14. Bull terrier
Banned or restricted by cities in: Georgia, Michigan, and Washington
The AKC characterizes the bull terrier “as a three-year-old child in a dog suit.” The group promises that while “the bull terrier can appear unapproachable,” the breed is actually “an exceedingly friendly dog, with a sweet and fun-loving disposition.” However, the AKC does explain that the breed needs lots of exercise to prevent boredom and behavior problems. That’s likely where legislation and HOA bans come into the picture.
Another important factor? The bull terrier looks a little like a pit bull. In fact, PetHelpful names the bull terrier as one of the breeds most commonly mistaken for a pit bull. Of course, a bull terrier doesn’t really look much like a pit bull if you look closely. However, any similarity likely works against the breed in cities already biased against the many breeds called “pit bulls.”
13. Siberian husky
Banned or restricted by cities in: Iowa, Louisiana, and Michigan
Because of the direwolf craze among Game of Thrones fans, huskies have gotten too popular for their own good. Puppy mills have flooded the market with husky puppies. Thus, many grow up in poor environments, which can cause temperament issues later. Temperament issues also occur when owners fail to provide these active dogs with adequate training or exercise.
Dog Expert reports that Siberian huskies often end up blacklisted by companies providing homeowners’ insurance. That’s despite the fact that “few studies have ever shown that Siberian huskies are [a] breed possessing high tendencies to bite people.” Unfortunately, many people believe stereotypes. And because huskies look a little wolf-like, many people don’t have a hard time believing the worst about these friendly dogs.
Banned or restricted by cities in: Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin
The mastiff — actually a group of related breeds — is a large dog that’s surprisingly well-suited for life in an apartment or condo, according to VetStreet. However, many cities ban these dogs, seemingly because of their large size. (In some apartment or condo complexes, the homeowners’ associations also impose weight restrictions to keep large dogs out.) In fact, some cities ban mastiffs altogether, ignoring their good nature and friendly disposition.
One city in Washington state — Wapato — specifically bans all mastiff types. That includes the English mastiff, Old English mastiff, American mastiff, Neapolitan mastiff, dogue de Bordeaux (or French mastiff), bull mastiff, Tibetan mastiff, Spanish mastiff, Pyrenean mastiff and Fila Brasileiro (or Brazilian mastiff). Abbotsford, Wisconsin, also bans all types of mastiffs. Of course, scientists have found little evidence that larger dogs are more dangerous or aggressive than smaller dogs. However, cities opposed to mastiffs don’t seem to have gotten the memo.