Restricted dog breeds

The Tasmanian Government places restrictions on certain breeds of dogs which, because of their size, temperament or other characteristics, are considered to be dangerous and are therefore subject to additional controls.

The following breeds of dog have been declared to be ‘restricted breeds’ in Tasmania:

  • American Pit Bull or Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
  • any other breed, kind or description of dog that is prohibited from being imported into Australia under the Customs Act 1901 (which currently only includes the breeds listed here).

Requirements for restricted dogs

The owner or a person in charge of a restricted breed dog must ensure that:

  • the dog is desexed and implanted with an approved microchip
  • when in a public place, the dog is:
         - on a lead that is less than 2 metres long, is sufficient to control and restrain the dog and held by hand
         - muzzled so that it can’t bite a person or animal
         - under the control of a person of at least 18 years of age
  • the dog wears an approved restricted breed collar at all times
  • the premises where the dog is kept displays approved restricted breed warning signs on every entrance.

Approved restricted breed collars and warning signs can only be obtained from local councils. 

You may be fined if you do not comply with the above requirements.

More information

To find out more about restricted dog breeds, you can view the Dog Control Act 2000 (external link).