Rving With a Pitbull – Traveling Through BSL States
When it comes to full time living in a RV and traveling with a pitbull, theres some things you need to know if you plan on bringing your furry friend along. We have a 6 year old staffrodshire terrier (a.k.a pitbull) so this makes it a little harder for us since we have be cautious on the BSL that some states have. If you don’t know what BSL means,
“breed-specific legislation –laws and regulations, enacted at the city or county level, that ban or restrict the keeping of dogs by breed, typically targeting pit bulls. Dogs like Rottweilers, Dobermans and chows are also frequently also affected by the laws.”
Research The States that have BSL laws against pitbull
In the US, there are over 36 states and 900 cities that have breed-specific legislation laws. That being said, you need to be super careful when traveling across the country with a pitbull. Looking at the map below, to sum it up the states in green are the ones that have BSL laws, The red are the states that have don’t have any restriction on breeds.
Look for ways to find exemptions to breed specific legislation. For example certain states only find the dog “aggressive” if it has cropped ears and/or a cropped tail.
If your pitbull or other “aggressive” breed is a registered service dog or emotional support dog, Most states legally can’t do anything about your dog and you have nothing to worry about. But like i said it depends on the state so do your research! There is also other exemptions such as microchipping,insurance, and training.
Plan Out Your Route
To make sure your pitbull is safe, be sure to plan out your route for which cities and states you can and can’t go through. Heres a map I found on Justice For Bullies. They have a map for BSL in the USA & Canada.