Breed safety laws ::

Over 900 U.S. cities have enacted breed-specific legislation and wolf-dog hybrid laws. View model and noted breed-specific ordinances and mandatory pit bull spaying and neutering ordinances.

Types of ordinances

Model & Noted Ordinances

Sterilization Ordinances

State-by-State Ordinances

Military Breed-Specific Policies

Indian Reservation Laws

Housing Authority Policies

Constitutional breed safety laws

Appellate courts in fifteen states and the District of Columbia have upheld the constitutionality of breed-specific legislation. Learn more in the section: Constitutionality of Breed-Specific Laws.

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

International breed safety laws

Many foreign countries have enacted breed-specific legislation as well, including: Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, and more. Please see a full list of these countries.