Five Commonly Banned Dog Breeds

Updated on July 31, 2019
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

The Tosa Inu, despite only used as a wrestling dog in Japan, is banned since many perceive him as a fighter.
The Tosa Inu, despite only used as a wrestling dog in Japan, is banned since many perceive him as a fighter. | Source

5 "Bad" Dog Breeds

There is nothing wrong with these dog breeds. There is something wrong when a legislator decides he knows what is right or wrong for us, and decides to use his powers against a race of dog.

Maybe legislators should be banned.

This Pitbull looks like she knows she is banned.
This Pitbull looks like she knows she is banned. | Source

1. The Pit Bull: Banned Like No Other

Every time there is a biting incident, especially if it is serious, a Pit Bull is blamed. It does not matter if the dog is not a Pit Bull, since no matter what the dog breed involved, if no one identifies the dog it is assumed to be a Pit Bull.

When a Pit Bull bite occurs, it is on the news. If it is a stray dog, a mutt, or a well-known hunting breed, it is not considered newsworthy.

Pit bulls are just a cross between bulldogs and terriers. They have been around the US for a long time, hunting, driving livestock, and keeping the family company. When they started becoming popular among the drug dealers and inner city crowd, the reports started.

Because of all the inflammatory reports about Pit Bulls, this dog is banned more often than any other. They are illegal to own in Miami, Florida, in Denver, Colorado, in Ontario, Canada, and many other cities and counties (UK, parts of Canada, Singapore, Australia, and many others).

Some areas collect all pet Pit Bulls to euthanize, and other areas require an extra tax on Pit Bulls. Those that cannot pay lose their dogs and the city council will round them up and kill them.

2. Fila Brasileiro

The Fila Brasileiro has been called “The Brazilian Fighting Dog” on several websites.

That is wrong.

The Fila is a livestock guard dog, developed to distrust strangers and animals that could affect the herd he protected, and the Fila is a good animal that does not deserve to be banned.

The Fila was bred from Mastiffs, Bulldogs, Bloodhounds, and native breeds. He is tall, heavy (about 50 kilos or 110 pounds), has a short coat, and loose skin that makes him comfortable in the tropics.

This dog is illegal to own in the UK. It is also prohibited in Israel, Norway, Denmark, Cyprus, and Malta. It is illegal to import a Fila to Australia, New Zealand, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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The Fila Brasiliero is not a fighting dog.Fila Brasiliero puppes are large, but should not be banned.Filas are bred for protection, not to be banned.
The Fila Brasiliero is not a fighting dog.
The Fila Brasiliero is not a fighting dog. | Source
Fila Brasiliero puppes are large, but should not be banned.
Fila Brasiliero puppes are large, but should not be banned. | Source
Filas are bred for protection, not to be banned.
Filas are bred for protection, not to be banned. | Source

3. Japanese Tosa

The Tosa is still a rare breed but is recognized in many places infected with BSL. They are big, up to about 80 kilos (200 pounds), have a huge head and neck, and a muscular body that served them well in the sumo-type fighting that they were forced to perform.

Yes, the Tosa was developed to fight--he knows how to wrestle. Small native dogs (the Shikoku Inu) were mixed with Mastiffs, Great Danes, and some other breeds to produce this large dog.

In the UK, the Tosa is considered a dangerous dog and cannot be owned without special permission. They are also banned in the European countries of Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, Malta, Cyprus, and Turkey, and are illegal in Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia.

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Japanese Tosa are banned in many places.A Japanese Tosa.
Japanese Tosa are banned in many places.
Japanese Tosa are banned in many places. | Source
A Japanese Tosa.
A Japanese Tosa. | Source

4. Dogo Argentino

This attractive white dog was bred from a fighting breed but was also mixed with mellow dogs like the Irish Wolfhound and Great Dane to develop a strong animal that could hunt boar and puma.

The only people who use the Dogo Argentino for fighting are doing so illegally. That is no reason to ban the breed.

They are banned in the UK, where dogs may be taken away by the police. In the US they have been banned in Aurora Colorado and New York City. New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, Iceland, Israel, and the Ukraine have all decided it is illegal to own one of these dogs. In Australia it is even illegal to import a Dogo Argentino.

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Dogo Argentino are hunting dogs but are banned in many countries.A Dogo Argentino, one of the most commonly banned breeds of dog.
Dogo Argentino are hunting dogs but are banned in many countries.
Dogo Argentino are hunting dogs but are banned in many countries. | Source
A Dogo Argentino, one of the most commonly banned breeds of dog.
A Dogo Argentino, one of the most commonly banned breeds of dog. | Source

5. Presa Canario

Presa Canarios are victims of their looks. Their chests are wide and their heads are square and broad so they look like a guard dog, look like a fighter, and if there is an incident that would be ignored in a popular breed, the Presa makes headlines.

