Four dog breeds that are illegal to own in the UK and why

That said, there are some breeds that you are currently not allowed to own in the UK.

If you’re thinking of getting a pooch, make sure you don’t buy one that could get you in trouble.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Pitbull Terriers are banned in the UK. Image: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images

What breeds of dogs are banned in the UK?

The Dangerous Dog Act 1991 prohibits the ownership, breeding or sale of a number of dog species.

It was introduced after a series of attacks in 1991.

The following four breeds have been banned:

Pit Bull Terriers and Japanese Tosa breeds are specifically mentioned in the law, while the Secretary of State added the latter two in 1991.

Whether your dog is a forbidden type depends on what he looks like, not his breed or name.

If your dog exhibits many of the traits of a pit bull terrier, they may be a forbidden type.

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Is it just illegal to own a banned dog?

It is also against the law:

– Breeding from a forbidden dog

What happens if you have a banned dog?

If you have a banned dog, the police or local handler can take it away and keep it, even if:

it does not act dangerously

there was no complaint

The police may need court approval to do this.

However, if your dog is in:

– in a public place, the police do not need a search warrant

– a private place, the police must obtain an arrest warrant

– a private place and the police have a warrant for something else (e.g. a drug investigation), they can confiscate your dog

A police or council canine expert will assess what type of dog you have and whether it is (or could be) a danger to the public. Your dog will then either:

– being held in kennels while the police (or council) calls a court

You are not allowed to visit your dog while waiting for the court decision.

Are there circumstances where you can keep a prohibited dog?

If your dog is banned but the court doesn’t think it poses a danger to the public, they can put it on the IED and let you keep it.

You will receive an exemption certificate. This applies to a dog’s life.

– always be on a leash and wear a muzzle in public

– kept in a safe place to prevent it from escaping

– Get insurance to keep your dog from hurting other people

– Show the exemption certificate when requested by a police officer or council dog guard, either immediately or within 5 days

– Inform the IED if you change address or your dog dies

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