While some dogs may seem plain scary to some people, certain dog breeds are completely banned for human ownership. Such banning has mostly been a result of both perceived and actual dog violence. In some cases, these dog breeds are not legitimately a danger to humans. Rather, they just need the proper care and attention to thrive as a household pet.
So, what are the top banned dog breeds? Read more to find out!
American Pitbull Terrier
Though the American Pitbull Terrier looks happy and cute to the eye, it is still banned in some areas of the world, including the U.K., for household ownership. This is government-regulated. This banning dates back to the early 1990s, when the dog breed attacked humans in various cases.
The U.K. also prohibits human ownership of the Dogo Argentino, a dog breed we’ve already covered on this list. The banning is based on the belief that this dog could pose serious danger to humans, even though it’s quite a cute-looking breed.
Another dog we’ve already covered in this article is the Chow Chow, a fluffy, small dog with a lot of personality. The Chow Chow is capable of harming humans, so many cities across the U.S. and other countries prohibit it as a pet. Chow Chows, if they sense danger, can become extremely protective of their space and lash out at any perceived threats around them.
Another type of dog that is banned-in the U.K. specifically-is the Japanese Tosa. The U.K. government insists that people who own such banned breeds still have to be aware that at any time, the police or the “local council dog warden” can take the dog away.
The Fila Brasileiro is another dog commonly banned across the world. These dogs are big, sometimes weighing up to 180 pounds, which may be part of the reason not many people are legally allowed to own them!
Today, multiple countries have totally banned ownership or limited ownership of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. These countries include but are not limited to: Switzerland, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain and Ireland. Such banning is due to the “aggressive” potential the breed holds.
Who would ever think the Dalmatian would end up on a banned-dog list? It turns out, China does not permit humans to own this dog. Since 2003, Beijing has ruled that dogs of a height over 35 centimeters were not allowed in the city areas.
Maybe it’s in the name alone, but the Czchoslovakia Wolfdog is another dog breed that doesn’t bide well with pet ownership laws, especially in the United States. Most states in the U.S. prohibits both ownership and breeding of any wolf dog. The same also rings true in parts of the U.K.
Ca de Bou
As sad as it sounds, the Ca de Bou has a history of sport fighting. In countries like Spain, the Ca de Bou was often used to bait other dogs to get them to fight each other, which may be part of why some countries do not favor ownership of this breed.
Having said that, many rescue organizations have developed across the world in order to create a safe space for the breed and ultimately find them loving owners.
Though adorable, the Shar Pei can be a very territorial, defensive dog breed. It’s one dog breed you will not be allowed to bring on the airplane with you, as many U.S. airlines have banned it completely from entering the aircraft, with the exception that it fits in a small carrier.