Restricted Dog Breeds
(Restricted Breeds) Regulations 2002
covering the ownership and handling of restricted breed dogs in Western Australia were gazetted in March 2002. The legislation is provided for under Section 53 of the Dog Act 1976.
The regulations define restricted breeds as those dogs whose importation into Australia has been prohibited under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.
Restricted Dog Breeds
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Argentinean Fighting Dog (Dogo Argentino)
- Brazilian Fighting Dog (Fila Brasilerio)
- Japanese Tosa
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Presa Canario
Restricted breeds also include a mixed breed of any of the above.
Ownership Regulations of Restricted Breeds
Effective March 2006 owners of restricted breeds must register their dog from 3 months of age, stating the breed of dog on the registration form, and from six months of age must provide proof that the dog is sterilised to an authorised officer of the Local Government.
In addition owners must:
- Be over 18 years of age to own a restricted breed
- Display "Dangerous Dog" warning signs at all entrances to the property
- Ensure that fencing at the premises is well maintained and be escape proof and child proof
- Ensure the dog is wearing a "dangerous/restricted dog" collar at all times
- Notify prospective owners in writing that the dog is a restricted breed
- Notify the City's Ranger Services on 9400 4960 within 24 hours of an incident occurring, if the dog dies, moves to other premises or changes owners.
One person is only able to own a maximum of two restricted breed dogs, unless a permit has been applied for, and subsequently granted by the City.
Public Place Regulations
- The dog must be on a leash or chain and muzzled at all times
- Be under the control of a person 18 years of age or over
- No minors are to be in control of a restricted breed dog in a public place.
A maximum penalty of $5,000 applies to any breach of these regulations.
The regulations also provide authorised officers with extra powers for seizure and destruction where regulations have been contravened. These regulations apply to all restricted breeds regardless of temperament or behavioural history.
For further information relating to the keeping of a restricted breed please contact the City's Ranger Services on 9400 4960.