Dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs

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. 

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.

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. 

  • 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.

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.

Contact us on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au to make a report, as soon as possible after you see or experience a potentially dangerous dog.