Thanks to K-9 Magazine for this update on banned breeds in the UK!
Newspaper “Cracks Banned Breed Code”
The Liverpool Echo claims to have uncovered a cunning ploy by people wishing to import banned breeds to the UK, which sees them use code names and false names for breeds in adverts.
The Echo, which has been campaigning recently for tougher action against dangerous dogs, have isolated various key words that appear to denote various banned breeds.
Echo editor Ali Machray has banned the following terms and names being used in adverts in the Liverpool Echo after readers pointed out that the publication was being used to sell banned breeds.
Banned Breed Names
American pit bull terrier
Am Staff, American Staff
American Staffordshire bull terrier
American Staffordshire terrier
Irish Staffordshire bull terrier
Irish Staffordshire terrier
Pit bull terrier
The Following Words Are Not Permitted When Selling A Dog
He told the Press Gazette We launched Biteback as we were worried by the growing number of incidents where thugs were using dogs as weapons. The RSPCA and Merseyside police back us, and there has been a tremendous response from readers.
But some breeders pointed out our own classified columns were being used to sell illegal breeds or fighting dogs, using code names and descriptions only others in the trade would recognise. The list means we can now spot these terms and refuse to accept the adverts.