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Breed-Specific Legislation: What Is It?
Breed-specific legislation are the laws that restrict or ban certain dog breeds. Some states in the United States do not have any breed-specific restrictions or bans, but others do. Currently, there are 75 breeds of dog that are banned or restricted somewhere in the United States. For a complete list, see below.
The list was compiled by the Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States, a not-for-profit group that promotes responsible care, ownership, and treatment of dogs.
Note: The breeds on this list are only restricted in some counties or states in the U.S. None of these breeds are restricted or banned in all states. In fact, some states do not have restrictions or bans on any specific breeds at all. More specific information about bans or restrictions in individual states and counties is available on Wikipedia.
These Breeds Are Banned or Restricted Somewhere in the United States
- Airedale Terrier
- Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
- Alaskan Malamute
- Alsatian Shepherd
- American Bulldog
- American Husky
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Wolfdog
- Anatolian Shepherd
- Arikara Dog
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Australian Shepherd
- Belgian Malinois
- Belgian Sheepdog
- Belgian Turvuren
- Blue Heeler
- Boston Terrier
- Bouvier des Flandres
- Bull Terrier
- Bull Mastiff
- Cane Corso
- Catahoula Leopard Dog
- Caucasian Shepherd
- Chinese Shar Pei
- Colorado Dog
- Doberman Pinscher
- Dogo de Argentino
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- English Mastiffs
- English Springer Spaniel
- Eskimo Dog
- Estrela Mountain Dog
- Fila Brasiliero
- Fox Terrier
- French Bulldog
- German Shepherd Dog
- Golden Retriever
- Greenland Husky
- Great Dane
- Great Pyrenees
- Italian Mastiff
- Kangal Dog
- Kotezebue Husky
- Labrador Retriever
- Neopolitan Mastiff
- Presa de Canario
- Presa de Mallorquin
- Saarloos Wolfhond
- Saint Bernard
- Scottish Deerhound
- Siberian Husky
- Spanish Mastiff
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Timber Shepherd
- Tosa Inu
- Tundra Shepherd
- Wolf Spitz
Carmen on July 09, 2020:
I have an american bully and a staff, ive had them for years and they've never bitten anyone. Dogs are not born aggressive, people make them that way, they are beaten and abused, mistreated and taught to fight. Maybe people should be banned and placed on an ugly list, some people are not nice, but nothing is done to them, so they'll stop abusing dogs, cats, and many other species of people. This is my opinion
animal lover on March 14, 2020:
this gota to a joke right! I got a Rottweiler and he could not hurt a fly he has cought mice but even the mice are alive
Humphrey on December 17, 2018:
Golden retrievers!? Seriously!? THEY ARE SERVICE DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!
lacy on October 29, 2018:
it is all about the owner
Wendy on July 30, 2018:
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Why Mastiffs? Seriously? I have one and he is the best friend I have ever had!
Alison on July 19, 2018:
Golden retrievers and Labradors are safe
Caren on May 27, 2018:
This list is a joke! Im not gonna list off a bunch of breeds, bit the #1 well known breed Labrador retriever are known family dogs! What did you guys make this list based off of?!
Very VocalMerican on April 27, 2018:
Yes, there are several different dogs listed by different breed names. If you look at the top 20, you find the Pit Bull listed on there by five of the different names used for the breed. You also see numerous dogs that many of us own and would not agree with. But looking on the list, the top 20 is pretty accurate for the Chicago area metropolitan cities that have restricted them or banned them. Some of the breeds probably should not be on the list, but if you do a search for the number of reported dog "attacks" in the United States, the majority of these breeds are on it.
Crazy dog lady on February 11, 2018:
This list is bs...and by the way the Australian cattle dog and the blue heeler are two names for the same dog! I own a blue heeler(acd) the red coated ones are called...wait for it...red heelers. Red or ue refers to the dogs coat cilor and heeler refers to the working style that the dog is well known and bred for. Turns out you can't believe everything you read on the Internet ha ha
lespaul1963 on January 21, 2018:
Of all the fumb duckery...Labrador Retrievers and Samoyeds are on this “Verboten List”, aka The Feces Roster in some US geographic region(s)?
I’ve a good deal of experience with both beeeds and they are both the most unassuming, friendly breeds of dog that I’ve encountered in my 54 years. It looks like Mothers Against Everything has been stirring up the irrational fear stew again and threw in an additional measure of prevarication, a pinch of sophistry and a heaping amount of non sequitur contextual isolation to get this particular “Free Meal” fundraiser to effectively agitprop those two essentially gentle breeds into being seen as an imminent jeopardy threat.
lespaul1963 on January 21, 2018:
Of all the fumb duckery...Labrador Retrievers and Samoyeds are on this “Verboten List”, aka The Feces Roster in some US geographic region. I’ve a good deal of experience with both beeeds and they are both the most unassuming, friendly breeds of dog that I’ve encountered in my 54 years. It looks like Mothers Against Everythibg has been stirring up the irrational fear stew again.
