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A bill continues to advance in Michigan that would prevent local governments from passing laws banning or restricting specific breeds.

Municipalities would still be permitted to enact other dangerous and potentially dangerous dog laws, so long as these laws do not target specific breeds.

The AKC supports House Bill 4035, which protects the rights of dog owners while still allowing communities to enact laws that hold all owners accountable.

What You Can Do:

House Bill 4035 has passed committee and could be scheduled soon for consideration by the full House of Representatives.

If you reside or participate in dog events in Michigan, please contact your Michigan state (House) representative and ask him/her to support House Bill 4035. Be sure to mention whether you are a constituent and/or if you attend shows in their district.

 To find the name and contact information for your State Representative, or the Representative where shows you attend are held, visit the AKC Legislative Action Center ( and type the address in the “Find Your Elected Officials” box.

For talking points about breed-specific legislation, Visit the Breed-Specific/Dangerous Dog Laws page in the AKC Legislative Action Center.

AKC Government Relations will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide more information as it becomes available.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at