Dangerous & restricted dogs

There is no single type of dog that attack. A dog attack can include any incident where a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal, whether or not any injury is caused to the animal or person. 

Whilst it is true that certain breeds have traits that give a dog a lower threshold to biting or attacking, it does not mean all dogs of this breed or breeds will attack or bite. It is important to understand that ANY dog can attack or bite. 

If you have been attacked by a dog, you can report it to our Customer Service Centre during business hours. Or if it is a severe attack, or it is after hours, you can report it to the Police on 000. 

We will investigate all dog attacks reported to us, however to do so we need as much detail as possible, including a description of the dog, the type of attack and circumstance in which the attack occurred and the location of the attack. 

Once a dog has been declared dangerous or menacing, owners must keep their dog in compliance with the requirements of legislation

Restricted dogs

In NSW, a restricted dog is one of the following:

  • American pitbull terrier or Pitbull terrier
  • Japanese tosa
  • Dogo Argentino (Argentinean fighting dog)
  • Fila Brasiliero (Brazilian fighting dog)
  • Any other dog of a breed, kind or description, whose importation into Australia is prohibited by, or under, the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth.
  • Any dog declared by an authorised officer of a council, under division 6 of the Companion Animals Act 1998, to be a restricted dog.

If you are an owner of a restricted dog, you must comply with strict control requirements.

Information on Restricted Dogs can be found here