Restricted Breed and Dangerous Dogs

In 2011, the Victorian Government tightened up the statewide laws for keeping dogs of a restricted breed.

There are five restricted breeds in Victoria. Dogs of these breeds are considered to pose a higher risk to community safety than other breeds of dogs.

The following dog breeds are restricted in Victoria:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier)
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario).

Only the American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier) and one dogo Argentino is known to be in Victoria.

From 30 September 2011, all dogs fitting the Standard, except where exemptions are given by the Standard, are considered a restricted breed dog.

Restricted breed dogs must be muzzled and on a leash while outside in public places.

More information on the regulations is available from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

What is Council doing to protect people?

In September 2011, Council's Animal Management officers began visiting local properties where dogs that are potentially of a restricted breed are kept.

New statewide hotline

Council encourages people to report any concerns they have that a local dog is of a restricted breed, whether by contacting a new State Government hotline or by calling us directly. 

People can make a report by calling the new hotline on 1300 101 080, between 8am-6pm daily. The information received will be forwarded on to the relevant Council which will investigate the report. The hotline should not be used in an emergency. If people are in immediate danger they should phone 000.

If you would like to report any concerns about local dogs to Council directly, please contact us on 9205 5166 or 9205 5555 (after hours).

Dangerous dogs

If your dog rushes at someone or acts dangerously, Council can issue fines and declare your dog to be a menace or dangerous.

There are very strict controls on the housing, exercising and ownership of menacing/dangerous dogs.

If a dog is found to be dangerous, it will be added to the statewide Victorian Declared Dog Registry.

If you are attacked by a dog or witness an attack, contact Council immediately on 9205 5166 or 9205 5555 (after hours).

Further information
Compliance Branch
9205 5166

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