Are bull terriers banned? A Comprehensive Guide

List of banned dog breeds in Puerto Rico

Since 1998 is prohibited the importation, sale, possession and breeding of dogs, obtained by crossing Bulldogs and Terriers, and their hybrids.

Dogs banned in Australia:

Are bull terriers banned?

The following pure breeds cannot be imported into Australia under the legislation of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
  • Domestic/non domestic hybrids (e.g. dog-wolf crosses) are also prohibited. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Czechoslovakian wolfdog or Czechoslovakian Vlcak
  • Saarloos wolfdog or Saarloos wolfhound
  • Lupo Italiano or Italian wolfdog
  • Kunming wolfdog or Kunming dog.
  • Dogs banned in Israel:

    Are bull terriers banned?

    Israel considers the following dog breeds to be dangerous:

  • American Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Am staff)
  • Bull Terrier
  • Duguay Argentine (Dogo Argentino)
  • Japanese peafowl (Tosa)
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Stapp English) (Staffordshire bull terrier) (Staffie)
  • Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Brazilian filet (Fila brasileiro)
  • Rottweiler
  • The above listed dog breeds can enter into the country, only if it completes the following:


    A license for the importation of a dangerous dog shall not be given unless it has been proven to the satisfaction of the director that the following provisions have been met:

  • The dog’s owner is above eighteen years of age;
  • The dog’s owner has presented a certification signed by a veterinary doctor certifying that the dog has been either sterilized or neutered;
  • The dog has been in his owner’s possession for at least eighteen months prior to the importation date.
  • Written Request

    The person requesting the license to import a dangerous dog must submit a written request – signed, and with all the details being filled in, together with payment for the fee – no less than twenty days before the dog is shipped from the country of origin to Israel.

    The request shall be addressed by mail to the Chief Veterinary Doctor for Import and Export at the Veterinary Services and Animal Health, P.O. Box 12, Beit Dagan, Zip Code 20250, or via fax (03-9688963 or 03-9605194).


    The request must be accompanied by a copy of the dog’s owner’s I.D card with the date of birth in clear sight, by a certification signed by a veterinary doctor certifying that the dog was either sterilized or neutered and a deposition signed by an attorney which shall include:

  • The details of the dog’s owner and his address in the country of origin,
  • His address in the State of Israel,
  • A declaration that the dog has been either sterilized or neutered,
  • A declaration that the dog has been in his owner’s possession for at least eighteen months prior to the planned time of importation.
  • Translation

    In case the documents are not in Hebrew or English, A notarized translation to one of these languages must be added.

    Failure to Comply

    The Importer of a dangerous dog who did not follow the provisions specified in the aforementioned article will be sentenced to six month imprisonment.


    Some countries won’t allow specific breeds or cross mixes to enter. Bummer! Take a look at this list of banned breeds by country, and learn if there are ways around it (hint: there sometimes is!) before you plan your next international trip.