What Dog Breeds are Banned in the UK ?

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There are four dog breeds currently on the UK governments banned breed list.

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasilerio

It is illeagal to sell, abandon, give away or breed from a banned dog. 

If you are suspected of owning a banned breed, this is based mainly on how your dog looks, the police or council can take away and keep your dog. This can happen even if your dog is not dangerous and there have been no complaints. The police may need a warrant to take your dog.

It is your responsibility to prove your dog is not a banned breed. If successful your dog will be returned to you, if not your dog could be destroyed and you could be convicted. 

If your dog is deemed by the court not to be of danger to the public it my be put on an IED.(Index of Exempted Dogs. There is a list of conditions that must be met for you to keep the dog. 

For more detailed information visit Controlling Your Dog in Public at 


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