Breed Specific Laws in California

If you know of any new bread specific legislation please send us a message so we can update the database. 

California was the first state to preempt BSL in 1989, although it does still currently provide for breed-specific spay/neuter requirements.   

City WebsiteView OrdinanceBreedsType of OrdinanceOrdinance Adopted
BarstowSection: 8.20Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredApril 2011
FontanaSection: 4-69Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredAugust 2011
GilroySection: 4.68Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredApril 2010
Highland Available upon request in the city clerk’s office.Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredN/A
HollisterSection: 6.20Pit Bulls & ChihuahuasMandatory Spayed/Neutered2010
LancasterSection: 6.08Pit Bulls & RottweilersMandatory Spayed/NeuteredDecember 2009
MantecaSection: 6.10Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredJanuary 2008
RiponSection: 6.56Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredJanuary 2006
Riverside CountySection: 6.08.125Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredJanuary 2006
RiversideSection: 8.21.040Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredOctober 2013
San Bernardino CountySection: 32.1501Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/Neutered2010
San FranciscoSection: 43Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredNovember 2005
Santa RosaSection: 7-30.210Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredApril 2006
Sonoma CountySection: 5-171Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/Neutered2006
YucaipaSection: 6.04.098Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredJanuary 2010
Yucca ValleySection: 10.02.175Pit BullsMandatory Spayed/NeuteredOctober 2013

Disclaimer. We take multiple steps to ensure the information on this site is accurate and up to date. However, since there are so many legislation bodies it is difficult to track all instances of breed specific legislation. If we are missing something or if we have an error please let us know and will get it corrected.

 Finally, information on this site is not intended to be used as legal advice. If you are facing BSL in your city, please reach out to your respect legislator or attorney.