Love Traveling? Countries to NOT Travel With Your Dog To

Two Dogs Hike in Los Angeles

So, you have decided to travel abroad.

Visiting a new country is like stepping into a new world with new sights, new sounds, news smells and tastes…it will be an experience you won’t ever forget!

Just like every other vacation you’ve taken, you plan on taking your best four-legged friend along for the journey.

However, going traveling to a new country isn’t like traveling to a new state. Some countries are potentially dangerous for dogs to visit. In fact, there are 28 countries that could be dangerous for your dog to visit.

Dog bans, restrictions and regulations upon ownership are different from country to country, leaving unknowledgeable travelers with a big dilemma. Immigration may prohibit you and your dog from entering the country, or worse, confiscate your beloved pooch!

So, before you pack a bag for Fido, check out which countries to not travel with your dog to.

Dogs in a Line in California

1. The Americas, Australia, and Oceania

New Zealand

Since 2003, dog breeds considered to be dangerous—American Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu, Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) and Dogo Argentino—are required to be muzzled, walked on short leashes, sterilized, microchipped and are prohibited upon importation.

Australia

Prohibits the importation of dangerous dog breeds and has restrictions upon dogs that are natural residents. These dogs include:

  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. Dogo Canario
  3. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  4. Pitbull Terrier
  5. Tosa Inu

Ecuador

Since 2009, Pitbull Terriers and Rottweilers are not allowed in the country.

Puerto Rico

The breeding, possession, sale and importation of restricted dogs—Bulldogs, Pit Bull Terriers and their hybrids—has been prohibited since 1998.

Venezuela

Breeding, sale and importation of Pit Bulls as well as mixes have been prohibited since 2014.

Canada

Although there are no nationwide dog bans in Canada, the provinces Manitoba and Ontario prohibit the ownership of Pitbull dogs. Surrounding provinces are required to have their Pitbull dog on a leash in public, wear a muzzle and be sterilized to remain in Canada.

United States

There is no federal law that restricts and bans dangerous dog breeds. However, there is a law prohibiting dog fighting and housing specific large dog breeds such as Rottweilers and Pit Bulls in U.S. army cantonments.

Ownership limitations vary from state to state including: insuring dogs for at least $100,000, warning signs of dangerous dogs on private residency and the age of the owner must be 21 years of age or older.

Pitbull Red Background

2. Europe (excluding Scandinavia)

Ireland

Ireland holds strict regulations on the ownership of eight different dangerous dog breeds and has since 1998. Dogs must be muzzled and walked on a short leash in public. The dog must be licensed and controlled by personnel over 16 years of age. These dogs include:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. English Bull Terrier
  3. Akita Inu
  4. Bullmastiff
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  7. German Shepherd Dog
  8. Rhodesian Ridgeback

United Kingdom

The Act of Dangerous Dogs has been put into place since 1991 and completed in 1997. This act states that four dangerous breeds of dogs—American Pitbull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) and the Tosa Inu—cannot be exchanged, purchased, sold or cultivated.

Dogs must also have a microchip, stamp, neutered, insured, registered and muzzled in public places. The entire country abides by this law except Northern Ireland.

Malta

In 1998, Malta restricted the keeping of dangerous dog breeds—Dogo Argentino, American Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu and the Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff).

Portugal

Portugal has a ban on seven different dog breeds:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff), Tosa Inu and the Pitbull.

Switzerland

Switzerland has banned 5 dog breeds and any dog sharing in as little as 10% of the bloodline of these 5 breeds. These breeds are the American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier and the Bandog.

Pit Bull Shelter Dog

Romania

Romania introduced a restriction on nine different dog breeds—American Pit Bull Terrier, Boerboel, Bandog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Tosa Inu, Mastino Neapolitano (Neapolitan Mastiff), and the Dogo Argentino –in 2002. Owners of these dog breeds must receive certification of judicial resolution and a certificate from a psychiatrist. They must also be over the age of 18.

Italy

Italy had banned 92 different dog breeds in 2003, but this list was shortened to 14 breeds in 2007. Today, no dogs are banned in the country of Italy. However, all dogs are required to wear a muzzle and be placed on a short leash when out in public. Italian law requires all dog owners to be aware of public safety and to follow dog laws.

Spain

The Royal decree placed in 2002 holds restrictions of nine separate dog breeds—the American Pitbull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Dogo Argentino, the English Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Rottweiler, the Akita inu, the Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff) and the Tosa Inu. Within this decree, dog owners must hold a license for housing any one of these dog breeds, hold no criminal records, be of legal age, hold liability insurance of 120 000 euros and be mentally/physically healthy.

Pit Bull Rescue in a Shelter

Germany

Germany has placed prohibition on four dog breeds the country finds dangerous since 2001. These breeds are the American Pitbull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the English Bull Terrier.

Poland

The country of Poland only holds restrictions on the Pitbull Terrier. Since 1997, this dog breed is required to be kept by precautious owners.  

France

France has restricted possession of eight different types of dog breeds and any dog carrying these bloodlines since 1999. These breeds include Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pitbull Terriers, dogs of the Mastiff type, the Tosa Inu, the Rottweilers and non-pedigreed Rottweilers and Tosa Inu.

