Banned dogs (breeds) in Norway

It is against the law to own certain breeds of dogs which are considered dangerous in Norway. This ban also applies to crossbreeds where there is one or more of these breeds in any proportion.


There are currently six banned dog breeds. These are:

  • The Pit Bull Terrier
  • The American Staffordshire Terrier
  • The Fila Brasilerio
  • The Toso Inu
  • The Dogo Argentino
  • The Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

Wolf-dog hybrids are also considered dangerous.

It is also illegal to breed or import these dogs, or import semen or embryos from these breeds into the country.

The reason why these breeds are banned is that they are considered potentially dangerous dogs that are particularly aggressive, combative and tenacious.

Likewise, no matter the breed, it is against the law to own, breed or import dogs which have been trained to attack or defend themselves or the dog owner from other people or dogs. As well, it is illegal to own, breed or import any dog which is particularly aggressive, combative or has other highly undesirable qualities or behaviour which make them a potential danger for humans or animals.

If there is suspicion that an animal is of a dangerous breed of dog, the police and customs authorities can require the dog owner to document its breed or type in accordance with the law. If there is doubt about the breed, the police can have the dog killed or require that the dog be sent out of the country.