Breed Specific Legislation

Breed Specific Legislation is a hot topic in the news at the moment and an issue that we at Pledge For Paws feel should be addressed. We’ll attempt to break down the legal mumbo-jumbo for you and summarise what really the issue is about:

So, what actually is Breed-specific legislation?

It’s generally laws which pertain to specific breeds (i.e. dog breeds)

Why has this been enforced?
Such laws have been enforced under the assumptions that these specific breeds are “vicious” or “dangerous”.

What does this include?
Many restrictions are enforced. Specific breeds are restricted; restrictions include those such as, they cannot be sold, given away or acquired. If they are in the possession of a home, they must be enclosed at all times and owners must post “Warning: Dangerous Dog” signs on their property. Local councils must also be informed that they are in possession of such a breed.

Who is involved?
Breeds that are specifically targeted by this legislation include:

  • American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
  • Japanese tosa
  • dogo Argentino
  • fila Brasileiro
  • any mentioned restricted dog by an authorised offer




2 thoughts on “Breed Specific Legislation

  1. Really informative post, thanks for breaking it down! Would be curious to read if there is any evidence to suggest that within these breeds there is a higher predisposition to possess aggressive traits or a tendency towards more violent behaviour in comparison to other dogs.


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