UAE Updates List of Banned Dog Breeds
As pet owners, you need to be updated with the current rules and regulations in the UAE especially when it comes to dog breeds that you can keep in the country.
Recently, the UAE released an updated list of dog breeds that are now banned in the country with some exceptions if they are:
- Service animals
- Emotional support animals
- For other medical purposes.
The new breeds included in the banned list: Pit Bull, Argentinian Mastiff, Tosa Inu, Brazilian Mastiff and Otterhound.
The four main dog breeds listed by MoCCAE
The updated list prohibits the possession and circulation of these dogs for individuals and commercial establishments.
• Pit Bull: Staffordshire terrier, American Pit Bull, American Bully Pit Bull
• Mastiff: Brazilian, Argentine, Tibetan, South African, Italian, Indian, Bullmastiff
• Japanese Tosa dogs
• Perro de Presa Canario (the Spanish breed of Mastiff)
The law does not completely ban the possessions of these dog breeds because there are exceptions that permit the ownership of Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, and Japanese Tosa dogs.
Bear in mind to contact the authorities if you have one of the breeds mentioned on the list of new breeds – fines for owning a banned would range from Dh10,000 to Dh700,000. It may also lead to a jail term and the confiscation of the animal.