Restricted Breeds

Find out which breeds of fish and dog are banned or regulated in Dubai...

There are certain breeds of animals that are not allowed to be bought or sold in Dubai. Those caught in possession of an animal that is restricted, will have the animal confiscated and may face fines.

Some breeds are restricted to wearing a muzzle when out in public and may not be kept in apartments. Check with the Dubai Municipality Veterinary Services about specific restrictions related to pets.


  • Piranha


Any of the dogs below or any dog crossbred with one of the below dog breeds.

  • American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull Terrier)
  • Argentinean Mastiff
  • Bull Terrier
  • Brazilian Mastiff (Canary Dog)
  • Doberman
  • Husky
  • Mallorquin Bulldog
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Old English Bulldog
  • Perro de Proso
  • Rottweiler
  • Shar Pei
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tosa
  • Wolf/dog cross breeds