Countries That Ban Pit Bulls

There are places all over the world that have banned or put restrictions on pit bulls and other wonderful dogs. Some restrictions have been in place for years, others are more recent.

Countries That Have Restrictions

  • Poland – Since 1997 pit bulls can only be kept if you follow thorough and effective precautions.
  • Denmark – Since 2011 you are not allowed to import, cultivate or sell pit bulls.
  • Finland – In 1999 there were restrictions put on the ownership of dangerous dog breeds.
  • Spain – In 2002 there were restrictions put on dangerous dogs. You have to have a license to house a pit bull. In order to get a license the owner must be of legal age, have no criminal background, he/she must be mentally and physically healthy, and you must get liability insurance for no less than 120,000 euros. ( which is $147,231.60 US Dollars)
  • Great Britain – Since 1997 there has been a ban on the purchase, sale,  Muzzleexchange of pit bulls. In order to own one, the dog must be leashed and muzzled while out in public. The dog must be registered, spayed/neutered, stamped and have a chip/ There must be insurance for the pit bull.
  • Ireland – In 1998 there were restrictions put in place for the ownership of dangerous dog breeds. The pit bull must be on a short leash and be muzzled in public. The dog must be licensed. Nobody under the age of 16 years old can walk the dog.
  • Italy – In 2003 there was a list of 92 dog breeds that were prohibited from being owned. In 2007 the list was shortened to include the dangerous dog breeds. Then, in 2009 the entire list was wiped away. Now, the law requires that ALL dog owners walk their dogs on a leash and muzzle them.
  • Romania – A restriction on the possession of dangerous dogs was put in place in 2002. In order to own a pit bull you must be 18 years old or older, and have a certificate from a psychiatrist and judicial resolution. Importing pit bulls is illegal.
  • Singapore – Since 1991 in order to own a pit bull, the dog must be Short Leashspayed/neutered and have a microchip. You must have insurance for no less than 100 00$. While out in public, the dog must be on a short leash and have a muzzle on.
  • Belarus – Since 2012, it has been required to keep pit bulls in such a place that they can’t get out, keep the dog on a leash or within a secured fenced area with a warning. The dog must wear a muzzle and a hard leash and collar. In order to walk a pit bull you must be at least 18 years old, and have a certificate of training courses on maintenance, breeding and caring for dogs.
  • New Zealand – Since 2003, pit bulls and other dangerous dog breeds have to be spayed/neutered and have mandatory microchipping. They must be muzzled and walked on a short leash.
  • Russia – A federal law was passed in 2011. Restrictions were placed on pit bulls. Disabled people can not home or walk a pit bull. Minors or people without a certificate of going through a special education are not allowed to house or walk the dogs. The dogs must be registered.
  • Ukraine – There has been restrictive laws on dangerous breeds (including pit bulls) since 1998. Now the list has more than 80 dogs on it. It is mandatory to have insurance on the dog. Muzzles, short leashes and microchipping are all a must.

Countries That Ban Pit Bulls

  • Germany – In 2001, pit bulls were officially prohibited.
  • Norway – In 2004, pit bulls were banned.
  • Switzerland – Banned pit bulls in 2010.
  • Israel – Since 2004 pit bulls have been banned from entering the country.
  • Turkey – Pit bulls and their mixes have not been allowed for sale, purchase, advertising, and exchange since 2004. Pit Bulls Prohibited
  • Canada – Ontario and Manitoba have a ban on owning pit bulls. (There is no nationwide ban on dangerous dogs.)
  • Bermuda Islands – There was an official ban on pit bulls in 2003.
  • Portugal – Ownership of pit bulls is banned.
  • Venezuela – Pit bulls and their mixes were banned in 2014 for import, sale, and breeding.
  • Puerto Rico – Since 1998 it has been prohibited to import, sell, be in possession of, and breed pit bulls.
  • Ecuador – Pit bulls have been prohibited since 2009.
  • Australia – It is prohibited to import pit bulls and other dangerous breeds into the country,

Note: There Are Other Dogs Banned

Just want to be clear that there are other dog breeds banned or have restrictions in the above countries. Here is a list of the most common restricted/banned dogs. These “dangerous dogs” are the most common throughout all of these countries.

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog A, B, C : American Bulldog, Alabai, Akita Inu, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Australian Dingo, Anatolian Karabash, Airedale Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Bull Mastiff, Boerboel, Bandog, Bernese Sennenhund, Berger Picard, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Central Asian Shepherd Dog, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Cane Corso, Chowchow.

Doberman Pinscher D, E, F : Dogo Argentino, Doberman Pinscher, Dogo Canario, Dogue de Bordeaux, Danish Broholmer, Dalmatian, English Bull Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Fox Terrier.





German Boxer G, I, J : German Shepherd Dog, Great Dane, German Boxer, Gorski Hunting Dog, Irish Wolfhound, Japanese Mastiff.





Leonberger K, L, M : Karelian Bear Dog, Karst Shepherd, Kangal, Leonberger, Labrador Retriever, Mastino Neopolitano, Majorca Mastiff, Mittelschnauzer.





Rottweiler N, P, R : Newfoundland, Portuguese Sheep Dog, Portuguese Mastiff, Portuguese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback.



Welsh Terrier S, T, W, Y : South Russian Shepherd, South African Boerboel, St Bernard, Siberian Husky, Tosa Inu, Tibetan Mastiff, Welsh Terrier, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog.


Some of these dogs I have never heard of. There are some dogs on this list that I have had personal interactions with and they were wonderful.  I must stress that I don’t believe any breed of dog to be dangerous.  Dogs are not born dangerous, they are taught to be that way.


When I had the idea for this post, I was hoping that I wouldn’t find so many places around the world with pit bull bans/restrictions. I’m not even sure if I have all of the countries with bans/restrictions. I know that there are many other breeds that are in the same boat. It makes me sad to think about all of the discrimination that’s happening around the globe.

If I’m missing information that you think should be here, please let me know!





Author: Heather

I'm here to help my husband, Joe, create Pit Bull Love.

2 thoughts on “Countries That Ban Pit Bulls”

  1. Personally, I love Pit Bulls. They’re like big teddy bears and they’re so cute when they’re babies. It’s a shame that they get a bad rap, just because they were brought up wrong. It’s not the dog whose bad, it’s the owner. If their owners raise them to fight other dogs, then of course they will be aggressive. Pit Bulls have a very protective personality (as well as loving). And if their owner treats them right, they won’t be so aggressive.

    This post is really eye opening,

    Thank you for this.

    1. It is very sad that so much of the world sees pit bulls as aggressive, dangerous dogs. I agree with you 100%. Pit bulls make wonderful ‘teddy bears’. And it’s true, they are not born bad or aggressive….they are taught to be that way.

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