Banning Aggresive Dog Breeds from International Import

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 Aggresive 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 Aggresive types of dogs.

Recently, Colombia has tightened up its ban on the import of Aggresive dog breeds. For those people who travel with dogs commonly classified as Aggresive, it is very important to become very familiar with immigration restrictions of the country to which you are traveling with your pet. Almost all countries in the world, with the exception of the United States and Canada, ban the import of certain Aggresive breeds of dogs. 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 Aggresive dog breeds.

This also means that the airlines who serve those countries must ban the breeds as well. Last year, Continental Airlines changed their policy regarding banned dog breeds. 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 Aggresive 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 Aggresively 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 breeds that are banned in many countries worldwide:

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

Normally, these lists are kept by the Department of Agriculture in the country you are visiting. If you need additional information on traveling to a specific country with your pet and it is included on the list of Aggresive breeds, send an email to or post your question to our blog at