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Illegal Dogs In America – The Definitive List

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 31 ·
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We all love dogs and enjoy having them in our homes. However, every dog has personality and temperament, depending on how they’re raised and trained. Unfortunately, some dog breeds are banned. Here’s a definitive list of illegal dogs in America.

Why Are Some Dog Breeds Banned?

Many animal welfare laws are set to keep humans and dogs safe. For example, these laws protect animals against the following:

  • Dogfighting
  • Mistreatment or abuse
  • Being trained as an attack or guard dogs

In addition, these laws also protect humans if a dog attacks them. 

Based on the dog breed’s origin and what they were initially bred for, some dog breeds are considered “dangerous” or too aggressive. For instance, the Pitbull is one of these breeds because they were initially bred to be fighting dogs.

Yes, these breeds have that instinct, but with a loving home and proper training, Pitbulls have a sweet and gentle temperament.

However, the breed is considered dangerous because of their ancestors’ reputation. Thus, this breed is often banned or illegal to own in some parts. 

Unfortunately, banned dog breeds are to ensure the safety of the community. However, these breeds can be sweet and kind. In addition, any dog breed can be aggressive, depending on how they’re raised and their personality.

The Difference Between Big Dogs And Small Dogs

Any breed can be illegal, but most of them are larger dogs. So, for example, you don’t often see Chihuahuas being banned in some regions of the world.

Why? Chihuahuas are small dogs. If they bite you, they might break the skin, but you can bandage it up, and you won’t feel anything.

On the other hand, a Malinois is a large dog that has a much stronger bite force. So, even if they’re up to date with all of their shots, you might be injured for a little while if they bite you and break the skin. It’ll take some time for that one to heal.

All dog owners need to keep their dogs adequately trained – no matter their breed or size – and keep them under control and on a leash. This is one of the reasons leash laws came into place.

Illegal Dogs In America

Believe it or not, there are illegal dogs in America. Keep in mind that not all of these dogs are banned in America. Some of them are illegal in certain states.

Here’s a list of some of the banned breeds in America.

Dog BreedStates Banned
Shar-PeiMississippi and Utah
Rhodesian RidgebackMichigan and Wisconsin
Alaskan MalamuteIowa, Louisiana, and Michigan
Bull TerrierGeorgia, Michigan, and Washington
Siberian HuskyIowa, Louisiana, and Michigan
Mastiff (all types)Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin
AkitaIowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee, and Washington
Fila BrasileiroColorado, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin
Cane CorsoArkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington
German ShepherdGeorgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee
American BulldogArkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia
Chow ChowGeorgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas
Doberman PinscherGeorgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin
Presa CanarioAlabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
Wolf DogAlabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
RottweilerAlabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin
PitbullAlabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

How To Keep You And Your Dog Safe

The best way to ensure that your dog isn’t considered to be dangerous or aggressive within your city you can do the following:

  • Properly train your dog with the help of a professional dog trainer
  • Keep your pup fenced-in at the house and on a leash when in public
  • Ensure your dog is up to date with all their shots and boosters
  • Wear a muzzle in public if your dog is known to be reactive or aggressive
  • Always supervise your dog

Not All Dogs Are Bad

No matter what breed they are, some dogs are aggressive while others or not. It depends on how well they were trained, how they were trained, and their overall personality mixed with their breed’s temperament. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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