Types of banned dog
It’s illegal to import certain types of dog into Jersey. We will seize a dog if it displays characteristics represented by those on the banned list.
Dogs on the banned list are types rather than breeds. This is because they are not recognised breeds by the Kennel Club of Great Britain.
Banned dogs include any dog of the type commonly known as:
- the Dogo Argentino
- the Fila Braziliera
- the Japanese Tosa (or Tosa)
- the Pit Bull Terrier
Or any other type which appears to have been bred for fighting.
The following are commonly known as Pit Bull Terriers and potential owners should seek advice before importing one into Jersey:
- American Staffordshire Terriers (Am Staffs or AST’s)
- American Bulldogs
- Presa Canario
- Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier (not to be confused with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier)
- Old Fashioned Staffords (not to be confused with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier)
- Traditional Staffords (not to be confused with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier)
Know what breed you’re buying
It’s your responsibility to make sure you do not bring a banned dog to Jersey, where it may be seized.
Here are some tips to help you know what breed you’re buying:
- do your research before you decide on what breed of dog you want
- buy locally if you can or consider rescuing a dog from the JSPCA
- if you have to buy in the UK, always buy from a respectable breeder who is registered with the Kennel Club
- always ask to see the puppy’s parents and visit the puppy in its home environment
- don’t buy a dog from an unknown source: it’s important that you know where it comes from and where it was born
- do your research on banned dogs so you know what types to avoid
- ask to see pedigree papers
- be aware that many banned dogs breeds are advertised as other breeds and the seller may try to mislead you about the animal’s history, breed or pedigree
- take extra precautions if you’re buying a dog from outside of the UK, puppy farming and smuggling is common throughout Europe
Guidance: buying a dog on GOV.UK website