In Queensland, regulated dogs are prescribed under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and include:
- restricted dogs
- declared dangerous dogs
- declared menacing dogs.
You must not keep a restricted dog unless the relevant local government has issued you a restricted dog permit. 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 or
- may, in the opinion of an authorised person having regard to the way the dog has behaved towards a person or another animal, seriously attack or act in a way that causes fear to a person or animal.
Requirements for keeping regulated dogs
Once a dog has been declared dangerous or menacing or if it is a restricted dog, the owner must comply with certain requirements including:
- microchipping the dog
- keeping the dog in an enclosure approved by local council that complies with a strict set of requirements including that it is child-proof and the dog is not able to escape or protrude from it
- displaying a sign/public notice at or near each entrance to the place where the dog is kept to notify the public a regulated dog is kept there
- keeping a distinctive collar with a yellow identification tag with the words “Regulated Dog” on the dog at all times
- keeping the dog under effective control when in a public place by someone who has the control of no more than one dog at the same time (i.e. on a leash being held by a physically capable adult)
- desexing the dog (dangerous and restricted dogs only)
- muzzling the dog when it is in a public place (dangerous and restricted dogs only)
- obtaining a permit from the relevant local council (restricted dogs only)
- following all relevant local council laws including registering the dog.
From 1 January 2022 the distinctive collar must meet the following requirements:
- yellow and red striped with a yellow identification tag
- each stripe must be 25 millimetres wide and set diagonal to the rim of the collar at an angle of 45 degrees
- at least one of the colours must be sufficiently reflective to be visible in low light
- be made of durable materials
- be able to be securely fastened to the dog.
For more information contact your local council.
Contact your local council if you have seen an incident or been the subject of a dog attack. Seek medical attention if needed.