Restricted or dangerous dogs require special consideration. Find out what is required if you own a restricted or dangerous dog.
Restricted breeds of dogs in NSW include:
- American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino (Argentinian Fighting Dog)
- Fila Brasiliero (Brazillian Fighting Dog)
- Any other dog of a breed, kind or description whose importation into Australia is prohibited by or under the Australian Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth
- Any dog declared by a Council to be a dog from the restricted breed of dog list or a cross breed from this list.
It is an offence to sell, acquire or breed any of the dogs listed above.
A dog is “dangerous” if it has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal, or, repeatedly threated to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal.
A dog may also be declared “dangerous” if it has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal.
“Dangerous dogs” in NSW are dogs that are the subject of a declaration made by a Council or a Court under the Companion Animals Act 1998.
If you are the owner of a “dangerous dog” there are strict guidelines you must follow in order to keep your dog under control.