ILLEGAL Dogs That Are BANNED Around The World!
From wolf-dog hybrids to powerful, sleek dobermans,
here are 12 Illegal dog breeds from around
A wolf dog is a hybrid mix between a domestic
dog and a wolf. Wolf hybrids are found in
the wild in many places across Europe and
There have been some cases where a domestic
dog somehow mixed with a wolf.
It is hard for experts to even tell them apart.
Hybrid puppies bred in captivity usually mix
a german shepherd with a gray wolf but there
are many varieties and people are attracted
to the wolf-like appearance of these dogs.
While they may be adorable as puppies, as
they grow up they feel the call of the wild,
and are not the right pet for everyone.
Depending on the degree of wolf a dog has,
they have can have behaviour and aggression
The Wolf Dog originally came from the Czech
Republic, and these dogs were great in the
cold temperatures and were often used by the
As close as wolves and dogs may seem, there
Dogs have been domesticated by humans for
thousands of years, while wolves are still
Humans must spend 24 hours a day with puppies
to make sure they are properly socialized.
Hybrid dogs are illegal in many states in
the US as well as Norway although some countries
allow them as long as they are at least 3
generations away from the wolf.
But almost always with a license.
Many owners don’t know what they are getting
into and end up giving the dog to a shelter
where they are usually euthanized within a
week because of their wild behavior.
There are several wolf sanctuaries around
the world trying to educate the public.
If you want a dog that looks like a wolf,
get a dog!
Bandogs were a type of dog bred for their
strength and ferocity by cross breeding aggressive
Also known as the American Bandogge Mastiff,
these dogs are known for their courage and
that they seem to feel no pain.
Historically these dogs were around during
the crusades from the 11th to 13 centuries.
It was used for hunting and bull baiting where
it would grab a bull by the ears if it needed
In more recent times, these dogs were used
as guard dogs and with their thick bone structure
and muscles, they were very intimidating and
seen as ferocious when provoked.
Despite this reputation they are known for
being friendly towards other animlas and dogs,
and are very protective of their owners.
So why are they banned?
Many people feel that unrestrained Bandogs
can cause more harm than good.
Add this to the fact that these canines are
really big, and heavy which can make them
Owners are often unable to control them and
these dogs will lash out at strangers if they
feel that they are a threat.
In order to not risk any incidents, especially
if you have neighbors, many countries around
the world have either restricted or completely
banned the Bandog.
Also known as the Brazilian Mastiff, these
guys are very large dogs.
Fila Brasileiro are also incredibly athletic
and are known for their excellent tracking
They were raised as guard dogs, hunting dogs-they
were hunting big game like jaguars!, and also
catching cattle by grabbing it by the neck.
This working dog seems like the perfect, loyal
pet and there is even an old Brazilian saying
that says “Faithful as a Fila”.
However, they hate strangers and being touched
They’re able to inflict a lot of damage on
people and property should they put their
minds to it.
Unless they are properly socialized, they
can be kind of scary.
And if you have other pets or need to take
this dog to the vet, you can have your hands
Because these dogs were bred for hunting large
prey, more recently people have been using
them for dog fighting.
To protect people and the dogs, countries
like the UK, Israel, Denmark, Norway, Malta
and Cyprus have all banned the Fila Brasileiro.
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These dogs are famous for being one of the
biggest dog breeds in the world!!
Neapolitan Mastiffs are rumored to go back
to at least 300 BC, when Alexander the Great
brought mastiffs to Greece.
When the Romans conquered Greece, they discovered
these dogs and crossed them with other large
dogs to make them even bigger.
These dogs were actually used as “war dogs”
during the days of the Roman Empire, and because
it’s the Romans, for entertainment as well
when they would battle it out against people
and other animals.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is very loyal, and
intelligent, and many people note that they
are very gentle with children.
They have been used over the centuries to
protect homes and their intimidating size
scares a lot of people.
Despite this history though, Singapore had
The country has a policy which does not allow
dogs into their country that have the potential
to harm people, and due to the Neapolitan
Mastiff’s nature of being a protector, that
So does pretty much every other dog on this
To own one in Romania, you have to pass a
In the States they are banned from many cities.
The Dogo Argentino is a is a large, white,
As its name suggests, this canine was bred
in Argentina for big game hunting, including
The Dogo Argentino are not naturally aggressive
canines and are very obedient and brave, willing
to protect their owners at whatever cost.
This dog is very athletic and has a loud bark,
but craves close, physical contact.
Because they were also often used and bred
for dog fights, they can be very aggressive,
especially with other dogs, and they can hunt
down your cat if you’re not careful.
They were bred to hunt in packs but if they
are not socialized or trained properly, they
can be very dangerous.
This breed is illegal or has serious restrictions
in the UK, Portugal, Ukraine, Denmark, Australia,
Japanese Tosa Inu
This dog is actually pretty rare.
It was bred as a fighting dog and can react
aggressively towards other animals but are
usually affectionate and calm with their own
They were extremely popular in the 1920’s
and 30’s but should be kept by themselves.
Any other pets you have might disappear!
While they are not supposed to be too aggressive,
they can snap so you have a major legal and
They are good for using in the sport of weight
Some Tosas can pull more than 3,000 pounds.
Not many people can handle a dog like that
which is why they are banned in countries
like the UK, Denmark, Malta, Norway, and many
In the US, if you have this dog, your insurance
company might cancel your homeowner’s policy
and if you’re not careful, you could easily
The (bur-bull) Boerboel were great guard dogs,
and were bred in South Africa to protect farms
and diamond mines.
They’re bred to be lean, muscular, and strong,
but they also have a loyalty to their masters.
Like many of the dogs on this list, they are
definitely not for first time dog owners!!
