The information here comes from the Responsible Dog Owners Of The Western States (RDOWS) , which has just updated the list of breeds that have been banned or restricted in the U.S.
All you dog lovers out there may just be in for a shock. BSL - or breed-specific legislation and breed discrimination- isn't just for pitbulls or Rottweilers anymore.
The RDOWS has tracked a list of 75 breeds of dogs that have been banned or restricted - yep - that's Seventy-five. That's 75!
Just who or what is behind this breed ban frenzy?
Is your dog on the list of banned or restricted breeds?
Here's the deal...............
Media Frenzy Equals Breed Bans
But before we get to the list - the question I have is WHY is there a list to begin with?
And just who is pouring gasoline onto the fire, whipping up the flames of pit bull hysteria? Who or what is driving the onslaught of anti-dog legislation?
The answer? Your local paper, TV or radio station is - by publishing, posting or airing innacurate reports than use inflammatory language ("vicious" Rottweiler, "marauding" pitbulls, etc.)
Your local TV station is deliberately showing UNRELATED footage of dogfights supplied by the Humane Society of the United States, which seems to be to be pitching "aggressive breed" stories to network affiliates in Las Vegas, New York and other markets.
Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and is a totally separate issue from dog-on-human aggression. Yet - we have the HSUS deliberately mixing visual imagery and video of underground dogfights with the issue of dangerous dogs or dog bite prevention AND providing this footage to your local TV station, Nancy Grace, etc.
This is not journalisim - this is sensationalism. The question you all need to ask is WHY is HSUS pushing this footage out to media outlets????
Across the country - and indeed around the world - cities, counties and local town councils are busy banning or restricting breeds instead of punishing irresponsible behavior.
Here's what is happening:
- Breed bans - an outright ban on owning a specific breed of dog
- Breed-specific sterilization - owners are forced to spay or neuter animal
- Breed-specific measures that include mandatory registration in a database similar to a sex offender database, forced microchipping, forced containment or signage
- Breed-specific insurance requirements - forces owners to obtain the unobtainable "vicious" breed insurance - in reality this forces owners to surrender dogs or move
- Weight or size restrictions - banning dogs over an arbitrarily determined weight or size - as in Fairfield, Iowa where all dogs over 100 lbs are banned (St. Bernard, Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane, etc.)
BTW - your insurance company is happily waiting in the background too - waiting to exclude coverage of your dog, waiting to drop your policy, or waiting to outrageously raise your rates.
List of 75 Banned or Restricted Dogs
HOWAre Dogs Banned Or Restricted?
OK, dog lovers, here's what you need to know about this list. The dogs on the list have been banned or restricted by one of TWO ways:
- By Name: A local township has name the specific breed breed of dog in a local ordinance OR
- By Description: A local township has included that breed by description in an ordinance - such ordinances may read "any dog matching the the characteristics of being short-coated, with bulldog-type appearances - or having an appearance that includes a short, muscular type build, flat head, or being of a bulldog type"............ etc.
WHERE Are Dogs Banned Or Restricted?
This list means that SOMEWHERE in the US. , dogs on this list have been either banned or have had restrictions placed on owning such dogs, such as mandatory spay/neuter 0r mandatory microchipping, etc.
For anone reading this from OUTSIDE the U.S., the dogs listed below are not NOT UNIFORMLY banned/restricted across the entire U.S. This means that the breeds listed below are banned or restricted in different places around the U.S. , and that individual states, cities, counties or towns all make their own LOCAL LAWS - and those laws differ according to individual communities.
Also - it's important to note that the list includes even MIXES of these breeds.
If you have any questions about why these breeds are on the list, please contact Responsible Dog Owners Of The Western States (RDOWS) . So - without further ado, courtesy of the RDOWS, here is the list of 75 - count 'em - SEVENTY FIVE - banned or restricted breeds .....................
