Thinking of bringing your dog to the UAE? Or buying a new pup? Here's a complete list of banned and restricted dogs in the UAE.
19 January 2017| Last updated on 19 January 2020
This is the list of banned dog breeds in Dubai right now
Residents of Dubai and pet-owners can soon expect to see the implementation of stricter regulations on pets that can be imported and/or raised in the UAE. And while there are already certain dog breeds banned, the list will soon increase it seems.
While there's plenty of information readily available online for Dubai's pet owners, we've found that there seems to be some blurred lines when it comes to which breeds are actually banned or restricted here.
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Currently, we are of the knowledge that the following dog breeds are in fact banned entirely for import into the UAE.
To prevent offending anyone, in no way do we enforce 100% that these dog breeds are completely dangerous and we acknowledge that with a good owner and upbringing, all dog breeds are and can be of a lovely nature.
Complete list of banned dogs in Dubai
All Kinds of Pit Bulls
Infamously dubbed as one of the more dangerous dogs, a pit bull can be any one of the following breeds or combination of breeds... American bulldog, American Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and the English bull terrier. They were originally bred to be farm dogs, as they're known for the strong stature and protective nature.
Dubbed a giant among dogs, male Mastiffs can grow to as much as 200 pounds (90 kgs)... They're a massive, powerful and muscular breed and while historically, they were believed to be a ferocious war dog, nowadays they make a great companion for anyone that can accommodate their great size and endless amounts of drool!
Also known as Tosa-Inu or Tosa-Ken, they're a stately, massive dog. They're known to be loyal, sensitive and pay close attention to their owner's commands. And despite their large stature, they're not a noise breed. Despite being once used for Japanese dog fighting, they're only deemed dangerous nowadays due to their size.
They're a mix of a domestic dog and a wolf. Naturally healthy, there are affected by fewer inherited diseases than most breads of dog. Many of the wolfdog breeds that exist today were specifically bred to improve the health and vigor of working dogs. Of course, because of their genetic mix, their traits and behaviour is less predictable in comparision to either a wolf, or a dog.
Originally bred to drive cattle to market, the Rottweiler has since been dubbed one of the more dangerous dog breeds there is. As superb guardians, Rottweilers have over the years made loyal guardians for families, and have also served as police dogs and in the military.
'Developed' in Germany in the late 19th century, the Doberman is primarily a guard dog. While their exact ancestry is unknown, it is believed that they're a mix of many dog breeds, including the Rottweiler, Black and Tan Terrier and German Pinscher. They have a sleek coat and athletic build, with a highly energetic and intelligent nature. They're suited for police and military work, canine sports and as a family guardian.
A.k.a. Perro de Presa Canario. A.k.a. the Canary Mastiff. They're a large Molosser-type dog bread that was originally bred for working livestock. Their name is often shortened to Presa, and they're in fact the animal symbol of the island Grand Canaria. They're a large sized go with a thick and muscular body, which is most likely the reason they've been dubbed a dangerous breed of dog.
Originating from China, Shar-Pei dogs are known for their many wrinkles, blue-black tongue, and sand-coloured coat.
And any mix of the above breeds are also banned
In addition to the above breeds, there are others that are currently restricted, but there are plans to prohibit them completely from import into the UAE. These include the American and English Bull Dog, Huskies and Shar Peis.
Previously, it was just these breeds that had to be walked on a leash in public, but following changes to the law, all dogs are now required to be on the leash when in a public area.
More breeds could be added to the banned list
On top of those that are already banned, it seems like more could soon be added to the list. The Federal National Council (FNC) have proposed a draft law that includes regulations on all kinds of mammals and birds. We must point out, while some of these breeds are not believed to be dangerous, living in the unsuitable UAE's climate could increase the risk.
As per the draft law, offenders could get up to a year of imprisonment and/or up to Dhs1 million in fines and penalties.
We should point out that this information is, of course, to help guide you in your research, however, any concerns or questions should be directed towards the Dubai and/or Abu Dhabi Municipality, or the Ministry of Climate Control and Environment (formerly the Ministry of Environment and Water).
Formerly known as the Alsatian in Britain, the German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899. They're party of the herding group, and where developed for herding sheep. Since however, their strength, intelligence, trainability and obedience have proven them worthy working dogs, including for disability assistance, search-and-rescue, and police and military roles.
While already restricted, the husky could soon be added to the banned list completely. Not because they're deemed a dangerous breed, but because the living conditions in the UAE are really not suitable for them. They're used as sled dogs in ice-covered, northern parts of the world and are known for their speed. Of course, their thick coat and bundles of energy means they would suffer in the UAE's climate, resulting in sadness and aggression.
These guys are very similar to huskiers, but with more muscle and hair. They're used for pulling heavier sleds as they are stronger of the two, and have a double coat of fur. Granted, they can be aggress if not trained properly or their living situation is not suitable... I.e. in the UAE.
This breed is very distinctive in its appearance. They're proud by nature, with an independent spirit and can sometimes be aloof. While they may be suspicious of strangers, they're a fiercely loyal companion for the right person. Obviously due to their abundance of fur, the UAE's climate is not suitable.
They're an intelligent, loyal pet with a high need for companionship and exercise, and are not happy when regularly left at home alone. They're intolerant of hot weather, and precautions must be taken to ensure they don't overheat. Like in a desert sun. They're not commonly known for aggressive behaviour, but in the wrong environment and with a lack of training, the risk of attack is increased.
Now this one surprises us, as Dalmatians are often dubbed a great, family dog. But understandably, due to their large size and energetic athleticism, without proper training and socialisation, there's a chance they can turn aggressive.
What is the Federal National Council (FNC)?
The FNC is the UAE's advisory council, formed in the UAE in 1971 as a permanent component of the country's governing structure. It is comprised of 40 members, with seats allocated for each Emirate in the country. Half of the members are elected, while the other half is appointed by the council.