It’s not unusual for countries to bring regulations as to what type of foods or breeds of animals are allowed. Many factors come to play in making these decisions and some of them being the wellbeing of the animal or the wellbeing of other existing animals within the country. Dogs are one such animals where certain breeds are not allowed in other countries. While there are exceptions to bringing a forbidden breed, the lengths that one has to go to fulfill their dream is extreme. For instance, in some countries, in order to bring a restricted breed, the person has to undergo a psychological evaluation, obtain criminal records, prove that they would be able to cover for any damage incurred because of the animal, among many other steps. Today, we are listing 10 breeds of dogs around the world that are not allowed in some countries.
1. Pit Bull
The “pitbull” breed or mixes of this breed are not allowed to land on Antigua and Barbuda as well as Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Canada (Winnipeg, Quebec), the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico (a commonwealth of the United States), Parts of Australia, Parts of Austria, Bermuda, Parts of Brazil, Parts of China, Germany (they are not allowed in 15/16 German provinces) and Sweden.
2. Dogo Argentino
Dogo Argentinos are large mastiff-type of dogs that belong to the group of working dogs. They grow to a standard height of about 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder. Currently, they are not allowed in several countries around the world, including the Cayman Islands, Norway, Fiji, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. There are also restrictions on owning them in certain areas of the United States.
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Currently, there are 12 countries that do not allow Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s to be imported, adopted or simply purchased as pets. Germany, Switzerland and Bermuda Islands have outright restricted the ownership of the breed but there are also restrictions in countries such as Spain, Ireland, France, Romania, Israel, USA, Portugal and Singapore.
4. American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the most controversial dogs around the world. It is estimated that around 11 countries currently do not allow the breed to enter its borders. The list of countries include France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Turkey, Canada, Bermuda Islands, Singapore and Malaysia.
5. Japanese Tosa
The Japanese Tosa has been known in Japan for almost 1,000 years. Originally, they are from Shikoku island, a place called Tosa Wan; which is where they got their name from. While the breed is friendly towards humans, they are not friendly with other dogs since they were trained to fight next to their samurais. Because of this, they are currently not allowed in 18 countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Gibraltar, Denmark, Italy, Malta, Norway, Turkey, Bermuda Islands, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland, Iceland and Malaysia.
6. American Bulldog
The American bulldog is a breed that often gets a bad reputation. In the US, currently, states and territories such as Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington and West Virginia do not allow ownership of American Bulldogs. In some states, owners might be required to prove that they can safely handle this breed whereas others require owners to buy liability insurance. Countries such as Belarus, Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela restrict the ownership of this breed.
7. Brazilian Mastiff
The big/gentle dogs want nothing to do more than just spend time with their humans and protect them. Unfortunately, they are perceived as dangerous in a lot of places around the world, which prevents them from being adopted as pets. Currently, they are not allowed in 14 countries including Denmark, Italy, Norway, Bermuda Islands, Cyprus, Western Australia, Iceland and Israel.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) ranks the Rottweiler as one of the top ten of most popular dog breeds because of their playful personality as well as confidence, intelligence, and loyalty to their humans. While the Rottweiler is used in rescue operations and police forces, they are still not allowed in 10 countries including, Israel, Malaysia, Qatar, Bermuda Islands, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Ecuador.
9. Presa Canario
Although the Presa Canario is a family dog, they are still restricted in many countries which includes Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland, Bermuda Islands, Malaysia, and St. Kitts & Nevis.
10. Fila Brasileiro
The Fila Brasileiro is a breed of dog native to Brazil. Natives used the breed for hunting wild animals as well as in the farms as working dogs. While they look intimidating, with proper training, they can be family oriented dogs. However, they are currently not allowed in the UK, Cyprus, Denmark, Israel, Italy, St. Kitts & Nevi, St. Lucia, Singapore, Spain, Malta and Norway.