New Dangerous Dogs Regulations in Denmark

UPDATE: This Dog Act has been amended and the list of banned dog breeds has been changed. Currently, Norway will not permit the import of the following breeds, their crosses or any mixes that resemble the breed: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Fila Brasilerio, Toso Inu, Dogo Argentino, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.

Denmark recently passed a ban on 13 breeds of dangerous dogs: Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu, American Staffordshire, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerbel, Kangal, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Caucasian Ovtcharka, Southern Russian Ovtcharka, Tornjak and Sarplaninac.

Although each member of the EU has bans on certain types of dangerous dogs, this is one of the most specific and extensive lists issued to date. It appears that many countries are becoming aware of liabilities involved in the import of these breeds.

Pet owners of breeds that have been characterized as dangerous dogs need to be aware of these restrictions when they travel with their pet.


New Dangerous Dogs Regulations in Denmark — 9 Comments

  1. Martin – this post was based on an amendment to Denmark’s Dangerous Dog Law originally passed in 1998. The regulation allows for an amendment of the law to change the included breeds as reports of dog incidents and bites become available. Studies such as this one,, support your point. The current law can be found here:

  2. What statistics are you referring to? A lot of the breeds on this list are wonderful around children. If a wild dog goes berserk, or one with an owner, 9 out of 10 times the dog will have been abused. I have an Amstaff and we’ve been attacked by golden retrievers and Shibas. You have to work with the owner, as well as the dog. Making the dog the problem sure is convenient, if you dont want to own up to the fact you cant control it.

  3. does anyone know the laws on emotional support dogs in Denmark? I have a pitbull/terrior mix that is my emotional support dog with all the proper paperwork from my physician and he has an EU passport. I feel like I’m in a grey zone. Can anyone help?

  4. Victor – Ontario Province strictly bans Pit Bull breeds. They are the only province in Canada to do that.

  5. My fiance and I adopted a American Stafford Shire pit bull at the SPCA IN Niagara falls New York my fiance lives in Niagara Falls New York she has thirty days to get rid of the dog or get evicted how can I bring her to Canada Ontario

  6. Terrible story. Having worked with animal for the past 20yrs I can honestly form my educated opinion, it is the owners, not the dog! Disgusting that the authorities it seems did not take into consideration.

  7. when will people get it. its not the breed but the person at the end of the lead! The only dangerous animals are HUMANS!!!

  8. The thing is, the Danes DO get it. It is most certainly the breed — and with this arms race going, finding ever more dangerous breeds to import and sell, we have to put a stop to it. Long live breed specific legislation, when enforced it saves the lives of many children and even more normal dogs.

    All legitimate statistics show that these breeds are more dangerous than others. Gad, when will you aggressive breeds freaks stop lying, tell the truth, and say you want your weapon-dogs anyway?

  9. When are people going to get it . . . It is not the breed–it is the individual dog! Every time there is a situation with a breed like a pitbull, the media runs with it. There are dog bites and dangerous situations everyday with all different breeds, but it is not sensationalized in the media. There are statistics that show these dogs are no more dangerous than any other.

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