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City of Greater Dandenong Animal Management

City of Greater Dandenong Animal Management

Restricted Dog Breeds

Restricted breed dogs are five specific breeds of dogs. They have not attacked a person or animal or displayed signs of aggression, but they are considered a higher risk to community safety than other breeds of dogs. A restricted breed cannot be imported into Australia or to Victoria from interstate.

Restricted dog breeds

  • 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 are known to be in Victoria.

The State Government has a standard for identifying Pit Bull terrier type dogs. All dogs fitting the standard, except where exemptions are given by the standard, are considered a restricted breed dog.

Conditions for restricted dog breeds

  • These dogs must be muzzled and leashed when outside of the property
  • When outside of the property they must be under the care of a person over 17 years of age
  • Warning signs must be displayed at all entrances to property
  • Dog must be microchipped
  • Dog must be desexed
  • Full price registration applies - no concession or reduced fee applies



Any incidences of these laws and conditions not being abided by must be reported as soon as possible. The matter will be investigated by a Local Laws Officer and the outcome advised.

Report a dangerous dog by contacting Council or filling in an online report form.