Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted Breed Dogs

Restricted Breed Dogs

A restricted dog breed is a breed whose importation into Australia is prohibited under the Commonwealth Customs (Prohibited Importations) Regulations 1956. These include; Perro de Presa Canario, Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.

If you own a dog listed in the breeds listed below, please contact the Council on 5624 2411 to discuss registration requirements.

Declared Dangerous Dogs

Council may declare a dog dangerous if:

  • It has caused the death of or serious injury to a person or animal by biting or attacking.
  • The dog is already declared as a menacing dog and its owner has received at least two infringement notices for failing to comply with menacing dog requirements.
  • The dog has been declared dangerous under a law of another State/Territory; or
  •  For any other reason prescribed under the Domestic Animal Act. 

Menacing Dogs

Council may declare a dog menacing if:

  • The dog has rushed at or chased a person.
  • The dog bites any person or animal causing injury to that person or animal that is not in the nature of a serious injury.
  • The dog has been declared dangerous under a law of another State/Territory.

‘Rush at’ means that the dog approaches a person to a distance of less than three metres in a menacing manner, displaying aggressive tendencies that may include snarling, growling and raised hackles.


 Restricted Dog Breed  Breed Image
 Perro de Presa Canario  Dogo_Canario.jpg
 American Pit Bull Terrier   AmericanPitBullTerrierpuppypicsdogspuppiesrednose-6.jpg




Japanese Tosa


 Fila Brasileiro  Fila_Brasileiro.jpg
 Dogo Argentino