08 Dec

Which Breeds of Dog are Not Allowed in Dubai?

An international hub, Dubai is one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates. Having seen explosive growth as the 20th century turned to the 21st, Dubai also saw an influx of foreign nationals during this period, meaning the population consists more of foreign and migrant workers than the resident national population.

Given how most of the population consists of people from abroad, it is wise to research the customs and practices of the country, what is permitted there and what isn’t. Pets are a major part of our lives, and with a sizeable foreign population, it is a home to numerous pet owners who took their pets overseas, and due to this, pet transportation to Dubai has increased over the years.

Such a pet relocation must comply with their rules though, so it is important to be aware of the breed-specific legislation in the country and ensure that your move with your pet is not in violation of them.

Banned Dog Breeds in Dubai

The import requirements to transport your pet to Dubai aren’t particularly cumbersome – a few basic vaccinations, a pet microchip, a U.A.E Health Certificate and a registration certificate are all you need to embark on your journey with your dog.

There are also certain breeds that the U.A.E considers to be dangerous or strong breeds and refuses to grant access to the country.

Here are the breeds of dog banned in the Dubai, and by extension, the U.A.E:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • American Staffordshire Terrier

  • Argentinian Mastiff

  • Brazilian Mastiff

  • Rottweiler

  • Doberman Pinscher

  • American Bully

  • American Pit Bull Terrier

  • Japanese Tosa

These breeds, along with any mixed or hybrid offspring of one or more of these breeds are banned from entry and cannot be imported to the country. Dubai isn’t the only country that has a list of banned breeds; numerous countries around the world have their respective sanctions on the import and entry of breeds they consider to be dangerous.

Not every pup belonging to one of these breeds is necessarily dangerous, but since some of these breeds are reputed for their strength and others for their ferocity, the law plays it safe and passes suitable legislation pertaining to these breeds for public welfare.

Complying with import and export regulations for your pet can be challenging when planning your move abroad. If you’re looking for help with your pet’s move abroad, or are stressed by the lengthy process, you can always hire a professional pet relocation company for your convenience and peace of mind. Drop us a line at to begin your pet’s relocation to Dubai anytime



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