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Prescribed Breeds of Dogs

There are five prescribed breeds of dogs that are identified in the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, these are:

 Dogo Argentino Dogo Argentino   Presa Canario

Presa Canario

 Fila Brasiliero Fila Brasiliero
 American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier

 Japanese Tosa

Japanese Tosa

These five breeds are able to be kept by residents as long as they are registered as prescribed breeds, are effectively confined to the owner's property, wear a muzzle and lead no longer than two metres at all times whilst in public (even in off leash areas), have the dog desexed (and provide proof of desexing if asked by Council), and must not advertise, sell or give the dog away.

No breed of dog is banned In South Australia. The prescribed breeds are all Mastiff type dogs that, at some time in their history were specifically bred for fighting. Being Mastiff types, they are large powerful animals and, because they were bred for fighting, they have extraordinary courage or 'gameness'. Individuals of these breeds are not inherently dangerous or 'bad' dogs but because of selective breeding over centuries, they are powerful, game and very effective fighters. As a result, they require particularly responsible ownership and the people who choose to own them must recognise the potential of these prescribed breeds and take additional safeguards to ensure the safety of the public, other animals and their own families. These breeds are not recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council so there is no Australian breed standard and the size and colour of individuals may vary considerably.

Because there is no Australian breed standard in relation to these dogs, many residents may report other breeds of dog to Council as a prescribed breed. Some of the breeds reported to Council as prescribed breeds, particularly as American Pit Bull Terriers, are often similar in appearance, but have no restrictions placed on owners. These include, but are not restricted to:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier  Staffordshire Bull Terrier   Continental Bulldog Continental
 American Bully American Bully   Old English Bulldog Old English Bulldog
 Alano Espanol Alano Espanol  American Bulldog American Bulldog
 American Mastiff American Mastiff  American Staffordshire Bull Terrier American Staffordshire
Bull Terrier
 Australian Bulldog Australian Bulldog  Australian Miniature Bulldog Australian Miniature Bulldog
 Banter Bulldog  Banter Bulldog  Bulldog Bulldog
 Bullmastiff Bullmastiff  Dogue De Bordeaux Dogue De Bordeaux
 Mastiff Mastiff   Mini Bull Terrier Mini Bull Terrier
 Original Bulldog Original Bulldog  Shar pei  

Shar pei

All of these dog breeds, and many similar breeds, are able to be owned by residents with only the standard restrictions regarding registration applicable. 

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