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Dangerous Dog Regulations and Legislation in TAS


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In accordance with the Dog Control Act 2000, the Tasmanian government requires all dog owners with dangerous dogs or restricted breed dogs to comply with the Act’s requirements or face large fines and penalties. Due to the increasing community concern over dog attacks, the purpose of this Act is to prevent attacks or possibilities of attacks on persons or animals from such dogs.

We have compiled a 1 page handy fact sheet containing all of the most important facts you need to know about dangerous and restricted dog breeds in Tasmania and guide you through the requirements of the Act. If you need more details, please read the Dangerous and Restricted Breed Dogs in TAS page or contact your local council.

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Table of Contents

Dangerous Dogs and Restricted Dogs in TAS
Breeding Dangerous Dogs - Is it allowed?
Dangerous Dog Collar - Do I need one in TAS?
Dog Owner Requirements in TAS - How do I comply?

Dangerous and Restricted Breed Dogs in TAS

The Act enumerates several provisions and obligations a dog owner must comply to if they own a Dangerous Dog or a Restricted Breed Dog. Dangerous Dogs are dogs that have been declared dangerous due to an attack that has caused serious injury to a person or animal. It is also possible to declare a dog dangerous without waiting for an attack if the council believes the dog is likely to cause serious injury.

Restricted Breed Dogs are dogs that have been banned from import into Australia under the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth including the following:

  • dogo Argentino
  • fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese tosa
  • American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
  • All dogs declared as restricted dogs in other States

Breeding Restricted and Dangerous Dogs in TAS

The owner of a Restricted Dog or a Dangerous Dog in Tasmania must ensure that the dog is de-sexed 28 days after the notice is received or 7 days after an order has been made that the dog is a declared Dangerous or Restricted Breed Dog.

Dangerous Dog Collar for Tasmania

A specially designed Dangerous Dog Collar is the main identifier of a Dangerous Dog or a Restricted Breed Dog in Tasmania. It is required that the dog must wear the collar at all times for easy identification in a distance that it is a dangerous or restricted breed dog. The collar is made out of durable metal materials with red and yellow stripes laid in an angle of 45 degrees where at least 1 colour is reflective for easy spotting in the dark. It can be securely fastened and attached to a leash and comes in 4 different sizes.

  • 15mm for dogs weighing less than 10kg
  • 25mm for dogs weighing 10kg to 20kg
  • 40mm for dogs weighing 20kg to 40kg
  • 50mm for dogs weighing over 40kg or more


TAS Dog Owner Obligations for Dangerous and Restricted Dogs

Dog owners with Dangerous or Restricted Breed Dogs in Tasmania are required to comply with the Dog Control Act 2000 requirements or face large fines and penalties. Some of the most important requirements are:

  • A Dangerous Dog Collar must be worn at all times.
  • A Dangerous Dog Warning Sign must be placed in all entrances of the premises.
  • The dog must always wear a Dog Muzzle and must be on leash handled by an adult at least 18 years of age when in public or away from the enclosure.
  • Dangerous Dogs and Restricted Breed Dogs must be de-sexed and microchipped.
  • The Enclosure of a Dangerous or Restricted Breed Dog must comply with reg 4 of the Dog Control Regulations 2010.
  • Buying, selling giving or transferring of ownership of a Dangerous or Restricted Breed Dog requires the approval of a local council.
  • Dangerous and Restricted Breed Dogs must not be allowed to stray or be abandoned.
  • A dog owner must not have more than 2 restricted breed dogs over 6 months of age.
  • The owner must inform the local council of the following:
    • ---- The dog dies
    • ---- The dog goes missing
    • ---- The dog strays
    • ---- The dog is lost
    • ---- The dog is sold or given away to another owner (Requires approval from a general manager)

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The information contained on this page is meant as a general guide and general advice only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. We recommend people follow the instructions of their local government department. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. The Dog Line offers this information freely and takes no responsibility for its accuracy. For more details, please contact your local council.