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Dangerous dog restrictions in South Korea

Posted on March 16, 2020


Dangerous Dog Restrictions (Korea)

The trend to outlaw the ownership of certain breeds of animals was a trend that began in 2000 in Germany. All animals have the innate ability to bite people despite domestication. There are both environmental and genetic components to animal behavior. The Animal Bite Prevention Program has not shown an increase in tendency of any one specific breed to bite more than another breed. Dangerous dog ordinances tend to target large animals with strong muscles for biting that do more damage during a bite incident.

There are no dangerous dog restrictions for the Republic of South Korea at this time. Currently, pet owners residing in privatized housing under the new Army's Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) at over 98% installations in the United States may not board any dog or a breed (including a mixed breed) that is deemed "aggressive or potentially aggressive" unless the dog is a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler/trainer. Prior to PCSing you should verify that there are not specific breed restrictions for the airlines, living on or off base in Korea. Please contact your local housing office for more details.

Aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs under the RCI are defined as Pit Bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, Chows, and Wolf hybrids. Prohibition also extends to other dogs that demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior as indicated by any of the following types of conduct:

  1. Unprovoked barking, growling, or snarling at people approaching the animal.
  2. Aggressively running along fence lines when people are present.
  3. Biting or scratching people.
  4. Escaping confinement or restriction to chase people.
According to law, all dogs are required to be on leashes and all dangerous breeds must be muzzled in public
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