They are energetic and smart and seem to love
They should never be allowed to roam free
because they have a protective, territorial
They can become either very shy or very aggressive
without the proper socialization.
In South Africa, they were known for protecting
property not only from human intruders but
from baboons and leopards.
Like other “guard dogs”, they can be very
dominant and need a lot of training and dedication.
These giants have been banned in certain countries
including Denmark, Romania, Russia, Ukraine,
France, Malaysia, Qatar, Switzerland, and
Many people are afraid of the Doberman Pinscher
just by looking at it.
It is very muscular and sleek and is actually
a very modern dog.
The earliest examples came from 19th century
Germany and they quickly became very popular
in the United States.
They are usually black and tan and have a
docked tail and cropped ears, although more
recently some countries have outlawed this
Fun fact: The miniature pinscher is not a
miniature Doberman, the 2 breeds are not related.
Pinscher means “biter” in German so that
should be an indication as to their fierce
They were bred to protect their owners and
are fiercely loyal to those they know but
really aggressive to those they don’t.
Besides that, they were often photographed
with Nazi soldiers, so they got the reputation
of being evil.
Rottweilers also gained a similar reputation
and are banned for the same reasons.
They need a lot of exercise and attention
and can be very sweet and easygoing with the
They are very successful as police and military
dogs but because a lot of irresponsible people
want these dogs but are unable to handle them,
they are banned in many places around the
To many people the Alaskan Malamute is the
most beautiful dog breed in the world.
It is often confused with the Siberian Husky,
although they ARE cousins.
Many love them for their unique fur coat and
beautiful eyes but the truth of the matter
is that hidden beneath the surface is a personality
that can be problematic.
First and foremost, the Alaskan Malamute is
full of energy and people don’t always understand
They almost always want to play, and work
because they were bred for stamina and strength.
After all, just like Huskies, they were bred
to pull sleds in freezing temperatures over
They can also pull around 3000 pounds of weight!!
They need about 1.5-2 hours of exercise a
day and if they don’t get enough, you may
be in for some trouble.
Like many other dogs on this list they need
a firm and dominant owner because they have
a pack instinct and love to be a part of the
An important thing to know is that they don’t
do well in the heat and have a high prey drive.
They have a killer instinct and besides pulling
sleds, they were also bred to hunt seals and
polar bears so they don’t mess around.
They are not a breed for the lazy, or the
faint of heart.
And thus, Alaskan Malamutes are banned in
many parts of the world and severely restricted
in Iowa, Louisiana, and Michigan.
I’m sure you already knew this dog was coming
When it comes to “banned dog breeds”, Pitbulls
are usually the first breed that comes to
These dogs are very misunderstood and like
most dogs on the list, need owners who are
Pitbulls get a bad rep because they are frequently
in the media even though studies show they
are not disproportionately dangerous compared
to other breeds.
Pitbulls descend from bulldogs and terriers
and even mixed breed dogs that look like them
get labelled as pitbulls.
When baiting animals was outlawed in the 1800’s
people started fighting their dogs against
In modern times street gangs have often abused
the good nature of this dog, turning them
into monsters to intimidate others and to
Like other breeds, Pitbulls were bred as fighting
dogs and catch dogs because they were strong
enough to hold onto the heads of bulls and
They were also used as hunting dogs to get
boar and hogs.
A study was done about the most dangerous
breeds of dogs that attack humans, and Pitbulls
accounted for 45% of those attacks!
Like I said before, The sad thing is that
even dogs that are not pitbulls are labelled
Many of those reported attacks were on children.
In 2016, out of 31 dog bite related fatalities,
22 were reported to be from pitbulls.
They are one of the most banned breeds in
the world and insurance will not cover your
home or any bites if you have a pitbull.
American bulldogs are often confused with
In the US, especially in the South, the American
Bulldog is revered as a loyal helper dog,
but in most other places, people don’t like
them at all!!
On the plus side, The American Bulldog is
a very hard working dog.
They’re known as “farm dogs”, and they can
be relied upon to do all kinds of tasks.
They also have a very social nature, and they’re
very easily able to get people to warm up
to them, and show them affection.
When settlers arrived to the South, these
dogs were the only animals that could help
them deal with wild pigs and vermin running
They almost went extinct during WWII but were
revived and are now a popular pet.
However, owners need to be responsible and
train and socialize their dog from a young
Countries like Denmark, Singapore, and more
have banned them.
In their eyes, the Bulldog has a tendency
to be quite aggressive in completing their
They also can get into fights, and they fight
It is interesting to note that while countries
prohibit the American Pitbull Terrier, the
will allow the American Bulldog but sometimes
people will get in trouble anyway because
they look alike.
How do you measure how good or how bad a dog
The Presa Canario is a powerful dog and is
one of the most outlawed around the world.
Also known as the Canary Mastiff, this dog
has a thick and muscular body.
They were used in ancient times and would
protect cattle from wild dogs.
Between the 16th and 18th centuries, people
had a very difficult relationship with this
dog because they would also kill cattle or
do a lot of damage.
They were allowed to be hunted and then they
could only be owned by hunters or farmers.
They were also used for dogfighting until
As usual, they can be very loyal to their
owners and immediate family, but if you’re
They’re not going to hesitate to get up in
your face, or even attack you if necessary.
You may think that’s the worst of it, but
There have been many reports of them killing
both strangers, and their own owners.
Between 1982-2014, there were 111 attacks,
46 against children and 41 against adults.
18 people died and 63 had permanent injuries.
They have the reputation for being so wild
and aggressive, they actually have to be trained
to be nice, which is not something a dog owner
would want in their pet.
Countries around the world have banned the
Presa Canario for all of these reasons, likely
a case of “don’t risk it”.
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