Terminology

When talking about BSL, you’ll hear a lot of terms that may or may not be clearly defined. Let’s start at the beginning and define breed-specific legislation.

What is BSL?
Breed specific legislation (BSL) is legislation that places restrictions on certain types of dogs perceived as inherently dangerous. It can be implemented by a private property owner, a business, a housing authority, management group, city council, regional district, province, state, or country. While the “pit bull” is a current focus of BSL, other breeds/groups of dogs such as Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Chows, and mastiffs are affected by BSL.

When researching this topic, you’ll hear a lot about “pit bulls”. We’ve defined this term as well as some of the other common terms people use to describe block-headed dogs.

  • Pit bull
  • Bully breed
  • Staffy

Check out our Myths section for some more labelling question marks that we feel need to be retired:

  • Nanny dog
  • Bait dog
  • Blue nose/red nose

Have you come across a BSL or “pit bull” related label that confuses you? We’d love to help you research it! Contact us at info@dogbitefacts.org.