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Breed Specific Legislation

Updated on November 30, 2009

What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)?

BSL targets specific dog breeds, which have been labeled as "dangerous". Ordinances are being passed in the forms of banning that breed in specific towns or cities, higher insurance policies for owners of these breeds, or requirements of special licenses to house such breeds of dog. This issue usually comes to light when there is a dog bite or attack that the media gets hold of. These attacks have occurred due to a variety of reasons: organized dog fighting, responses of dogs to mistreatment, dogs acting as attack or guard animals, or the unexpected, random neighborhood altercation

The problems with BSL, as I see it, are that it does not educate people on these breeds, or proper dog care in general, and it does not prevent dog bites. It raises the financial burden on shelters, taxpayers, animal control agencies, and tears families apart. Responsible owners and families have had their pet euthanized or have been forced to move in order to keep their family together because of BSL.

Do They Look "dangerous"?

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chow chow
alaskan malamute
alaskan malamute
"pitt bull"
"pitt bull"

Tergeted Breeds

  • American Pitt Bull

  • Terrier American Staffordshire

  • Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • Rottweiler

  • Dobermans

  • Bull Mastiff

  • Chow Chow

  • German Shepherd

  • Akita

  • Boxer

  • Bulldog

  • Alaskan Malamute

The Great American Pitt Bull Terrier

A Need For Education

I do believe that non-breed specific dangerous dog laws need to be enforced. I strongly disagree with the decision to ban or segregate specific breeds and call them all dangerous, just because of their breed. Problem dogs are much like problem children. The problem does not lie in their bloodline-it lies in the raising, teaching, and training of the dog!

All BSL has done is saved us from having to address the core problems - irresponsible, ignorant dog owners, bad breeders, criminals, and an uneducated public.

What Can Be Done?

Suggestions of what can be done to stop BSL, and bring the good name of these breeds back.

Enforce Leash Laws-

Increase penalties for dangerous dog owners-

Increase the penalties for dog fighting-

Regulate breeders-

Fund spay & neuter programs-

Fund low cost obedience classes-

Provide education about dog behavior-

Stop criminals from owning dogs.- Now this may sound harsh, but the criminals I am talking about are the abusive ones. If this criminal has previously abused a human or animal in the past, they have proven to be neglectful of the well-being of others. There is no need to put an innocent animal in a situation with a person like this.

Stop BSL

Advocate Against Breed Specific Legislation

If you also disagree with BSL, please visit some of the links below. To help fight for the cause, and help make the owners take responsibility for their dogs you can write to the supreme court or your local legislatures and have your voice heard.


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      Rachel Ord 7 years ago from Palm Coast

      I completely agree with you breaks my heart to think that these beautiful breeds as a whole are being discriminated against and put down because of negligent owners.

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      Coach_Tiffany _ Lover 7 years ago

      I feel the dogs are being punished for peoples stupidity!!! Its all how you bring the dogs up, I came in contact with all of those dogs and they were gentle Giants. I met more aggressive smaller dogs.. Again, it's all how the owner raises them !!!

      So the Owner should be the one being trained and punished

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      Eternal Evolution 8 years ago from kentucky

      great hub! all responsible owners need to speak out against BSL

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      alana paton 9 years ago

      ihave ownd an amarican pitt bull for 10 years and my 3 boys grew up around her i think that it should be th owner punished and not the dog, they are gentle anges if you just let them

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      judy 9 years ago

      So true.

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      Rachel Ord 9 years ago from Palm Coast

      I have had both rottis and pits and I have never had a problem with any of them. I truly believe it reallly is the training (or lack there of) a dog goes through that makes them act the way they do.

      To tell you the truth- and this is nothing against Golden Retrievers because I absolutely love that breed too- one of my rottis was bitten very badly at the beach by a large Golden Retriever. Now, I grew up with goldens, and never experienced that, but that taught me that any breed of dog can act aggressively.

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      Debra Allen 9 years ago from West By God

      I am with you all the way.  It IS how they are trained, not the breed.  I know some people who have pit bulls and they are the most loving things that I have ever seene.  People also have to have some compasion too a dog can't tell you that something hurts he can only defend himself and most likely that is through a bite!  If you are scared you will yell--if a dog is scared it will make lots of noise and probably bite--it has no other choice.

      I am also against those who get dogs to protect their property and then house them in a small fence area some 50 feet from the house.  Dogs need exercise and they certainly don't get it from a 5 x 8 fenced in part of the yard.

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      shibashake 9 years ago

      Nice hub! I SO agree with you on this. It is ridiculous to ban certain breeds because of irresponsible ownership. It would be great to have much more regulation at the point of purchase. Unfortunately, such laws as well as stronger penalties for irresponsible dog ownership are always difficult to pass. I live in CA, which is probably one of the more dog-friendly states when it comes to protection laws but we couldn't even get a spay/neuter law passed recently.

      I wanted to get a Chow Chow recently and was told that my home insurance would increase significantly if I got one. Which is totally silly, because I have a Shiba Inu, who has a very similar temperament to a Chow.