Whitehorse City Council

Dangerous, Menacing or Restricted Dogs

Dangerous Dogs

If a dog attacks a person or animal causing serious injury, it can be declared dangerous by Council. It can be declared dangerous if it is trained, or being trained, for attack or guard-dog purposes, or has previously been declared dangerous by another council. 

You are required to notify Council if and when:

  • You commence guard dog or attack training of any dog
  • You move to a new Council with a dog previously declared dangerous
  • The dog that has been declared dangerous attacks or injures a person or animal
  • The dog that has been declared dangerous is missing
  • Change in ownership of the dog that has been declared dangerous

Menacing Dogs 

If a dog rushes at or chases a person, or if a dog has been declared a menacing dog by another Council, Council may declare the dog to be menacing.

Restricted Breed Dogs

The state government has introduced legislation to restrict the keeping of 'Restricted Breed Dogs'. There are conditions associated with the keeping of restricted breed dogs. The following breeds are included in this category:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Pit Bull Terrier

Dogs declared Restricted Breed Dogs either by an Authorised Officer of Council or by the owner must be identified by an implanted microchip. The state government has developed a Victorian Declared Dog Registry where councils must record all dogs declared Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted Breeds. This registry holds the information of the dog’s owner, the dog's microchip number, a description of the dog and the location where the dog is kept.

For more information, please read the pdf icon Restricted Breed Dogs (269.33kB) brochure produced by the Victorian Government.