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Dogs not allowed into Jersey

Do not bring banned dogs
  • We can seize any dog on the banned list or dogs showing characteristics represented by those on the banned list.

Types of banned dog

It's illegal to bring certain types of dog into Jersey. We can seize any dog on the banned list or if the dog showing characteristics represented by those on the banned list.

Dogs on the banned list are types rather than breeds because they are not recognised breeds by the Kennel Club.

Banned dogs include any dog of the type commonly known as the:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  • Japanese Tosa (or Tosa)
  • Pit Bull Terrier

This includes any other type of dog showing characteristics to those bred for fighting. The following is a non-exhaustive list of popular dog breeds portraying characteristic of fighting dogs:

  • American Staffordshire Terriers (Am Staffs or AST's)
  • American Bulldogs, including XL Bulldogs or Bullies
  • 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)
  • Wolf Hybrids
  • Certain Shepherd dogs (Caucasian, Central Asian, Kangal and Yugoslavian Shepherds)
  • Certain Mastiffs (Neapolitan, Spanish and Boerboel Mastiffs)
  • Cane Corso

List of other prohibited animals in Jersey.

Know what breed you're buying

It's your responsibility to make sure you do not bring a banned dog to Jersey.

Follow these 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 registered with the Kennel Club
  • always visit the puppy in its home environment and ask to see the puppy's parents
  • 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 on buying a dog on GOV.UK

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