Owning Animals in Toronto: A list of Prohibited Animals

Most people are happy with getting a dog or a cat,  a bird or a fish,  a rabbit or even a hamster.  Not my wife.  She recently came across a website selling Teacup piglets and she fell in love.  After sitting through a barrage of on-line photos including these two:
(for proof that they weren’t too big)
Piglet in Boots
(I’m pretty sure she just liked the boots!)
And this one:
(to show me that well respected people owned pigs….or perhaps she was suggesting she really wanted a larger breed!)
She turned to a rather well rehearsed speech about all of the great features of the breed, and I found myself in a position where even I was contemplating the idea!  Unfortunately for my wife (and myself of course!) I decided to do a little research and it turns out that in the City of Toronto you are not allowed to own pigs. (Or for that matter hyaenas, anteaters,  wolves and tigers).
So for those of you out there that aren’t satisfied with owning one of the typical pets, here’s a list of the animals that you CAN’T get.City of Toronto Prohibited Animals:
  1. Artiodactyla (such as cattle, goats, sheep, pigs)
  2. Canidae (such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, hybrid wolf dogs) except dogs
  3. Chiroptera (bats such as fruit bats, myotis, flying foxes)
  4. Edentates (such as anteaters, sloths, armadillos)
  5. Felidae (such as tigers, leopards, cougars) except cats
  6. Hyaenidae (such as hyaenas)
  7. Lagomorpha (such as hares, pikas) except rabbits
  8. Marsupials (such as kangaroos, opossums, wallabies) except sugar gliders derived from self-sustaining captive populations
  9. Mustelidae (such as mink, skunks, weasels, otters, badgers) except ferrets
  10. Non-human primates (such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, lemurs)
  11. Perissodactyla (such as horses, donkeys, jackasses, mules)
  12. Proboscidae (elephants)
  13. Procyonidae (such as coatimundi, cacomistles)
  14. Rodentia (such as porcupines and prairie dogs) except rodents which do not exceed 1,500 grams and are derived from self-sustaining captive populations
  15. Ursidae (bears)
  16. Viverridae (such as mongooses, civets, genets)
  17. Anseriformes (such as ducks, geese, swans, screamers)
  18. Galliformes (such as pheasants, grouse, guineafowls, turkeys)
  19. Struthioniformes (flightless ratites such as ostriches, rheas, cassowaries, emus, kiwis)
  20. Crocodylia (such as alligators, crocodiles, gavials)
  21.  All snakes which reach an adult length larger than 3 metres
  22. All lizards which reach an adult length larger than 2 metres
  23. All venomous and poisonous animals


  1. Desmond Brent-Hurst says

    Exotic animals such as pigs, pigmy goats and capybara should be permitted if the owner has a special permit from the City of Toronto.

  2. TheMajidMalik says

    Can Dwarf Caimans be kept?

  3. i really want some type of a crocodile, would keeping a type under 4 feet be considered legal?

  4. You are allowed to own a fox but it depends on what type of Fox it is

  5. Courtney says

    How many ferrets can you own I know Oshawa its two but I am moving here and do they need too be licensed?

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