What is a Dangerous Dog & A Restricted Dog Breeds
Dogs of any breed can be formally declared dangerous by a council or court if the dog, without provocation has attacked or killed a person or animal, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal, or is kept or used for hunting.
Restricted dog breeds (Section 55 Companion Animals Act 1998) include:
- American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
- Japanese tosa
- Dogo Argentino (Argentinian fighting dog)
- Filo Brasileiro (Brazilian mastiff)
- Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario (Canary mastiff)
- Any other dog of a breed, kind or description whose importation into Australia is prohibited by or under the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth
- Any dog declared by an authorised officer of a Council under Division 6 of the act to be a restricted dog
- Any other dog of a breed, kind or description prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of the act.
A dog can also be declared as restricted if it is a cross-breed of these restricted dog breeds.