Boston terriers are illegal in some areas.
Illegal dogs include any breed of dog that is considered especially cruel and dangerous to the general public, in respect of which a law has been passed restricting them in some way. There are no national laws that classify certain dogs as illegal. There are several state, county, and county laws that restrict or prohibit ownership of certain dog breeds. Breeds that are often banned include the pit bull terrier and the wolf dog.
Mastiffs are illegal in some areas.
Dog breeds are declared illegal through breed-specific legislation. Race-specific legislation means that there is a law that restricts a specific race in some way. These laws are usually enacted when a particular breed of dog is believed to be especially dangerous and pose a risk to public welfare. This can involve anything from a specific dog breed that needs to wear a muzzle in public, or that certain breeds are spayed or neutered. It can go so far as to forbid ownership of certain races.
A Labrador Retriever, which is illegal in some areas.
Pit bull terriers are often declared illegal dogs. They were historically bred for fighting and today are often used in illegal dog fights. Pit bulls are also frequently involved in dog attacks. This breed is banned in Denver, Colorado and Ohio requires all pit bull owners to have $100,000 in insurance and always keep their dogs properly vetted.
A dog bred with a wolf may be illegal or restricted in many areas.
Wolfdogs are another often restricted type of dog. Wolfdogs are the product of any domestic dog bred with a wolf. Many are concerned that these dogs are still wild and don’t have enough domesticated traits to be safe around humans. They are often considered wild animal hybrids and in some areas are subject to any legislation dealing with wild animals.
Although pit bull terriers and wolfdogs are illegal dogs in some areas, these are not the only restricted breeds. There are over 70 different dog breeds that are subject to breed-specific legislation in the United States. Many of these breeds were used as fighting dogs, but others were not. Some of these illegal dogs include the spitz, labrador retriever, rottweilers and the Boston terrier.
There is significant controversy over breed-specific legislation. Many believe that because certain dog breeds were bred to fight, they are naturally more aggressive and prone to attacking humans. Others believe that a dog’s aggression is a learned behavior from irresponsible or abusive owners rather than an inherent characteristic of certain breeds. These advocates also point out that race-specific legislation encourages negative stereotypes around certain races, which encourages their neglect and abuse.