A Dangerous Dog is a dog that the Council has declared dangerous because it has caused the death of or serious injury to a person or animal by biting or attacking. Councils can also declare dogs to be dangerous if the dog is a menacing dog and its owner has received at least 2 infringement notices for failing to comply with restraint requirements, if the dog has been declared dangerous under corresponding legislation in another State/Territory, or for any other reason prescribed.
A Guard Dog is a dog that is kept for the purpose of guarding non residential premises and is automatically a dangerous dog under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
A Menacing dog is a dog that the Council has declared Menacing due to it rushing or chasing a person, or causing a non serious bite injury to a person or animal. "Rush at" means that the dog has approached a person within 3 metres in a menacing manner, this includes displaying aggressive behaviour such as snarling, growling and raised hackles.
Restricted Breed Dog:
A Restricted Breed Dog is defined as dogs that fit the Victorian "Approved Standard" for an American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier), Perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario), Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, or Fila Brasileiro.
For further information on Dangerous Dogs, Guard Dogs, Menacing Dogs or Restrictred Breed Dogs, please click on the respective link to be taken to The Department of Environment and Primary Industries.