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Restricted dogs

Regulated dogs

In Queensland, regulated dogs are:

  • restricted dogs
  • declared dangerous dogs
  • declared menacing dogs.

Once your dog is declared a regulated dog, you have to follow certain conditions and you require a permit from your local council.

Restricted dogs

Under the Customs Act 1901, the following breeds are restricted dogs:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.

Declared dangerous and menacing dogs

An authorised local government officer can declare a dog to be dangerous or menacing if it:

  • has attacked, or acted in a way that caused fear to, a person or another animal
  • may, in the opinion of an authorised person, seriously attack or act in a way that causes fear to a person or animal.

All restricted, declared dangerous and menacing dogs must be microchipped, wear an identification tag, be kept in an enclosure with a sign displayed, and be kept under effective control.

Note: Declared dangerous dogs and restricted dogs must also be desexed and muzzled in public.

Dog attacks

Contact your local council if you have seen an incident or been the subject of a dog attack. Seek medical attention if needed.

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Last updated
27 January 2015

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