23 October 2011

Banned or Restricted Breeds of Dogs - Perak

We have read of tragic incidents where people have been injured or killed in dog attacks. 2 prominent incidents come to mind this year: a pitbull attack in Penang and a Rottweiler attack in Selangor. Fortunately, the latter incident was not fatal.

My family recently acquired a Rottweiler, and father-in-law was the one who gave it to us. The pup is lovely so far, just like any other pup, she is playful and cute. But of course, there is some concern regarding our safety vis-a-vis the Rottweiler. The latest Rottweiler incident does not help.

I have never owned a Rottweiler before, or any other (reputedly) ferocious breeds, and I am no dog expert. So I am not prepared to pass judgment on any breed of dog. Still, one must always be careful when dealing with animals, after all, they are animals - with their own quirks and moods, which they cannot always communicate to us, the owners.

Out of curiosity, I did a quick search on the net and found that Rotties are a breed that does cause some concern. As always, Wikipedia supplies a quick snapshot of information and Rottweilers are either outright banned or listed as a controlled type of dog in places such as Ecuador, Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore and the US. Perhaps Malaysia may follow suit in banning or restricting the ownership of Rottweilers in the country.

The Perak Veterinary Services Department has the following listing:
Breeds of Dogs banned from importation
  • Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull (also known as American Pit Bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier)
  • American Bulldog

  • Neapolitan Mastiff

  • Japanese Tosa
  • Akita
  • Dogo Argentino

  • Fila Braziliero

Restricted Breeds of Dogs (Importation subject to special conditions) 
  • Doberman
  • German Shepard/Alsatian
  • including Belgian Shepard and East European Shepard
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Bull Terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario (also known as Canary Dog)

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