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30 Countries Where Pit Bull Terriers Are Banned or Restricted

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American pit bull terrier

American pit bull terrier

What Type of Dog Is an American Pit Bull Terrier?

The American pit bull terrier (APBT) is a medium-sized, short-coated, broad-chested, muscular dog from the terrier dog breed category of dogs. It is also known as a Staffordshire Fighting Dog, Bull Baiter Dog, Yankee Terrier and Rebel Terrier. It is a strong, energetic, courageous, devoted and very protective and agile dog that has a broad muzzle, powerful jaw, excellent stamina and power.

The pit bull terrier is a hybrid dog breed that was developed in the United States in the late nineteenth century by mixing an English bull and terrier dog (Old English terriers and Old English bulldogs) with an American bully type dog. It's recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA), but not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

They are considered to be the most favorite dogs for dog fighting games, and in many countries, they were used for dog fighting and blood sports.

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier

What Is Breed-specific legislation (BSL)?

Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is a law that prohibits or restricts particular dog breeds that are identified as dangerous or vicious. The rule applies to purebreds as dogs that are a mix of these breeds or resemble these breeds.

Is this type of legislation effective? Every country has its own standards for aggressiveness and the dangerousness of dogs. And in some countries, this is not the only criteria to ban a dog breed; some specific dog breeds have been banned or restricted on the basis of some other standards, like the breed was used for dog fights or has been known for certain diseases or health-related issues.

The Banned and Restricted Categories of Dog Breeds

The local BSL issues the list of dog breeds and guidelines, including which dogs are prohibited (banned) and which dogs can be kept subject to certain conditions.

The dog breeds that are not allowed on any condition are kept in prohibited or banned category. And the dog breeds that are allowed with certain conditions are kept in the restricted category.

According to the guideline of local BSL authority, you can pet the dogs of restricted breed on certain conditions:

  • If you are over 16 or 18 years of age
  • You already have experience in rearing dogs.
  • Dog required to wear a muzzle at public places.

Note, there may be other guidelines that the local BSL authority decides.

Did You Know?

The AKC does not recognize the pit bull terrier as a specific breed.

Why Do Some Countries Ban Pit Bull Terriers?

Pit bull terriers were the favorite breed of dogs to participate in a dog fight and blood sport, and in countries where the sport of dog fighting is outlawed, pit bull terriers are banned.

In addition, the back-door breeding of Pit bull terriers and bad training—to participate in the sport of dog fight game—produces an aggressive and dominant lineup. And they got a bad reputation for being an aggressive and vicious dog breed. Unfortunately, some insurance companies list them in the "dangerous dog breeds" category, and they are banned or restricted by breed-specific legislation in many countries.

5 Common Reasons for Breed-Specific Legislation

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. A 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 dogfighting and are, therefore, banned.
  4. Rare or unrecognized breeds or wolf hybrid dogs: In many countries, crossbreeds 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.
Banned and Restricted Dogs

Banned and Restricted Dogs

Are All Banned or Restricted Breed Dogs Dangerous or Vicious?

No, not necessarily. In some countries, some of the breeds that are prohibited are considered gentle and reliable dog breeds in other countries.

For example, there are a total of 80 breeds of dogs that are banned or restricted in Ukraine, including the Labrador retriever, which is considered by most to be a trustworthy and gentle dog. And in Italy, more than 90 breeds of dogs are banned, including the Bearded Collie and Corgi.

Therefore, it completely depends on the local BSL authority to decide which breeds of dogs to list in the prohibited or restricted categories.

Pit bull terrier dog

Pit bull terrier dog

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Which Countries Are They Banned or Restricted in?

CountriesRestricted or Banned?

1. Australia

Banned

2. Belarus

Banned

3. Bermuda Islands

Restrictions and conditions on ownership

4. Canada

Restrictions and conditions on ownership; banned in the Canadian province of Ontario

5. Denmark

Banned

6. Ecuador

Banned

7. France

Banned

8. Germany

Restrictions and conditions on ownership

9. Hong Kong

Banned

10. Ireland

Banned

11. Israel

Banned

12. Italy

Banned

13. Malta

Banned

14. Malaysia

Banned

15. New Zealand

Banned

16. Norway

Banned

17. Portugal

Banned

18. Puerto Rico

Restrictions and conditions on ownership

19. Romania

Banned

20. Russia

Restrictions and conditions on ownership

21. Saudi Arabia

Banned

22. Singapore

Banned

23. Spain

Banned

24. Switzerland

Banned

25. Turkey

Restrictions and conditions on ownership

26. Venezuela

Banned

27. UAE (United Arab Emirates)

Banned

28. UK (United Kingdom)

Banned

29. Ukraine

Banned

30. USA

Restrictions and conditions on ownership in some parts of the country

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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