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Banning Aggressive Dog Breeds from International Import

Banned Dogs in UK

Planning a trip with your Pit Bull? Relocating to a foreign country with your Rottweiler? You had better know the rules on entering a country with an aggressive breed of dog. The consequences for your pet could be pretty severe.

There is no disputing the fact that traveling with a pet has become a more popular trend in recent years. Countries that value tourism as well as airlines that value additional revenue have made it easier for the pet owner to see the world with their pet. Yet, even with the emergence of in-cabin priviledges and more careful cargo handling, comes the increased enforcement of certain rules regarding the movement of aggressive types of dogs.

Recently, Colombia has tightened up its ban on the import of aggressive dog breeds. For those people who travel with dogs commonly classified as aggressive, it is very important to become very familiar with immigration restrictions of the country to which you are traveling with your pet. Many countries in the worlda, ban the import of certain aggressive breeds of dogs. Despite the fact that the country may not ban aggressive breeds, some states, cities and provinces do. Some countries have expanded the embargo to as many as 15 different breeds of dogs. Norway is another country that has published a list of banned aggressive dog breeds.

Some countries such as Germany will allow aggressive breeds to visit for up to 4 months. Some countries such as Croatia will not even allow aggressive breeds to transit the country on their way to their destination. Some countries such as the UK will allow aggressive breeds wanting to locate to the country to be evaluated and meet other requirements before registering to live in the country.

When countries ban aggressive breeds, it also means that the airlines who serve those countries must ban the breeds as well. Airlines will not carry a pet into a country when the pet does not have the proper immigration forms or is on the banned breed list. The consequences of ignoring this list can be distressing at the least and disasterous at the worst. Should a dog on the banned breed list make it to immigration, in most cases it will be returned to the originating country at the owner's expense; however, in some cases, the animal will be put down.

If you are the owner of a dog on the following list, you need to take extra precautions that the country to which you are traveling will accept your pet. Keep in mind that these aggressive dog bans, in many cases, are not based on any restrictions put on the pet (i.e. that they will be muzzled while in public,) or the fact that they are a mixed breed. If your dog even resembles one of these breeds or behaves in any way aggressively during the immigration process, there is a chance that your pet will not be accepted in your destination country. A saavy pet traveler will know the law beforehand so they will have no disappointments at the customs desk.

Here is a list of common breeds that are banned in many countries worldwide:

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Bullmastiff
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogo de Burdeos
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Mastin Napolitano
  • De Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Tosa Japones
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