Dangerous dogs

Are you being pressured by your friends to get a dangerous dog?

Unfortunately some people think it is funny or good for a dog to show aggression, growl at people or even attack other animals. It is wrong and can be very dangerous as well as cruel to that dog.

Any dog can potentially be dangerous, but certain types of particularly aggressive dogs are banned in the UK under section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act. This means it's illegal to own, breed, sell or give one away. So if you do decide to get one, you'll be breaking the law.

The four types of banned dogs are:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero

Is the owner responsible?

Yes. Every dog owner, by law, must look after their dog properly, and that includes controlling it in public. No matter how large or small the dog, it can still hurt people. But - if you are under 16 responsibility would lie with your parent or guardian.

Banned dogs can lead to fines and imprisonment.

You should also know that if you or someone you know owns an unregistered banned dog they're committing a criminal offence. Owning a banned dog can result in a fine of up to 5,000 and maybe even six months in prison. It is also illegal to breed from, sell, abandon or give away a banned dog.

Getting more help

For more information about dangerous and illegal dogs visit our 'Get the facts' or 'More help and advice' pages.