The Japanese Tosa is also banned in the UK. We look at which dogs are banned in the UK, why they are banned, and whether or not the law allows any exceptions. If you are found guilty of owning a banned dog it is your responsibility to prove that it is NOT one of four types of dangerous dog breed. In the UK and across the world, what’s generally known as ‘breed-specific legislation’ covers a raft of laws which tend to focus on dogs and particular dog breeds. Whether your dog is a banned type depends on what it looks like, rather than its breed or name. The Japanese Tosa is also banned in the UK. The other two illegal breeds, the Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero, both came from South America. It too was bred specifically for blood sports, but came from Asia. Japanese rules meant dogs weren't allowed to make any noise in the pit, so the Tosa is said to have been able to fight completely silently. "These [banned] dogs are strong, muscular and powerful breeds, so they do have the potential to cause harm. Learn how the law governing dangerous dogs applies and what will happen if you are convicted of owning a banned dog. Laws vary from country to country, and in the US, dog laws vary from state to state, rather than there being a single set of federal laws. Dog fighting, though, carried on because it's harder to police. "Any dog can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Professor Green: Dangerous Dogs (Documentary - 2016) Which dogs are banned in the UK? Make sure you know which breeds of dog are illegal in the UK: 1. UK vs US: Approaches to Laws on Dangerous and Banned Dogs – and Injuries. If you own an unregistered banned dog you are committing a criminal offence. Pit Bull Terriers / Pit Bull type dogs. Any dog can be a danger to the public, but certain types of dogs are banned in the UK.