The American Staffordshire Terrier Canada of Canada

Worldwide, the American Staffordshire Terrier has been subject to breed bans that target the Bull and Terrier family in response to well-publicized incidents involving pit bulls or similar dog breeds. This legislation ranges from outright bans on possession to restrictions and conditions of ownership. The appropriateness and effectiveness of breed-specific legislation in preventing dog-related fatalities and injuries is disputed.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MONTREAL, QUEBEC SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Why is Montreal banning breeds that are rare?

The proposal to ban three breeds in the City of Montreal’s 19 boroughs is disturbing. There is no evidence to support the belief that they there are dangerous breeds. There is evidence showing that individual dogs, often owned by inexperienced or callous people, can be dangerous. Read more (link to the Legislative Page)

The American Staffordshire Terrier Canada of Canada

Worldwide, the American Staffordshire Terrier has been subject to breed bans that target the Bull and Terrier family in response to well-publicized incidents involving pit bulls or similar dog breeds. This legislation ranges from outright bans on possession to restrictions and conditions of ownership. The appropriateness and effectiveness of breed-specific legislation in preventing dog-related fatalities and injuries is disputed.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MONTREAL, QUEBEC SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Why is Montreal banning breeds that are rare?

The proposal to ban three breeds in the City of Montreal’s 19 boroughs is disturbing. There is no evidence to support the belief that they there are dangerous breeds. There is evidence showing that individual dogs, often owned by inexperienced or callous people, can be dangerous

Unfortunately, dog bit statistics aren’t statistics, and my collection of dog bites by breed is inaccurate because it is based on guesswork. Breed is a term with a specific meaning that is used incorrectly by many people, even among those who are involved with dogs. A dog is a member of a breed, if he can trace his ancestry back to when his breed was recognized in an unbroken line through a pedigree. Any other dog is a mongrel. In Canada, all three of the breeds usually named in these types of laws are so uncommon that most people will never see a purebred example of any of them.

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
American Staffordshire Terrier
Quebec 1 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 5 0 0 0
Canada 33 45 20 14 22 21 46 32 34 58 37 21
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Quebec 8 3 2 6 6 3 4 7 6 2 5 8
Canada 243 104 105 104 151 130 148 129 113 140 112 96


Above is a document showing number of dogs registered by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) for all of Canada and Quebec separately during the past ten years. The CKC is a federally accredited agency that registers purebred dogs under the Animal Pedigree Act. The American Pit Bull Terrier is registered with United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Dog Breeders’ Association (ADBA), as well as the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation, another federal agency under the auspices of Agriculture Canada.

The government should be responsible and proactive with an approach similar to Calgary’s Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law. Being one of the most respected By-Laws, it teaches people what is expected of them and rewards owners for good behavior. Those who do not meet the community standards are dealt with regardless of the type, breed or size of pet.

A full risk assessment should be conducted by the city of Montreal to assess the danger of fatality and bites from the proposed rare banned breeds and types of dogs.

Bans and other unfair laws are ineffective and costly plus they lead to distrust of government officials, especially at the municipal level.

ASTCC President
Catherine Prothro - barberycoast@eastlnk.ca

Alternate Contact
Mireille Goulet - mireillegoulet@hotmail.com

2016 Sept ASTCC Letter to Montreal Council

2016 Sept ASTCC Press Release ENG

2016 Sept ASTCC Press Release FR

2016 Sept ASTCC AST and SBT Numbers for 10 years

2016 Sept ASTCC CKC Sporting and Hounds

2016 Sept ASTCC CKC Working and Terriers

2016 Sept ASTCC CKC Toys, Non Sporting and Herding

2016 Sept ASTCC Dog Litter Feb 16 French

Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law

Canada DBRF Chart Covering from 1983 - 2014


Please stop BSL! Today it may be my breed, tomorrow it could be yours!