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Which countries that dont allow dogs? List of Breeds

When planning to travel abroad with your dog the first thing you want to know is will that country accept your dog. This is something I myself wanted to know, So after doing some endless research and checking all the rules and regulations for Which countries that don’t allow dogs I’ve created this article to help and share with you all the information you seek.

Now there are certain countries where dogs are banned or they have imposed certain restrictions, and this is to do with the breed of dog that they’ve considered to be dangerous. So below I have laid out a list of countries that don’t allow dogs and most importantly the breed of dog.

United Kingdom

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 that prohibit or restrict certain types of dogs and codifying the criminal offence of allowing a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control. This is after eleven horrific attacks that happen in 1991 and now this act bands the sale, purchase or exchange of the types of breeds listed below.

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro

So unfortunately if you have any one of the dog breeds listed above you won’t be able to bring them with you into the UK.

Ireland

Below are a list of of dog breeds that the current law has impose restrictions on. All animals need to be muzzled while in public and the owner has to be over 16 years of age.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • English Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Dobermann Pinscher
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd (Alsatian)
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa

France

Concerning dangerous and stray animals in 1999 there were restrictions to the ownership of dangerous dogs and this was spilt into 2 categories. The first category is dogs without official pedigree, or are a look a like of the following breeds.

  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pit-bull Terrier
  • Mastiff
  • Tosa

The second category are pedigree dogs registered with the official stud book. 

  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Rottweiler (without pedigree)
  • Rottweiler
  • Mastiff
  • Tosa

Spain

In Spain anyone that own’s a potentially dangerous dog must have an appropriate licence this is law under article 3 of the Royal Decree 287-2002 of 22 of March 2002. The following breed are listed below.

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Akita Inu
  • Rottweiler
  • Dogo Argentino,
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Tosa Inu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Gibraltar

The following breeds that are potentially dangerous listed below are banned and are prohibited from entering the country.

  • American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Fila Brasilero
  • Dogo Argentino

Germany

The Dog Transfer and Import Restrictions Act prohibits the transfer or import of certain types of dog breeds that are classified as dangerous into Germany.

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier

Denmark

In 2011 any dog that are classified as dangerous will not be able to enter Denmark, Make sure you check that your dog is allowed into the country first before you travel there. The following breeds are listed below.

  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Fila Brasileiro – Brazilian Mastiff
  • South Russian Shepherd
  • Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  • Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog 
  • Tornjak
  • Alabai
  • Kangal
  • Tosa Inu

Italy

From 2003 Dogs that are classified as dangerous will be prohibited from entering the country, But in 2007 some dogs were unclassified as dangerous and can now enter the country. The breeds that can not enter are listed below.

  • American Bulldog
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog
  • Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  • Central Asian Shepherd Dog
  • Portuguese Sheepdog
  • Fila Brasileiro – Brazilian Mastiff
  • Perro da ganado majorero
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogo Canario
  • Pitbull and all its variants
  • Portuguese Mastiff
  • Rottweiler
  • Tosa Inu 

Malta

In 1998 there were restrictions on keeping any of dangerous dogs breeds listed below in Malta.

  • American Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino – Argentine Mastiff
  • Fila Brasileiro – Brazillian Mastiff
  • Tosa Inu

Russia

In 2011 a law for the Responsible Treatment of animals was signed into effect by Russian president for dangerous breeds is to be strictly regulated in Russia. The following breeds are listed below.

  • Karelian Bear Dog
  • Anatolian Karabash
  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • South African Boerboel
  • Central Asian Shepherd
  • Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Switzerland

In 2010 Switzerland classified the following breeds below as dangerous and are prohibited from entering the country.

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • English Bull Terrier
  • Bandog

Norway

In Norway it’s against the law to own certain types of breeds which are considered dangerous, It’s also illegal to breed or import these dogs. Below are the list of dogs breeds that are banned.

  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Fila Brasileiro – Brazilian Mastiff 
  • Czechoslovakian Wolfdog 
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Tosa Inu

Turkey

Turkey have classified the following breeds below as dangerous. And do not accept or permit the import of theses dogs.

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Rottweiller
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Spanish Mastiff
  • Dogue de Bordeux,
  • Roman Fighting Dog
  • Bandog Tosa Inu
  • Mastiff
  • Tibetan Mastiff

Canada

Currently in Manitoba and Ontario within the city of Winnipeg there is a ban on these’s breeds listed below, but there are still group’s of people calling for the law to be based on behaviour and focus more on responsible ownership. So maybe one day they will lift the ban.

  • Staffordshire bull terrier
  • American Staffordshire terrier
  • American pit bull terrier
  • Pit bull terrier
  • Or any dog that has an appearance or physical characteristics

Bermuda Islands

Since 2003 the Following breeds listed below are prohibited from entering the country can not be imported to Bermuda.

  • Akita Inu
  • American Bulldog
  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Australian Dingo
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Boerboel
  • Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Bullmastiff
  • Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  • Cane Corso
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Danish Broholmer
  • Tosa Inu
  • Mastino Neapolitano
  • Great Dane
  • Dogo Canario
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Rottweiler 

Australia

The following dog breeds below are considered dangerous and banned from import and prohibited from entering the country.

  • Japanese tosa
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Pit bull terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • American pit bull terrier
  • Presa Canario

Singapore

In Singapore any dogs that are classified as dangerous will be prohibited from entering the country. If theses dogs already live there they are required to be sterilised after certain age.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Boerboe
  • Tosa
  • Akita

Romania

In 2002 the country introduced a restriction on theses breeds below.

  • American Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Riesenschnauzer
  • German Shepherd
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Dogo Canario
  • Boerboel
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz

New Zealand

New Zealand’s Dog Control Act prohibits the import of dangerous dogs to enter the country. These’s restrictions are in place to protect the general public and other animals. 

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Brazilian Fila
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa

Holland

The following dog breeds listed below are considered dangerous and are prohibited from entering the country.

  • American Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Or any cross breeds

Poland

In Poland it’s forbidden to bring any of the potentially dangerous breeds listed below into the country.

  • American Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Tosa Inu.

Iceland

In Iceland any digs that are classified as dangerous breeds listed below will be prohibited from entering the country.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino (Argentine Mastiff)
  • Fila Brasileiro (Brazillian Mastiff)
  • TosaInu

Malaysia

The following dog breeds listed below are not permitted and are forbidden to enter the country.

  • American Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull
  • American Bulldog
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero.
  • Akita

So that’s my list of Which countries that don’t allow dogs if your dog is not in any of the list’s above then you should be fine to travel to any of these’s countries.

Also.. If you haven’t got one already, I highly recommend getting your dog a passport, there are some countries that won’t allow dogs to enter unless you have one, Having a passport for your dog will save you a’lot of trouble later on down the road, if your not sure what the requirements are I’ve recently written an article about this very topic click HERE to read it.

Hi! My name’s mike I’m a part-time blogger, married and live in the UK. I was raised with dogs throughout my life, and consider myself very experienced when it comes to pets. So I've created this website with useful tips and general travel advice regarding dogs.