Dangerous dogs & restricted breeds
Under the Dog Act 1976 , the City of Swan 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 the doubling of modified penalties.
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.
- Owners of restricted breeds must be over 18 years of age
- Restricted breed dogs must be sterilised
- Restricted breeds are not to be bred
- Dog must wear specified collars
- Signs must be visible at the dog’s home
- Fences/enclosures must be escape and child proof
- Dogs must be on a leash and muzzled when in a public place
- Dog must be controlled by persons over 18 years of age
- New owners to be advised that the dog is a restricted breed
- Local government to be advised if the dog escapes, dies or there is a change of ownership.
View the restricted breeds information sheet(PDF, 108KB) .
Fines and Penalties
Fines and penalties may apply as listed under the Dog Act 1976.