Q651: What type of dogs are illegal to own?

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, it is illegal to own/sell/breed/give away/exchange dogs of the following type:

  • Pit bull terrier type.
  • Japanese Tosa type.
  • Dogo Argentino type.
  • Fila Braziliero type.
  • Any other type of dog appearing to be or to have characteristics of the above type bred for fighting.

If it is alleged that a dog is of a type which is prohibited it is presumed to be the case until the owner proves to the contrary. The owner can do this at his/her own expense.

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