Are there any breeds banned in Florida?

 

Florida does not ban any specific breed of dog at the State level. Rather, State law puts restrictions on a “dangerous dog”.

A dangerous dog is defined in Florida as follows:

  • A dog that has aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered or has inflicted severe injury on a human being on public or private property; or
  • A dog that has more than once severely injured or killed a domestic animal while off the owner’s property; or
  • A dog that has, when unprovoked, chased or approached a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, provided that such actions are attested to in a sworn statement by one or more persons and dutifully investigated by the appropriate authority.

The local animal control authority makes the determination of whether a dog qualifies as a “dangerous dog.” If a dog has been classified as a “dangerous dog,” and subsequently bites a person or a domestic animal, the owner of the “dangerous dog” can be found guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. In addition, the “dangerous dog” is immediately confiscated by the animal control authority, placed in quarantine, if necessary, for the proper length of time, or impounded and held for 10 business days after the owner is given written notification, and thereafter destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner.

While Florida does not ban any specific breed at the State level, this does not mean that a local ordinance may possibly ban certain dogs or have additional restrictions. For example, Miami-Dade County has an ordinance requiring that pit bull must be at all times securely confined indoors, or confined in a securely and totally enclosed and locked pen with a conspicuous sign displaying the words “Dangerous Dog.”

 

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