Many countries around the globe have been participating in the ban of dogs that are considered to be aggressive. Over the years, experimentation with the domestication of dogs has included experiments in which forced interbreeding and medical testing continue. It isn’t surprising that some dogs that are the products of these tests, do not fit our conventional lifestyles and have been labelled as ‘too dangerous’ to fit into an ideal household. A ban on these dogs is an outdated and unfair legality but remains the norm in many countries, especially since there isn’t much of a hue and cry on the subject of removal of these bans. Certainly, a more benign side exists to the ban. As most of the dogs on this list are bred as fighting dogs, legislation to stop breeding reduces the likeliness of conducting this ugly sport. However, due to changes in legislature and so forth, it is unlikely that any more dogs will be added to the list, especially in the United States.
The Fila Brasiliero
The Fila Brasiliero is also known as the Brazilian Mastiff, and is bred in Brazil. This breed is large and quite strong, and known extensively for their superb abilities of tracking. He/she is mostly used as a working dog. Despite their beyond-average intelligence and their athleticism, this breed has been banned in quite a few countries, namely the U.K., Israel, Denmark, Norway, Malta and Cyprus. The aggressive nature may have been the cause of banning the Fila Brasiliero.
The Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute is a strong and deft dog bred in colder regions. Their thick fur and internal mechanisms protect them from the cold of the arctic regions. They’ve also featured in film and literature as brave and fearless. The breed has mostly been used for heaving heavy weights because of their endurance and perseverance. Their later domestication has led to several problems as they need a lot of exercise and function on a preying instinct. The breed has been banned in parts of the United States, like Iowa.
The Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman is a proud breed. They descend from a long line of strong and intelligent breeds like the Great Dane and/or the Rottweiler. They are known to be exceedingly loyal companions. Due to their strength, agility and alertness, they are mostly used as guard dogs. They fulfil this role expertly. Due to stereotypes, they have been labelled as aggressive and hostile, and also predatory. These dogs have thus been banned all around the globe.
The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
Contrary to their name, the Wolfdog is highly trainable and very obedient. The breed, however, was part of an experiment in mixing traits of a wolf with that of a more domesticated animal. Due to this hybridization, they retain their instincts and pack mentalities, but also the ability to track and an exceptional alertness. Most breeders, however, do not recommend it to families with susceptible little children, as these dogs have a very strong instinct to prey. While children aren’t necessarily seen by dogs as prey, they do have a nature that may bother the animal. This breed of dog is known to be fearless, exceptionally intelligent as well as brave, carrying out activities that require endurance and skill. These dogs are used in special operations in the military.
The Neapolitan Mastiff
The Neopolitan Mastiff or the Italian mastiff is an old, ancient breed known for its fearless nature and its devotion. The Mastiff is known to be a gentle giant in many places, as their size is rather impressive. They also have a very strong and very loyal protective instinct. A protective instinct is often the cause for aggression and hostility, and this exaggeratedly defensive stance may have led to the entire breed being banned in many countries, such as Singapore.
The Presa Canario
Originally bred for managing livestock, this Spanish breed is large and prone to aggressive tendencies. However, they are known for their alertness and speed. The breed made news after causing death of their owners, and this led to fear and paranoia. Being inherently dominant and suspicious, these dogs have been banned in the Australian sub-continent. Yet, owner and dog-lovers attest to the fact that they are intelligent, calm and gentle dogs.
The Pit Bull
For incomprehensible reasons, the Pit Bull is widely known as an aggressive dog. These breeds have often been associated with sports such as dog fights, largely due to cruel conditioning on the parts of the owners. However, a testimony against the traits of the iconic fighting dog such as aggression, are it’s beneficial effects in the workplace, especially in areas such as companionship, therapy, dogs for the handicapped, etc. They are also used in the military and the police departments, being strong, intelligent and good at tracking. However, the Pit Bull is banned in the UK, and certain states of the USA.
The Tosa Ken
This breed is of Japanese origin and till date, they are still bred for the purpose of fighting sports. The breed is tender and sensitive, as well as intelligent. They can, however, reach to a height of 32 cm, and an assimilated fear of fighting dogs leads to this breed being banned from United Kingdom, Trinidad & Tobago, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, New Zealand and Malaysia.
The Perro De Pessa Mallorquin
The Perro De Pessa Mallorquin is from the same descent as the Presa Canaro, and is of Spanish origin. It is a testament to humankind and its history of exploitation, that another one of the dogs on this list was originally bred as a fighting dog. Currently they are used as working dogs and show great skill at their jobs. With training, they become extremely obedient. They already were intelligent and unflinchingly loyal. Yet, they have been banned in parts of the United States.
The American Bull-Dog
The American Bull-dog is a commonly occurring breed that is known for its loyalty, its energy, as well as its confidence. Bred to be working dogs in many fields, they are also very obedient. Nonetheless, after they made the news for attacking a few of their owners and children, this breed of dog has been marked as dangerous and banned in many countries, such as Denmark and Singapore.
The Bandog is one such dog that does not have any distinct line of descendants. They are named Bandogs since the middle ages, and were used for protecting property. They were tied to a chain all day, and then released to assume some sort of reign of terror at night. Thus began their legacy as ferocious creatures. Many people also have the tendency to claim the breed as a bandog, as they are common. This leads to many of them being taken away. They are large and achieved through a series of experiments in the hybridization of terriers and mastiffs. These dogs are banned almost everywhere around the globe.
The Boerboel originated in South Africa, and was used mostly around the farm in herding livestock and protecting them from predators. The Boerboel is extremely protective, intelligent and affectionate towards children as well as other small animals. The Boerboel are brilliant guardians of the home and the household. They are, however, banned in Denmark.
The Dogo Argentino was conceived from an extinct breed of fighting dogs, the Corodoba. This dog continues to be used in games, for the purpose of man – to hunt, prey and fight. The Dogo, with some training, can be an excellent working dog. He/she is obedient, loyal, calm and alert. Yet, due to its history of fighting, and the inherent signs of aggression, the Dogo is banned in many countries, possibly more than ten.
The Dingo is a free-range dog found mostly in Australia. The Dingo,however, becomes quite tame when domesticated. Subsequent interbreeding with the other dogs has domesticated them even further. An example is the Red Cattle Dog. They are also rather affectionate and intelligent. They are, however, rather difficult to control when they’re in heat – considering that they are more independent than any other dogs. Dingoes, as pure-breds, are banned for domestication almost everywhere.
The Cane Corso
The Cane Corso is also called a ‘courting mastiff’, and is strong, confident, as well as athletic. The breed is also very energetic and requires some amount of care. The Corso outdoes all other terriers when it comes to skill, and requires a lot of attention. However, due to issues of public appearance and aggression, there have been many lawsuits and the dog has eventually been banned in certain parts of the United States of America.
Welfare societies across the globe (Humane Society, ASPCA) have always opposed this ban of certain breeds, based solely on their character traits and attributes where the data and research isn’t conclusive, as most of the bans are affected on the basis of reported accidents. The process of enforcing these laws of identification and removal is difficult, as more than half of the commonly occurring dogs do not have traits that can put them within a certain category of breeds, such as strays for example. But due to an inherent fear of untamed animals, dogs living with families have been neutered and muzzled, while the dogs without homes have been put down. The bans continue to persist in many countries.