Dangerous dogs and restricted breeds

Under the Dog Act 1976, the Town of Victoria Park may declare a dog “dangerous” if it attacks, shows a tendency to attack, or repeatedly rushes, threatens, or chases people or animals. 

If your dog is declared dangerous, you’ll have stricter requirements placed on you as the owner, as well as a doubling of modified penalties. 

Restricted breeds 

Legislation introduced by the Western Australian Government means that special requirements apply when owning a dog that is considered a dangerous dog (restricted breed). 

Dangerous dogs (restricted breeds) are: 

  • Dogo Argentino (Argentinean Fighting Dog) 
  • Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Fighting Dog) 
  • Japanese Tosa 
  • American Pit Bull Terrier 
  • Pit Bull Terrier breeds 
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario 

This includes dogs that are mixed with these breeds. 

Special requirements 

  • Owners of restricted breeds must be over 18 years of age 
  • Restricted breed dogs must be sterilised 
  • Restricted breeds are not to be bred 
  • The dog must wear specified collars 
  • Signs must be visible at the dog’s home 
  • Fences/enclosures must escape proof and childproof 
  • Dogs must be on a leash and muzzled when in a public place 
  • The dog must be controlled by persons over 18 years of age 
  • New owners are to be advised that the dog is a restricted breed 
  • Local government is to be advised if the dog escapes, dies or there is a change of ownership. 

Fines and Penalties 

Fines and penalties may apply as listed under the Dog Act 1976

Additional Information

Dangerous dogs and restricted breed 

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