10 States Where Your Dog Might Be Banned

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Many cities have dog breed bans. | mbot/iStock/Getty Images

They say dogs are man’s best friend. But they didn’t say which breeds make that friendship easier or more difficult. Some breeds are easy to train while some make it a challenge. Some are high-maintenance, some are extremely popular, and some are both.

But certain dog breeds have been stereotyped as dangerous, including pit bulls, bullmastiffs, Siberian huskies, Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, and wolf hybrids. According to data from DogsBite.org, there were close to 400 fatal dog attacks from 2005 to 2016. Those attacks have sparked some cities to ban specific breeds. These are the 10 states that have the most cities banning dog breeds.

10. Kentucky

  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 31

There are 11 cities or counties in Kentucky that have outright pit bull bans. A number of others label pit bulls as vicious or dangerous, but only a handful pay any mind to Rottweilers, bullmastiffs, and other dog breeds.

Next: Six cities in this state won’t let you own pit bulls.

9. Louisiana

Siberian huskies
Siberian huskies face bans. | Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 32

Pit bulls are enemy No. 1 in Louisiana, where six cities have outright bans on the breed. A number of cities have officially labeled the breed as dangerous, while others have severe restrictions. The city of Crowley goes even further, declaring pit bulls, Akitas, Alaskan malamutes, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, bullmastiffs, Siberian huskies, Staffordshire bull terriers, and wolf hybrids dangerous.

Next: A state with a city where almost every dog is viewed suspiciously

8. Michigan

German shepherd in grass
Harper Woods, Michigan, bans several breeds, including German shepherds. | keleny/iStock/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 36

Once again, pit bulls are the target of most bans or restrictions in Michigan. And in the town of Harper Woods, a northern suburb of Detroit, they throw a cautious glance at several dog breeds. Section 4-28 of the municipal code states: “While not breed specific, the following breeds of dogs shall be considered suspect as vicious and potentially dangerous: Akita, Alaskan malamute, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, boxer, bullmastiff, chow chow, dalmatian, doberman pinscher, English bull terrier, German shepherd, great Dane, presa canario, Rhodesian ridgeback, rottweiler, Siberian husky, wolf hybrid and/or any mixed breed of the above.” The list actually seems pretty breed specific to us.

Next: Here, Most of the cities with breed legislation have bans.

7. Arkansas

American bulldog
Some cities ban American bulldogs. | Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 40

If you live in an Arkansas city with any sort of breed legislation on the books, chances are it’s a full ban. There are 30 cities in Arkansas that have breed bans. Most of the bans pertain to pit bulls, but there are several that outlaw American bulldogs, too.

Next: Crossing the river to a state with two cities that hate Shar-Peis.

6. Mississippi

Shar-Pei dog
Shar-Peis are targeted. | Chloe Victoria Photography/iStock/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 46

Legislation against dog breeds in Mississippi sees pit bulls as the object of scorn, with a few cities where Rottweilers are viewed with suspicion. Meanwhile, Kosciusko and Philadelphia throw shade on Shar-Peis, a breed characterized by Dog Time as a good family pet.

Next: Another Midwestern state makes an appearance.

5. Wisconsin

Wolf hybrids are banned, too. | fury123/iStock/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 62

Thirty-ones in Wisconsin have full bans on pit bulls. Interestingly, the town of Abbotsford in the middle of the state restricts pit bulls and a few other breeds, but it only bans wolf hybrids.

Next: They’re not taking any chances in this state.

4. Missouri

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Pilot Grove, Missouri, bans chow chows, among other breeds. | Marcelo-Kaneshira/iStock/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 89

Inching closer to the top of the list sees us visiting a state that’s not taking any chances. Missouri has 58 cities where outright dog breed bans are on the books. Pilot Grove is particularly harsh. The city bans six breeds: pit bulls, Chinese fighting dogs, chow chows, Doberman pinschers and Rottweilers.

Next: A state with plenty of breed legislation on the books.

3. Ohio

pit bull playing in fountain
Pit bulls have it hard in Ohio. | Ramin Talaie/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 90

A little more than a quarter of the cities in Ohio with dog breed legislation have full bans, with 24 cities making breeds (mostly pit bulls) illegal. And 55 cities have officially labeled pit bulls as vicious. One of those cities, Oregon, restricts households to just one pit bull.

Next: A Missouri neighbor joins in the breed ban.

2. Kansas

Doberman dog outdoors
Doberman pinschers face bans. | onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 90

Kansas has the same number of cities with breed legislation as Ohio, but it grabs the No. 2 spot thanks to having more than three times as many spots with full bans. In addition to those with legislation, a vast majority cities (77) in Kansas have full bans. The bans mostly target pit bulls, with some also including Rottweilers, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, and other breeds.

Next: Not too far to travel to arrive at the No. 1 state

1. Iowa

Smiling Rottweiler
Rottweilers are subject to breed bans. | horsesdogscats/iStock/Getty Images
  • Cities with breed bans or legislation: 91

If you’re thinking of moving to Iowa and you own a pit bull, it’s going to be tough finding a place to live. There are 72 cities in Iowa that ban that breed. Fairfield makes owning several breeds illegal. Section 6.14.070 of the city code makes it illegal to own pit bulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers, and a number of other dogs, as well as any dog who weighs over 100 pounds. Sounds like a paradise for lovers of toy breeds.

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