Five Commonly Banned 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the local legislature decided to pass breed specific legislation in Denver, Colorado, USA, the city was nice enough to collect the beloved family pets of those too poor to run off and hide their dogs in Vail. They then took the dogs and killed them and dumped them in a land fill.
Unless you were worried about this and bought a Basset Hound, your dog might be next.
© 2013 Dr Mark