This dog from the Spanish Canary Islands was bred to work and still has not been banned in a lot of areas. Back in 2001 there was a woman killed by a pair of Presa Canarios who had been trained to fight and then kept in an apartment. The attorneys who had decided to keep the dogs ended up going to prison.

Preso Canario are banned in Australia and New Zealand.

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A Presa Canario.The Presa Canario.
A Presa Canario.
A Presa Canario. | Source
The Presa Canario.
The Presa Canario. | Source

A lot of countries also ban American Bulldogs, Boerboels, and Neapolitan Mastiffs. Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Boxers, Dobermans, Rottweilers, German Shepherd Dogs, Akitas and a few others are occasionally labeled dangerous but are too popular to be attacked by legislators in most areas. It might happen at any time.

If you want to get one of these dogs the first thing you need to find out would be is if it legal in your area. Even if it is allowed, there are insurance requirements for homeowners and many landlords do not allow certain breeds on their property.

Is everything okay? You can get an adult dog and evaluate her personality, or find a reputable breeder and get a puppy that can grow up with your family.

© 2013 Dr Mark


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      venkat, chennai, india 

      3 years ago

      This shows how mean we humans really are!!! and what a comfort, shift the blame on the breed of the dog and prosecute them, typically timid human behaviour, sorry to say.

      Just want give an example, I have a Doberman, 4 years old, male, quite ferocious and very protective of all household and the members, but only if needed. I can take him for walks chained or unchained and a simple voice command or at most a stern call, he will not croos the line. Last week he was attacked by two ill temperd Labradors, and he freed himself in a few seconds and mind you he was in a choke collar all the time, but he did not bite back, for one simple reason, I did not shout attack! my poor guy took a bite and I am still tending to his wound, almost healed now. Was it my mistake I did not command him to attack? Iam still pondering on that! And mind you in one incident just to safe gaurd my child he has even attacked a mid sized bull and chase the bull like crazy!

      Well in a nut shell hope we can first check if the person buying a pup is just for fancy or he can cope up with the hard work and dedication involved and of course ban those (well I am quite tempted to add a few nice words here!) so called inhuman legislators!

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      4 years ago

      I got 10 pitbulls and they don't fight so it the people who train them to fight they don't do it on their own

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      5 years ago

      Nice article as Dr. mark say "Dogs only do what they are taught."

      Any specific dog breed should not be banned, the week or careless owners should be banned.

      Thanks for nice article.

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      7 years ago from Utah

      It is crazy that because a dog is a certain breed people think they can ban it

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      Judy Specht 

      7 years ago from California

      This hub leaves me speechless and sad. Thanks for bringing this to light.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks for visiting, Eiddwen. I have seen that photo a lot over the years but it strikes hard every time, really sad.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      So so sad and the last photo really got to me. It is bad owners who need to be banned and not the dog!!!

      Thanks for sharing this much needed hub.


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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I feel the same way. It is sad when a hunting dog is blamed for causing problems because people teach it to fight!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi DrMark. How sad. I did not know that some breeds were banned in some cities and countries. The people who train these dogs to fight are the ones who should be banned.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      And the other thing, Bob, is that a lot of those times those aggressive dogs are just hungry and maltreated. Does that make them bad? Not as far as I am concerned.

      The BSL cannot be pushed far enough away. Some countries are still discovering it and think it is a good thing.

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      Dr Mark 

      7 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks Will I agree that it is the jerks who treat them as weapons, and I don't think the dogs should be blamed for all the bad people out there. It was really sad seeing all the hate pages for Pitbulls and Filas out there while doing research for this article.

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      Michelle Dee 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Another aaawwwww what a cutie moment from the first puppy photo.

      That is very tragic about the Denver CO killings. I didn't even know about that. I wonder if PETA or Humane Society spoke up. That just doesn't seem right.

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      Bob Bamberg 

      7 years ago

      What an unfortunate true story! In almost all cases of dog aggressiveness, it's the owner's fault. Either they permit their dog to display what they consider a little meanness, or they've just failed at training him properly.

      I had scores of customers who owned breeds with bad reputations, yet they were really good family dogs because they were properly socialized, trained and maintained.

      We're starting to see some push back against BSL, but it's still a fairly active movement. Good hub, Doc. Voted up and interesting.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I think it all depends on the owner. I have never had a bad dog that I raised myself, and the one pit female I had ( a hand-me-down) responded right away with a little leader of the pack discipline and a lot of the love and kindness she had never known.

      Having said that, dogs bred to be aggressive are not for everyone, and certainly not for the nincompoops who treat them as weapons.

      Good Hub, Doc.


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