Dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs
Report dangerous dogs to us
For safety reasons please report dogs that you think might be dangerous, menacing or restricted breed to us.
You can no longer register a restricted breed dog in Victoria.
What is a dangerous dog?
We may declare a dog to be dangerous if it has caused death or serious injury to a person or animal by biting or attacking.
If your dog is kept to guard non-residential premises it is classed as a dangerous dog under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. This status remains for life, even if the dog is no longer used for this purpose.
What is a menacing dog?
A dog may be declared menacing if it:
- rushes or chases person
- causes a non-serious bite injury to a person or animal.
A menacing dog must be muzzled and on a lead when in public.
How to tell if a dangerous or menacing dog might live at a property
- The dog is kept in a special enclosure or in the house.
- Dangerous dog signs are displayed at the property.
- The dog is kept as a guard dog or has been trained to attack people or animals.
- The dog wears a dangerous dog collar.
- The dog wears a muzzle when not enclosed.
Restricted breed dogs
You cannot register restricted breed dogs in Victoria.
Dog that are prohibited in Victoria are:
- American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier)
- Pit Bull crossbreeds
- Perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario)
- Dogo Argentino
- Japanese Tosa
- Fila Brasileiro.
A restricted breed dog can include any dog of a mixed breed that appears to include any of the above breeds.