The Dog Act (1976) has special requirements for restricted breeds, these dogs include;
- Dogo Argentino (Argentinean fighting dog)
- Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian fighting dog)
- Japanese Tosa
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
- and any dog that is a mix of these breeds
Contact the Ranger Services who will be able to assist you with further information relating to the ownership requirements of restricted breed dogs.
If the dog can be identified as a full or part breed of any of the restricted breed types then yes it would be considered a restricted breed and the responsibilities of keeping a restricted breed dog will apply to you.
No. Restricted breed dogs must be muzzled and on a lead when outside of the required secure enclosure. If you have a restricted breed dog you should familiarise yourself with your responsibilities under the Dog Act (Restricted Breed) regulations 2002.