New in the AKC Legislative Action Center: Updated Issue Analysis on Breed-Specific Laws

2020-12-07 | AKC Government Relations Department

Currently, the Michigan Senate is debating whether to pass a law that would prohibit local governments from passing laws regulating specific dog breeds. 

In November, voters in Denver overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that repealed a 30-year ban on certain breeds in city limits.

And already, states such as Missouri are filing legislation for consideration in 2021 to consider banning breed-specific laws and regulations in their state. 

In an effort to help local dog owners communicate with their legislators on this important issue, AKC Government Relations has updated the policy article “Why Breed Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work”.  This article has been updated to include recent statistics, talking points, and anecdotes to demonstrate why laws holding all dog owners accountable – regardless of the breed they choose to own – is a better and more effective policy solution. 

This updated article is the latest advocacy tool that can be found in the Breed-Specific/Dangerous Dog Laws Key Issue page in the AKC Legislative Action Center.  You can find it by going to or by visiting and clicking on the “Key Issues” tab. 

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