Aaron on January 28, 2017:
Newfoundland is on the list?!?! How could a Newfoundland ever be a danger to anyone, maybe slobbered to death? I see that chihuahua's, Yorkshire terriers, and bichon frise didn't make the list, yet I've been bitten, and nipped by those breeds easily.
Rocky on December 30, 2016:
That's funny i have an english bull dog staffordshire bull terrier mix and he is always mistaken for a pit. It becomes really hard to find a suitable place to live in orlando with this type of breed
paulcarpenter87 on August 22, 2016:
There is no such thing as a bad dog breed, only bad dog owners. Dogs are social pack animals, and follow the lead of the political alpha, which in the case of the pet, is the owner.
Reb on February 17, 2016:
Crazy..where the cats then? While walking my gsd in the neighborhood a neighbor's cat ran down the driveway into the street to attack my dog for no reason. She ended up with a bloody nose and only barked at the nasty cat. The cat attacked another neighbor and scratched up her legs bad. So kitties are next?
Patsy on November 04, 2015:
With this list it only leaves us one choice, a rabbit.
This list takes away any rights we have to own the pet of our choice. It leave us only mixed breeds. Once again someone is dictating what we can and can't have . Stop trying to take our rights away.
Deb Ressler on June 25, 2015:
I really find it funny some of these dogs that r on this banned list !!!!! For instance a pug!!
Stephgzlez on September 08, 2014:
Im honestly a little confused.. They're not banning them from the country are they??? As in we cant own those breeds in this country anymore??? They cant do that!!! That is so unfair, many breeds are accused of things that isn't their fault, owners are the ones responsible for how their dogs are, not the breed in whole. There is no way anyone is taking my two sibe husky babies away.
amy on May 14, 2014:
I have to admit I don't believe this list is at all accurate. It has numerous duplicate breeds. Italian mastiff and cane corso? That's the same dog. I can't list them all but it has to be close to half the list. There might be 50 breeds that are banned if you takeaway the repeats. I've also known a pug that I swear was from Satan and attacked my dogs with intent to kill. But its a pug. They can't really grab and if they do its not hard to make them let go. That made me laugh that it would be banned. My favorite breed is Pomeranians but you often see them raised incorrectly and very aggressive. Mine wouldn't bite you even if you were trying to kill them. But at the same time my two lbs mini pom thinks she's bigger than my cane corso. Lol actually my cat also thinks she's bigger than my mastiff. I have noticed aggressive/dominant traits in the mastiff but we have been training and socializing like crazy. He will also always be muzzled in public as an adult so no one can say he bit someone. Its safer to me to make others feel safe from my 'scary' dog than let him try to show he's a big blue teddy bear at heart.
But anyway. I agree with some breed legislation. As in if someone wants that breed (whatever it is) they should be made to take a class or something and have a permit. Unless they already had said breed. A grandfather law should work in those instances. But I don't think certain breeds should be outright illegal. That's dumb. Teach the people how to raise them instead of letting no one have them. Good responsible law abiding citizens shouldn't be treated like criminals who use animals in criminal ways.
Carol on May 12, 2014:
Try finding home insurance when you have 'exotic' pets. :( I have two California Kingsnakes have have been turned down for home insurance. Brokers can not see the difference between a 6ft CaliKing and a 20 foot reticulated python.
Can only imagine how much harder it would be if we had a pitty or a rottie (both breeds we adore).
Was honestly surprised to see labs on the list. I have known one lab who I would not trust but generally as a breed they have one of the better reputations.
I feel the pain of everyone here trying to get insurance and having to deal with ignorant brokers, unfounded policies, and unfair companies. Stay hopeful and someone will come through.
APBT owner on March 18, 2014:
Now everyone knows how i've felt my entire life. Constantly moving because counties have banned my breed of choice (American Pit Bull Terriers) and we refuse to give up our family members to some stupid law made by cowardice people who don't know a damn thing, especially those wh actually think for a second that bite statistics are close to accurate. Why don't we just ban all dog breeds because they all have teeth and they all use them. Problem solved. If one group of people cant have the breed of their choice, let's make it fair for all. Its genocide and it needs to stop. Wipe them all out or none.