The Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983, as amended by the Dangerous Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, bans certain types of dogs as listed below:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa

It is an offence to own, breed from, give away, sell, exchange, make a gift of or advertise for sale a banned dog.  Councils are responsible for enforcing the Dogs Order.

It is possible to obtain an Exemption Certificate if certain conditions are met.  An owner will be responsible for all costs and further information is available from the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.