Breed-specific laws state-by-state

Over 900 U.S. cities have enacted breed-specific legislation or wolf-dog hybrid laws. Learn about these laws in your state and if a state preemption law prevents these public safety ordinances.

Municipalities with BSL


States with constitutionally upheld BSL

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.

International BSL

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.