11 illegal or Banned Dog Breeds in India

American Bulldog

American bulldog is a leaner and longer version of English bulldog. These dogs have a strong and muscular build, making them really fit and active. They're known for being great at guarding and hunting. Despite their pleasant & friendly demeanor, the dog is considered ferocious.


Bandog is a cross between American Pit Bull Terrier or American Bulldog and a Neapolitan Mastiff or a Mastiff. These dogs have a naturally balanced and laid-back nature, which makes them excellent for guarding farms. However, it's important to remember that they have a strong and intense side, and they might not be the best fit for urban areas where their parent breeds are limited or prohibited.

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neopolitan Mastiff also used as a gladiator dog by Roman Colosseum comes with a mix of positive and negative characteristics. These dogs are massive, with males sometimes reaching 200 pounds and females being slightly smaller. The more aggressive ones can pose a danger once they reach full maturity and are generally not recommended to be around children.

Wolf Dog

The breed that has sparked the most debate and posed the greatest challenges in recent years. Its intimidating traits stem from a blend of wolf and dog genetics. Ironically, this is what renders it unsuitable for domestication. These colossal creatures are difficult to handle due to their specific requirements and unpredictable tendencies.


The Boerboel, a farm dog hailing from South Africa, has a strong connection with the Bull Mastiff. Originally, these puppies were relied upon as the primary barrier against threats from creatures like hyenas, lions, and other large felines. Undoubtedly, the more assertive puppies make fantastic watchdogs, but they can become risky if not trained effectively.

Presa Canario

Originating from the Canary Islands in Spain, these massive combat dogs weigh approximately 200 pounds. Their inherent aggressive nature makes them unsuitable for domestication.

Fila Brasileiro

This incredibly active and spirited tail-wagger ranks as one of the most challenging breeds to train. Known for their aggressive and ravenous behavior, these dogs are not a suitable choice, even for participation in pet shows.

Tosa Inu

Weighing between 130 to 200 pounds, this colossal dog comes in several different variations. Originally bred for fighting, this pup is banned in certain countries due to its perceived danger.


Reportedly, Pitbulls are involved in approximately 45% of documented dog bite incidents. These widely misunderstood dog breeds are often seen as highly hazardous. Due to this, the teensy dog is currently prohibited in India, as well as numerous other countries globally.

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso, a robust, energetic, and insatiable breed, ranks among the most formidable dogs worldwide. It's banned in numerous countries, including India. This muscular canine often has its tail trimmed similar to a Doberman's. Experts claim that the breed's bite force is powerful enough to easily break bones.

Dogo Argentino

Dating back to the 1900s, this ancient breed follows closely after the Cordoba Fighting dog. It was selectively bred to create a dog suitable for perilous activities and for tracking formidable creatures such as mountain lions. This robust canine is prohibited in over 12 countries, including India.

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