Illegal Dogs – TOP 10 Most Banned Dog Breeds In The World!

Illegal dogs are considered unpredictable and dangerous. Of all dog breeds, I pointed out TOP 10 most banned dog breeds in the world.

Why most banned?

Many of the world’s countries have outlawed their breeding or at least imposed restrictions on keeping them because they believe they are dangerous.

Is that true?

Now let’s take a look at the list of the top 10 most banned dog breeds in the world.

TOP 10 Most Banned Dog Breeds In The World

TOP 10 most banned dog breeds in the world

Banned dogs also found their place on various lists of the most popular and most powerful dogs.

Not uncommonly, you can also find them in lists of the deadliest ones. What do you think; are these dog breeds truly that dangerous?

Top 10 most banned dog breeds in the world:

10. The Boerboel

The South African Mastiff Boerboel mostly works in protection due to its strength and excellent guarding characteristics (check livestock guardian dogs).

Boerboels will protect their loved ones until their last breath.

Boerboels are:

  • self-confident,
  • dominant,
  • intelligent,
  • territorial,
  • obedient.

They are outlawed or restricted in France, Switzerland, Bermuda, Malaysia, and many other countries.

9. The Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiffs are a large, ancient, highly protective dog breed.

In Roman times, they fought battles in the Colosseum for the audience’s amusement. Today, they often serve as house guards.

Neapolitan Mastiffs are:

  • protective,
  • dominant,
  • fearless,
  • stubborn.

They are either banned or restricted in Denmark, Singapore, Romania, Bermuda, Ukraine, Belarus, and some U.S. states.

8. The Presa Canario

Dominant and suspicious, the Presa  Canario is another breed that finds itself widely banned. These large and rare dogs require early socialization and obedience training.

Presas are:

  • dominant,
  • suspicious,
  • strong,
  • gentle,
  • calm.

This dog breed is outlawed or restricted in Italy, Ukraine, Belarus, Bermuda, Australia, and other countries.

7. The Rottweiler

One of the world’s favorite dog breeds, the Rottweiler nonetheless finds itself outlawed in many places.

Rottweilers are:

  • self-confident,
  • good-natured,
  • fearless,
  • obedient,
  • attentive,
  • calm,
  • brave.

Despite their popularity, they feature in many lists of the most dangerous and deadliest dog breeds.


Since the early 1980s, more than 120 people have been mauled to death by rottweilers in the U.S. alone. The number of victims who were left disfigured is far greater.

And for their placement…

on the list of the most banned dogs, they have many countries to thank, namely Israel, Spain, France, Romania, Bermuda, Portugal, and others.

6. The Dogo Argentino

The Dogo Argentino is yet another well-liked and stalwart dog breed.

They’re not known for being friendly, which has led to many countries imposing restrictions on their ownership.            

The Argentine Dogos are:

  • protective,
  • cheerful,
  • tolerant,
  • polite,
  • loyal.

They have been outlawed or had their ownership restricted in Spain, Italy, Norway, Israel, Portugal, Singapore, New Zealand, Turkey, the U.K.,…

…and many other countries.

5. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terrieris unusually strong for its size and makes for an incredibly faithful family dog.

While they love children, they act rather unfriendly toward other dogs and animals.

Staffords are:

  • dependable,
  • fearless,
  • polite,
  • smart,
  • brave,
  • loyal.

The English Staffordshire Bull Terriers have restrictions in Germany, Spain, Ireland, France, Romania, Switzerland, and other countries.

4. The American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers are generally well-liked and athletically built, not unlike their British counterparts.

Unfortunately, they are just as sought-after for use in illegal dog fights.

American Staffordshire Terriers are:

  • friendly,
  • devoted,
  • attentive,
  • brave,
  • strong,
  • loyal.

They are a forbidden or restricted breed in plenty of countries, namely Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, Portugal, Bermuda, Israel, Norway, Spain, Denmark, Germany, etc.

Coming up are the top 3 most commonly banned dog breeds in the world.

3. The Fila Brasileiro

I’ve already mentioned in a few videos that the Fila Brasileiro is generally considered the least obedient mastiff.

They have a…

…stocky build and harbor no great love for anyone. That goes double for strangers and other animals.

Brazilian Mastiffs are:

  • fearless,
  • decisive,
  • brave,
  • loyal.

They are either restricted or outlawed in countries such as the U.K., Norway, Malta, Cyprus, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Israel, Australia, etc.

2. The American Pit Bull Terrier

We can’t forget to mention the American Pit Bull Terrier.

A very well-known breed, they have a deadly reputation and are among the top choices for illegal dog fights.

American Pit Bull Terriers are:

  • friendly,
  • polite,
  • obedient,
  • smart,
  • attentive,
  • strong,
  • loyal.

Pit Bull Terriers are outlawed or restricted in Germany, Denmark, Spain, the U.K., Ireland, France, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, and many other countries.

And finally, the most widely banned dog breed in the world.


1. The Tosa Inu

The Japanese Fighting Dog Tosa is the most widely outlawed dog breed in the world. They are a rare sight but are still used in dog fights in Japan…

…even today.

The Tosa originated through crossbreeding with European dog breeds, resulting in their large size and strength.

Tosas are:

  • suspicious,
  • fearless,
  • smart,
  • aggressive,
  • sensitive,
  • brave.

Considered highly aggressive, they’ve earned themselves a ban in a large number of the world’s countries.

Those countries include…

…the U.K., Australia, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Tunis, Germany, and many more.


…of the world’s countries believe that certain dog breeds are dangerous, no matter their popularity.

As a result, they…

  • outlaw the breeding
  • or restrict ownership

…of these dogs.

Illegal Dogs

Illegal dogs

These illegal dogs possess all kinds of traits, but most often, it is their sheer strength and protectiveness that make them dangerous when they fall into an inexperienced owner’s hands.

Do you know of any other widely banned dog breeds?

In the previous part, you could see the top 10 most banned dog breeds in the world and now follows the short overview.

Most illegal dogs to own are:

  1. Tosa Inu.
  2. American Pit Bull Terrier.
  3. Fila Brasileiro.
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier.
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
  6. Dogo Argentino.
  7. Rottweiler.
  8. Presa Canario.
  9. Neapolitan Mastiff.
  10. Boerboel.

If you know of any other dog breed make sure to leave a comment below. Any other thoughts or suggestions are also always welcome.

Will you?

Final Words

In this article, you could see the list of the top 10 most banned dog breeds in the world. This list is made by research.

I know that there are many other dog breeds.

However, I pointed out the most illegal ones. Why illegal? Illegal dogs are banned because they are considered highly unpredictable and potentially dangerous.

Wanna see more lists?

I hope you enjoy the list and I hope you will enjoy reading them too.

About Author:

I'm a dog food judge. I specialize in examining dog food nutrition so that I can recommend you food that will preserve your dog's health and extend his life. Good food will help you prevent dog health problems like obesity, diabetes, pancreatitis, gastroenteritis, nutritional imbalance, and many others. Also, by preventing serious illnesses you won't have to pay huge veterinarian bill later.

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