Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs

Aggressive dogs

Dangerous dogs - declared

The City may declare an individual dog as dangerous if:
               (a)     the dog has caused injury or damage by an attack on, or chasing, a person, animal or vehicle; or
               (b)     the dog has, repeatedly, shown a tendency — 
                              (i)     to attack, or chase, a person, animal or vehicle even though no injury has been caused by that behaviour; or
                              (ii)    to threaten to attack.
Owners of dogs declared as dangerous must comply with the requirements of the Dog Act 1976 or face penalties, including fines.

Dangerous dogs - restricted breeds

The Dog Act 1976 and the Dog Regulations 2013 provide information on dangerous dogs (restricted breeds). Under the Dog Act a dangerous dog (restricted breed) is defined as a breed whose import into Australia is prohibited. Please see the WA Rangers Restricted Breed Dogs information for a list of current restricted breeds in WA. Please note this includes pure and cross breeds.

You must follow legislative requirements for keeping a restricted breed dog which includes mixed breeds.

More information and contact

Please contact Rangers Services for more information on barking or dangerous dogs on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected]



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Whadjuk Boodja
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Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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