Breed Restriction

A restriction means the dog owner is limited as to what their dog can do, where it go, how it can get there and who it can have contact with. There are also usually special licensing and insurance requirements. Right now, in various locations in the United States , there are laws restricting at least 11 different breeds and mixes of those breeds.

What are the usual restrictions that are imposed?
Restrictions vary from locale to locale, but common restrictions are as follows:

Muzzling of the dog in public.
Use of a chain leash.
Dog can only be walked by someone 18 years or older.
Dog must wear a special collar or tag that denotes it as a dangerous dog.
Posting of dangerous dog warning signs at house entrances.
A requirement for extra liability insurance (usually ranging from $50,000 -$100,000).
Higher licensing fees (up to $500.00 per year for an unaltered dog, even a show dog).
The dog is not allowed contact with children, even as a puppy.
Mandatory tattooing, and/or microchipping.
Mandatory neutering/spaying.

While these are not inappropriate restrictions for a dog designated dangerous as a result of behavior, they are not appropriate for dogs designated dangerous solely by breed.


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