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10/17/2014 3:56 PM


Breed Specific Legislation

Breed specific legislation is exactly what it sounds like...regulation of your right to own or, in many cases, not own, a dog based solely on the breed or "type" of dog, not your responsibility as an owner.

If you think only pit bull owners need to be concerned about breed specific legislation ("BSL"), the following list should shatter your illusions:

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Saint Bernard

Great Pyrenees

Dogo Argentino

German Shepherd



Wolf hybrids

Bull Mastiff

Chow Chow


Doberman Pinscher

Dogue de Bordeaux

Rhodesian Ridgeback


Local and state governmental officials are proposing and passing BSL based on breed alone. This is an act of prejudice, and as responsible dog owners, we cannot allow laws to be passed based simply on what a dog looks like or what breed it happens to be. As dog bite statistics show, every breed of dog will bite. As such, legislators should focus on implementing and enforcing generic, non-breed specific dangerous dog laws. These laws deem a dog dangerous based on individual dangerous or vicious acts of the dog - not by breed. Put simply, BSL removes the responsibility away from the dog's owner and towards the dog itself. Existing laws should be strictly enforced and irresponsible owners should be held accountable for the actions of their dogs.

Breed bans and other forms of BSL do not work because they target all dogs of a breed -- the innocent as well as the guilty; they are difficult to enforce; and they do not end the use of guardian dogs by criminals. If a breed that is popular with criminals and unethical breeders is banned, they simply move on to another breed.

States that prohibit breed specific legislation:

California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York,

Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Breed specific legislation is a concern for ALL dog owners!

Think you can't be affected by breed specific legislation because you don't own a pit bull? Think again....

Many breed specific ordinances focus on the way a dog looks rather than the breed of the dog. Why? Because accurate "pit bull" identification is difficult, if not impossible. These ordinances are worded so broadly in order to include ANY dog that simply resembles a pit bull. Take the quiz: 

 To view personal testaments protesting BSL SB 861 go to: