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11 Dog Breeds Banned or Restricted In UAE (United Arab Emirates)

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Dogs Banned in UAE

Dogs Banned in UAE

Dog breeds banned in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dogs have been our most loyal friends for centuries, and are known for their honesty and unconditional love, but still some breed of dogs has been banned in many countries. Every country has breed-specific legislation (BSL) to ban specific breeds that are identified as being potentially dangerous in public places or used for illegal activities like dog fighting. Or often the dog breeds identified as "aggressive." Of course, this is debatable, are banned or restricted. You cannot pet these dog breeds, or a mix of these breeds, or other varieties of these dog breeds, and you can't import them from any other country.

Why are certain breeds of dogs banned in other countries?

All countries analyze dog breeds according to breed-specific legislation (BSL), and dog breeds that fall into the category of "Dangerous dog breeds", are banned or restricted in that country

5 Common Reasons for Breed-Specific Legislations (BSL)

There are a number of reasons why some countries feel they must ban a specific dog breed.

  1. Dog Bite Statistics Report: The dog breed, which are considered aggressive and most damaging bites.
  2. Tendency Toward Aggression: Breeds that have a tendency to attack people/other dogs or those that can be a risk to public safety.
  3. Used for Illegal Activities: Some excellent breeds are unfortunately used for illegal activities like dogfighting and are, therefore, banned.
  4. Rare or Unrecognized Breeds or Wolf Hybrid Dogs: In many countries, cross breeds or mutts are banned because people believe they have unpredictable behavior. If a certain breed is banned, mixing it with a legal breed will also make the mixed dog illegal.
  5. Poor History: Dogs that have poor health or behavior records are banned. In specific countries with extreme weather, specific dogs that will not do well in the climate will not be allowed to live there.
The list of dogs that are not welcomed in UAE

The list of dogs that are not welcomed in UAE

The 11 Dog Breeds that are Prohibited in UAE

Find the list of eleven dog breeds that are identified to "dangerous dog breeds" category, and they are banned in UAE.

  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)
  • Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Wolf hybrids

Let's take a closer look at each country's restrictions.

American Bully

American Bully

1. American Bully

The American Bully is a relatively new dog breed, native to America. This dog is not recognized by AKC (American Kennel Club), but recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club since 2004, and by the United Kennel Club since July 15, 2013.

American Bully Dog was developed as a companion dog, by mixing between an American Staffordshire Terrier and other Bull and Terrier dog breeds. Which is basically a wonderful family dog with a laid-back personality, but its an aloof and reserved dog and if not well trained and socialized at an early stage it can be aggressive and dominant.

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier

2. American Pit Bull Terrier

Pit Bull Terrier is a hybrid dog breed that was developed in the United States in the late nineteenth century, by mixing between an English Bull and Terrier dog (Mix between Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs) with American Bully type dog. It's recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA), but not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a medium sized, short coated, broad chested, muscular dog from terrier dog breed category of dogs, also known as Staffordshire Fighting Dog, Bull Baiter Dogs, Yankee Terrier and Rebel Terrier. The American Pit Bull Terrier is an aloof and reserved dog that had got the bad reputation to be aggressive and dominant, due to back door breeders and bad training to participate in a dog fight. This dog was developed as a working and companion dog that need an experienced owner, good training and early socialization.

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

3. American Staffordshire Terrier

American Stafford shire terrier dogs are native to the USA, and also known as Staffy, Staffie, Stafford, Staff, Am Staff, Amstaff, American Staffy, and Stafford dogs. This is basically a hybrid dog breed that was developed in the nineteenth century, in England by mixing between “English Terriers and English Mastiff dogs”.

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American Stafford shire terrier dogs are strong, muscular, energetic and sturdy dogs which are reserved, and very protective of their family and owner. And if not, well trained, then they can be aggressive and violent towards other pets and strangers.

Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)

Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)

4. Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)

The Argentinian Mastiff dog is a large, white, muscular, sturdy dog, native to Argentina. This dog breed was developed in 1928 for big-game hunting, including wild boar, and protect its human companion. The Argentinian Mastiff dog is also known as Argentine Dogo, Dog Argentina, or Dogo Argentinho, which was developed by mixing between a Cordoba Fighting dog with many other dog breeds that include Great Dane, Dogue de Bordeaux, Pointer, Bull and terrier etc.

It is a very combative, strong and dedicated dog which is used in many places in the sport of dog fighting. And some dogs of this breed, which were trained to participate in a dogfight, developed aggressive and dominant instincts. Who were aloof and suspicious not friendly with other dogs and other pets.

Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)

Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)

5. Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)

The Fila Brasileiro is a large, powerful, mastiff dog with a broad head, powerful muzzle, and brindle or fawn coat, native to Brazil. It was developed to be a hunting dog, and a ranch and plantation dog, and also known as Brazilian Mastiff.

This is a brave, determined, strong, and courageous dog that was used in dog fights and banned in many countries.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

6. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher dogs are large, sturdy, powerful, fearless and intelligent dog from the hound category of dog breeds, originated in Germany. They are very loyal and obedient companions that make good family pets, and their dedication to their owners is unmatched. These qualities make them one of the most in-demand breeds in the world.

The Doberman Pinscher is known as "one man's dog", which is aloof, suspicious and highly protective to its owner and family, some dogs can be aggressive and dominant. This need firm training and early socialization.

Japanese Tosa

Japanese Tosa

7. Japanese Tosa

The Japanese Tosa is a giant, powerful, brave dog, originate from Tosa-Wen (Tosa Bay) in the Kochi Prefecture area of the Japan. It's an ancient dog breed that has presence in history since the 11th century and also known as Japanese Tosa, Tosa-Inu, Tosa-Ken, Japanese Mastiff ·The Japanese Tosa dog was originally bred as a fighting dog and is the only breed still used in Japanese dog fighting and prohibited in many countries.

Presa Canario

Presa Canario

8. Presa Canario

The Presa Canario is a large, powerful mastiff type dog, native to Spain that has powerful muzzle, and brindle coat, and look very similar to Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro), and also known as Canary Mastiff or Canary Dog or Dogo Canario.

The Presa Canario dog was bred to participate in dog fights, guarding and herding in Spain's Canary Islands. This breed was almost extinct and modern Presa Canario dogs are developed after 1950s by mixing the existing mix breed Presa Canario dogs with mastiffs and other dog breeds.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler

9. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a medium-to-large or large sized dog, native to Germany, that was known in German as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers' dogs. Because, it was bred to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat to market.

The Rottweiler is a powerful, courageous and a dominant dog breed, which is most popular dog breeds in the U.S. and all over the world. But this is an aloof and reserved dog that must be well trained and socialized at an early stage, otherwise can be aggressive towards other dogs and strangers.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

10. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier dogs are a short-haired terrier of medium sized, British dog and also known as Staffy, Staffie, Stafford, and Stafford dogs. Its an agile, muscular, companion dog from terrier category of dogs, which is known for unconditional love and devotion. But Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog must be properly trained and well socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult. Also, this is an athletic and energetic dog that needs daily exercise to burn calories, otherwise it can be destructive.

Wolf Hybrid Dogs

Wolf Hybrid Dogs

11. Wolf Hybrid Dogs

Wolfdogs are the hybrids between domestic dog and wolf that can be described as “wolf like a dog” or “dog like a wolf”. Though the dogs are descendants of wolves that were domesticated thousands of years ago, but now wolf and dogs are not exactly comparable and wolves are much smarter and intelligent and bigger than dogs. Also, they have many powerful bites and better smell senses.

But wolves have very high prey drive and they are not loyal and obedient like dogs. There are many examples, when these domesticated wolf dogs or hybrids dogs attacked on other pets and small kids and other pets. Wolf Hybrid Dogs are not predictable and not reliable with kids and other pets, and banned in many countries.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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