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Q: What type of dogs are illegal to own?

A: Under the Dangerous Dogs Act it is illegal to own certain breeds of dog. These include: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero type dogs.

It is also against the law to sell, abandon, give away or breed from a banned dog.

Any person that owns a dog that is trained/bred to be aggressive or used as a weapon to intimidate people can face a high prison sentence.

If it's alleged that a dog is of a type which is prohibited, it is presumed to be the case until the owner can prove otherwise. This would be done at their own expense.