Question and Answer - Q651


What type of dogs are illegal to own?


Under the Dangerous Dogs Act, it is illegal to own certain breeds. These are; a pit bull terrier type, a Japenese Tosa type, Dogo Argentino type and a Fila Braziliero type.

it is also against the law to sell, abandon, give away or breed from a banned dog.

Any person that owns a dog that is trained/bred to be aggressive or used it as a weapon to intimidate people can face a high prison sentence.

If it is alleged that a dog is of a type which is prohibited it is presumed to be the case until the owner can prove otherwise; they can do this at their own expense.

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