Tosa Inu in Field with Yellow Flowers

3. Russia & Former Russia: Belarus, Ukraine, Russia

Belarus

Belarus adapted the Treatment of Animals Law in 2012 that states a list of requirements for potentially dangerous breeds of dogs. The law requires dog owners to be over the age of 18 to walk the dog, have certification of training the dog, obtain breeding records, always use a leash and muzzle in walks and must be in a fenced yard with clear warning of dangerous dog, or on a leash at all times.

The dog breeds Belarus refers to as dangerous include:

  1. Australian Boar Dog
  2. Ainu
  3. Akbash
  4. American Pitbull Terrier
  5. American Staffordshire Terrier
  6. Anatolian Karabash
  7. English Mastiff
  8. Belgian Mastiff
  9. Dogue de Bordeaux
  10. Pakistani Mastiff (Bully Kutta)
  11. Bullmastiff
  12. Bull Terrier
  13. Bandog
  14. East European Shepherd
  15. Gorski Hunting Dog
  16. Greek Sheepdog
  17. Doberman Vladika Roshini
  18. Doberman Pinscher
  19. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  20. Dogo Canario
  21. Kangal
  22. Cane Corso
  23. Kangaroo dog
  24. Komondor
  25. Karelian Shepherd Dog
  26. Berger du Languedoc
  27. Leopard hound
  28. Maremma and the Abruzzes Sheepdog
  29. Ca de Bou (Majorca Mastiff)
  30. Moscow Watchdog
  31. Mastino Neapolitano
  32. Great Dane
  33. German Shepherd Dog
  34. Pyrenean Mastiff
  35. Rafeiro of Alentejo
  36. Riesenschnauzer
  37. Rottweiler
  38. Romanian Shepherd
  39. Central Asian Shepherd dog
  40. Tibetan Mastiff
  41. Tosa Inu
  42. Uruguayan Cimarron
  43. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  44. Black Russian Terrier
  45. South-Russian Shepherd

The Ukraine

Since 1998, this country operates a dog breed restriction on more than 80 dogs. Civil liability insurance requires dogs to be muzzled and micro-chipped. Local legislation can make additional regulations when they see fit as it is allowed by the government.

Russia

Enforced the Responsible Treatment of animals Federal Law in 2011, recognizing several “dangerous” dog breeds. These breeds include:American Pitbull Terrier

  1. South African Boerboel
  2. Karelian Bear Dog
  3. Anatolian Karabash
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier
  5. Central Asian Shepherd
  6. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  7. Mixes of the above-mentioned breeds

In order to have these breeds, there is a mandatory registration and enforced rules prohibiting minors, elderly people, or people with disabilities from walking and housing these breeds.

Pitbull on Covers of Bed

4. Scandinavian Countries

Norway

Norway has banned six breeds of dog since 2004. If you are the owner of a Dogo Argentino, American Pitbull Terrie, American Staffordshire Terrier, Tosa Inu, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog or a Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff), don’t take your dog to Norway.

Finland

Finland holds restrictions on the ownership of all wolf-type dogs—hybrid canis breeds interbred with wolves—since 1999. This law does not include the Saarloos Wolfhond or the Czech Wolfdog.

Denmark

12 dog breeds are not allowed to be sold, cultivated or imported within Denmark since 2011. These dogs include:

  1. American Pitbull Terrier
  2. American Staffordshire Terrier
  3. American Bulldog
  4. Alabai
  5. Tosa Inu
  6. Kangal
  7. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  8. Tornjak
  9. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  10. South-Russian Shepherd
  11. Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog
  12. Mixes and hybrids of these breeds  

5. Singapore

Since 1991, dogs must be sterilized, insured for at least $100,000, muzzled and micro-chipped if found to be dangerous.

Pack of Dogs in Store

6. Bermuda Islands

Since 2003, the Bermuda Islands have banned 20 different breeds of dog.

  1. Akita Inu
  2. American Bulldog
  3. American Pitbull Terrier
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier
  5. Australian Dingo
  6. Dogo Argentino
  7. Boerboel
  8. Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier
  9. Bullmastiff
  10. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  11. Cane Corso
  12. Dogue de Bordeaux
  13. English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  14. Danish Broholmer
  15. Tosa Inu
  16. Mastino Neapolitano
  17. Great Dane
  18. Dogo Canario
  19. Tibetan Mastiff
  20. Rottweiler

7. Turkey

Turkey fines those found with or owning a dog within the list of banned dogs—Pitbulls and their mixes, Fila Brasileiros, Dogo Argentinos and Tosa Inus. Banned dogs are not allowed to be exchanged, advertised, purchased or sold.

German Shepherd on the Waterfront

 8. Israel

Since 2004, Israel has prohibited the importation of eight dog breeds:

  1. Dogo Argentino
  2. Pitbull Terriers
  3. Bull Terriers
  4. American Staffordshire Terriers
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  6. Rottweilers
  7. Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  8. Tosa Inu

English Bull Terrier

Every country has their own idea of which dog breeds are considered dangerous. In order to keep their public safe, these 28 countries have instituted laws, regulations, acts and restrictions to keep potential dangers out of their country.

So before you pack your bags, check with the country’s embassy and find out which restrictions, or bans that country follows.

For more travel help and information, go here and here. Also, Canada seems to be a great place for dog lovers.


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