricted breeds can be imported or bred, but there are restrictions on ownership.
- Non-Restricted breeds can be imported or bread without any condition or restriction.

The Department of Environmental Protection of Bermuda released the list of 20 banned dog breeds in 2003, which was modified in the year 2011 and 8 dog breeds including German Shepherds was moved from Unrestricted to restricted breeds.

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Other Names for the German Shepherd

The German Shepherd was first developed in Germany in 1899 by Horand von Grafrath, and the breed was called Deutscher Schäferhund in German. Although they are best known as "German Shepherds" (GSDs), they are also recognized by other names.

  • Alsatian
  • Alsatian Wolf Dog
  • Deutscher Schäferhund (DSH)
  • Berger Allemand
  • Schaferhund
  • Cocosa-Russia

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Why Does a Dog Ban Exist?

Every country has breed-specific legislation (BSL) to ban specific breeds that are identified as being potentially dangerous in public places or used for illegal activities like dog fighting. German Shepherds are often banned in countries that identify them as "aggressive." Of course, this is debatable. It makes you wonder whether there are other dog breeds not on the ban list that could be a threat to kids and other pets in public places.

German Shepherd Pups
German Shepherd Pups | Source

5 Common Reasons for Breed-Specific Legislations (BSL)

There are a number of reasons why some countries feel they must ban a specific dog breed.

1. Dog Bite Statistics Report: Breeds that have a history of aggressively biting and/or breeds with the most damaging bites.

2. Tendency Toward Aggression: Breeds that have a tendency to attack people or those that can be a risk to public safety.

3. Used for Illegal Activities: Some excellent breeds are unfortunately used for illegal activities like dog fighting and are, therefore, banned.

4. Rare or Unrecognized Breeds or Wolf Hybrid Dogs: In many countries, cross breeds or mutts are banned because people believe they have unpredictable behavior. If a certain breed is banned, mixing it with a legal breed will also make the mixed dog illegal.

5. Poor History: Dogs that have poor health or behavior records are banned. In specific countries with extreme weather, specific dogs that will not do well in the climate will not be allowed to live there.

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      Ian Morrison 

      2 weeks ago

      There are no

    • srai01 profile imageAUTHOR

      ARADHYA 

      11 months ago

      Actually this rule is strange in Singapore, i can't understand the criteria the list if banned dog is prepared. The dogs like Bandogge, bulli kutta and Kangal are not banned or even restricted ??

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      Angeline 

      11 months ago

      I had a German Shepard in Singapore and it was really tame. I don't understand why they have to impose the insurance and banker's guarantee. I'm thinking of getting another GS but with all these regulations, I might have to consider. I need a guard dog.

    • srai01 profile imageAUTHOR

      ARADHYA 

      19 months ago

      Tom Williams,

      Thanks for sharing your opinion.

      I support your opinion and happen with you.

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      Tom Williams 

      19 months ago

      For a lot of breeds it gets down to the way they are raised and the treatment they get also. If started at a young age and treated properly with love and attention and as well as trained for specific purposes they can be as safe as anything else. I have trained them from puppy to adult hood and beyond. They can be as loving and caring ready to chase their ball or a stick or what ever. If they are treated bad then you get what is banned but isn't their fault, but the owners fault.

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      Dr Mark 

      21 months ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      One of the first thing many Germans do upon moving to Brazil is buy a German Shepherd Dog. It is unfortunate that in their home country they are restricted by so many laws that they are banned for all but the very wealthy.

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