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

Constitutional breed safety laws

Appellate courts in fourteen 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
  • 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.