Top 10 Banned Dog Breeds
In the late 1980s, an epidemic of attacks by Pit Bull type dogs, and other related breeds, led to widespread bans. In 1991, the Parliament of the United Kingdom banned the ownership of Japanese Tosa Inus, Argentine Dogos, Fila Brasilieros and Pit Bulls, with many other countries following suit soon after. Even in areas where having such dogs is legal, it can be nearly impossible for homeowners to get liability insurance if they own one of the breeds below:
Banned in Denmark, Singapore and various municipalities, the American Bulldog’s origins are in the deep south, where it was used as a farm dog.
The term ‘bandog’ has been in use since the Middle Ages and is used to describe a large dog that was let off its chain at night to guard its property. Bandogs are generally prohibited anywhere there are restrictions on its parent breeds.
8. Neapolitan Mastiff:
The Neapolitan Mastiff or Neo, comes from Italy, where once it was used as a gladiator dog in the bloody spectacles of the Coliseum. They were also used as war dogs by the Roman legion.
7. Wolfdog :
There are many established breeds of wolves and domestic dogs, including the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (a mix of German Shepherd and Carpathian wolf) and the Saarloos Wolfhound (German Shepherd and Mackenzie Valley timber wolf). There have been many attacks on humans, most commonly on small children, which they may view as prey items. It is prohibited in Norway.
The Boerboel comes from South Africa, and closely resembles a more athletic Bull Mastiff in appearance. They are banned in Denmark.
5. Dogo Argentino:
First bred in Argentina in 1928, the Dogo was taken from the now extinct Cordoba Fighting Dog, which was mixed with various other breeds, including the Great Dane, Dogue de Bordeaux and Irish Wolfhound. The Dogo is banned in at least 10 countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Portugal.
4. Presa Canario:
The Presa Canario is a massive fighting dog hailing from Spain’s Canary Islands, generally weighing over a hundred pounds. Presa Canarios are banned in Australia and New Zealand.
The Fila or Brazilian Mastiff, is a huge dog bred for hunting boar and jaguar, and was even used for tracking down runaway slaves. It has Mastiff, Bulldog and Bloodhound ancestry. It is illegal to own a Fila in the United Kingdom.
The Tosa Inu can weigh anywhere from 80-200lbs. It is a mix of indigenous Japanese dogs and various Western breeds, such as the Mastiff and Bull Terrier. It is illegal to own in Denmark, Malta and Norway, amongst other countries.
1. American Pit Bull Terrier:
They are illegal to own in Miami-Dade County, Florida; Ontario, Canada; and many countries throughout the world.