1. AIREDALE TERRIER
4. ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG
5. ALASKAN MALAMUTE
6. ALSATIAN SHEPHERD
7. AMERICAN BULLDOG
8. AMERICAN HUSKY
9. AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER
10. AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
11. AMERICAN WOLFDOG
12. ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD
13. ARIKARA DOG
14. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG
15. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
16. BELGIAN MALINOIS
17. BELGIAN SHEEPDOG
18. BELGIAN TURVUREN
19. BLUE HEELER
22. BOSTON TERRIER
23. BOUVIER DES FLANDRES
26. BULL TERRIER
27. BULL MASTIFF
28. CANE CORSO
29. CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG
30. CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD
31. CHINESE SHAR PEI
33. COLORADO DOG
34. DOBERMAN PINSCHER
35. DOGO DE ARGENTINO
36. DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
37. ENGLISH MASTIFFS
38. ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
39. ESKIMO DOG
40. ESTRELA MOUNTAIN DOG
41. FILA BRASILIERO
42. FOX TERRIER
43. FRENCH BULLDOG
44. GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
45. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
46. GREENLAND HUSKY
47. GREAT DANE
48. GREAT PYRANEES
49. ITALIAN MASTIFF
50. KANGAL DOG
53. KOTEZEBUE HUSKY
55. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
58. NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF
61. PRESA DE CANARIO
62. PRESA DE MALLORQUIN
65. SAARLOOS WOLFHOND
66. SAINT BERNARD
68. SCOTTISH DEERHOUND
69. SIBERIAN HUSKY
70. SPANISH MASTIFF
71. STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
72. TIMBER SHEPHERD
73. TOSA INU
74. TUNDRA SHEPHERD
75. WOLF SPITZ
How's that for scary? You're wide awake now, I bet.
What's a dog owner to do? For starters - BEFORE you move, buy or rent a home, wherever you are - be sure to check with the local city hall - NOT THE REALTOR - to find out about local dog laws and if any breed-specific measures are in place or are being considered.
But don't take city hall's word, either. Ask for a COPY of the local ordinance, and then ask your local city council rep if they support breed-specific laws or measures.
3 Step Plan T0 Stop Breed Bans
So, dog lovers - now that you know that much of dogdom is on the line, what are you going do do about it?
I say it's time to make the donuts. It's time for dog lovers of every dog, every breed, shape or size to come together to stop this Dog Holocaust.
We need to stand together, pull together - for united we stand, divided we fall - And if we fall, we may see the very dogs we love disappear forever from the face of the earth.
What can just one person do - how can you help?
Here's a simple, 3-step plan to help stop breed bans and other anti-dog legislation:
We all know its Deed, Not Breed, yet our politicians continue to ban dogs instead of focusing on responsible ownership.
Get out and VOTE in your next local or state election for the dog-friendly candidate of your choice.(Hint - candidates that support or voted for or breed-specific measures are NOT dog-friendly!) Tell your candidate that MY DOG VOTES! (That'll wake them up :-)
BTW - You can download a free copy of the My Dog Votes DOG-FRIENDLY CANDIDATE CHECKLIST HERE: Download MDV.DogFriendlyCandidateChecklist.pdf
2) DONATE TO THE REAL HEROES!
Give your hard-earned dollars to your LOCAL shelter, your LOCAL rescue. These are the people who do the real work and they don't get a dime from the Big Four.
While you're at it, STOP DONATING to the so-called "animal protection" organizations that directly or overtly support breed bans or other BSL, like PETA, or that covertly support BSL by deliberately misinforming and yes- scaring! the public by manipulating the media.
3) JOIN THE VIGIL!
Send you local legislators a powerful message in a very peacefull way. If you haven't already signed up for the 3rd Annual My Dog Votes Candlelight Vigil Against Breed Bans , here's the information below:
Join The Vigil!
To all dog lovers around the world, stand up for innocent dogs and take a stand against breed bans and other anti-dog legislation.
In 2005, over dog owners in 24 locations around the world joined the 1st My Dog Votes vigil. In 2006, dog owners in 57 locations around the world joined the 2nd My Dog Votes vigil, including 7 locations in China.
And now - this August you can help send a very powerful message in a very peaceful way to stop the slaughter of innocent dogs.
Join the 3rd Annual My Dog Votes Worldwide Candlelight Vigil Against Breed Bans on Sunday, August 19th at 8 PM.
By taking part in this vigil which literally spans the globe, you can can tell the world to stop killing innocent dogs.
No matter where you live, no matter which breed or mix of dog you own, stand up for innocent dogs & innocent dog owners.
Join us to Light A Candle, Save A Life
Sign up today - and then send this post to every dog lover you know.
Email your name & location to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for standing up for innocent dogs.