States with Pitbull Bans

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States with Pitbull Bans

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The American Pitbull Terrier has such a bad rap in the media. The breed is known for attacking people, kids, and other pets. To be frank, the rumors are myths for the most part. Sure, the Pitbull can be quite vicious but not all of them are.

 Well, to protect its citizens from fatal attacks, authorities in many states have created legislation against owning one. Each state has its own set of rules. There are those that ban it completely, those that prohibit buying new dogs, and those with stringent conditions for having one. Today, we will go over the list of 10 states with Pitbull bans.

1. Iowa

With 91 cities with pit bull bans or legislation, Iowa is the worst city to pick if you own a pittie. 72 of the cities forbid the breed completely. Others only have a problem if you own more than one dog of the breed. It’s not only Pit bulls that don’t have a home in Iowa. Other breeds such as German shepherds and Rottweilers don’t, too. As a matter of fact, if you own a dog weighing over 100 pounds, you will certainly run into problems with Iowa authorities.

2. Ohio

Ohio is also not pit-bull friendly at all. Over 80 municipalities have bans and restrictions against the breed terming it ‘vicious.’ You’d be lucky to find a municipality that totally embraces the breed and treats it like any other. Most of them just view pitties like any other dangerous animals such as a poisonous snake or a crocodile.

3. Missouri

Pitbull lovers in Missouri have very limited city options to choose from as more than 86 municipalities have bans and regulations against the breed. The city of Florissant is the worst of them all, thanks to a complete ban on owning, keeping, transporting, or selling Pit bulls.

4. Colorado

Whether you live in Aurora or Denver, you are less likely to live in peace with your Pitbull. According to the law, you should not own, keep, possess, harbor, exercise control over, sell, or transport a Pitbull or any other restricted breed such as Canary Dog, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Presa Mallorquin, TosaInu, Cane Corso. Ideally, any dog with the physical traits and behavior of a Pitbull is not welcome in Colorado.

5. Kansas

Kansas has breed bans and legislation in 90 of its cities with most of them being full bans (77 in number). You are not allowed to keep, own, or harbor any dog from this breed. Other ‘dangerous’ breeds here include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, and any other canine with the characteristics and appearance of the three terrier dogs above. The law was put in effect in 1987 and even after the amendment in 2007, not much changed.

6. Wisconsin

Many Wisconsin cities have also taken action to avoid dog attacks from aggressive breeds such as the Pitbull. In total, 60 cities have either banned owning pitties or have created legislation around it. Luckily, there are a handful of states that only have some rules regarding owning a pit bull but have no bans per se. If you hope to move to this state, do your research on the right city to settle in.

7. Mississippi

The number of Wisconsin municipalities that have bans and regulations against Pit bulls is 46. This means it is not the best state to relocate to if you own a pit bull. Other breeds viewed as the ‘object of scorn’ include Shar-pei and Rottweiler.

8. Michigan

While not all cities in Michigan ban Pitbulls, a majority of them do. These can either be bans or restrictions but they are all targeted towards pitties. Alma, Carson City, and Buena Vista Charter Township, for instance, refer to Pit bulls as ‘vicious’ and have rules for owning them. Bessemer Township, Ecorse, Dearborn Heights, and Grosse Pointe Woods have totally banned the breed. Other vicious breeds, according to the state,  include the American Staffordshire, Akita, boxer, Dalmatian, Chow chow, bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Alaskan malamute, Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Presa Canario, Siberian Husky, and more. The list is pretty long.

9. Arkansas

If you are planning to relocate to Arkansas and own a Pitbull, start looking for a new home for your Fido. 30 cities in the state don’t allow the breed at all. The law clearly states that no Pitbull should be owned or kept within the city’s borders. Apart from the Pitbull, the state also bans the Staffordshire bull terrier, American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, and American Mastiff.

10. Kentucky

Kentucky is yet another state that is notorious for banning Pit bulls among other breeds. Initially, the ban only targeted pitties but as of 2018, the list of dangerous dogs was expanded to include German Shepherds, Mastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Chow chows, Great Danes, Huskies, Akitas, St. Bernards, and Alaskan Malamutes.

There it is – 10 states that ban pit bulls. If you are a pittie owner, consider living in any other state that is not on this list. If you must live in any of them, look for a city that is pit bull-friendly for the sake of your peace and that of your canine friend.

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Sable M. is a canine chef, professional pet blogger, and proud owner of two male dogs. I have been an animal lover all my life, with dogs holding a special place in my heart. Initially, I created this blog to share recipes, tips, and any relevant information on healthy homemade dog treats. But because of my unrelenting passion to make a difference in the world of dogs, I have expanded the blog’s scope to include the best information and recommendations about everything dog lovers need to know about their canine friends’ health and wellbeing. My mission now is to find the most helpful content on anything related to dogs and share it with fellow hardworking hound lovers. While everything I share is in line with the latest evidence-based veterinarian health guidelines, nothing should be construed as veterinary advice. Please contact your vet in all matters regarding your Fido’s health.