Apart from the fact that dogs are animals, they play special roles in homes. Some serve as companions, while others serve as security agents, used to teach responsibility at home, and reduce stress levels. Some hospitals even use them for therapeutic purposes. However, these functions do not apply to illegal dog breeds.
Breed-specific legislation (BSL) may seem outdated, but they are still enforced in different nations of the world. The law restricts or prohibits specific breeds of dogs since they are considered as vicious or dangerous.
What dog breeds are illegal?
About 53 countries, including the United States of America, Australia, the United Kingdom, and South Africa, have jurisdictions with breed-specific laws. Forty-two out of those countries have enacted the breed-specific legislation at the national level. Let us consider the most illegal dog breeds in the world and why they are not allowed.
Illegal dog breeds.
1. Neapolitan mastiff
Although many people do not associate Neapolitan Mastiffs with dangerous dogs, they are illegal to own in Singapore. In order to own one in Romania, one must pass a psychological evaluation. The 200-lb. dog can be dangerous when fully grown and should not be around children.
2. Fila Brasileiro
They are also called the Brazilian mastiffs. The breed is popular for their tracking ability, intelligence, aggressiveness, and unforgiving temperament. Because of these, they serve as a guard dog, hunting dog for tracking, and are also used for controlling large games. However, courts in Malta, Norway, Denmark, Israel, the UK, and Cyprus exempt this breed of dogs from being owned. Also, the Fila is a restricted or proscribed breed in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland. New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago classify them as a dangerous dog, which means no one can import them. Males must also be neutered.
3. Perro de Presa Canario
Sometimes called the Canary mastiff, the Perro de Presa Canario is a dog breed that was raised initially for working livestock. In Spanish, the breed means Canarian catch dog. This dog is usually large, and it has a thick and muscular body. They need to be trained early for them to socialise and obey.
Is Presa Canario dangerous? In the 1982-2014 report, the Dogo Canario ranked fourth with 111 attacks against people. Forty-six of them were against children, 41 against adults. Also, 18 resulted in death, while 63 ended in permanent body injuries. Importing and selling the breed in New Zealand and Australia are prohibited. Where are Presa Canarios banned? Countries Germany, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, and a few states in the US also restrict owning them.
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