Dog Classification


Menacing Dog Classification

Council are required to classify dogs belonging to a certain breed or type, as menacing under Section 33C Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996.

Please select the following link to find information relating to this section.

Menacing Dogs Dog Control Act 1996

There are rules that owners must comply with if dogs in your posession have been classified as menacing.

You will be issued with a notice explaining what  these rules are.

Dangerous Dog classification

There are rules that owners must comply with if dogs in your posession have been classified as Dangerous. You will be issued with a notice explaining what these rules are.

Please select the following link to find information relating to the Dangerous dog section of the

 2016 Effects of Classification as Menacing and Dangerous Dogs

Pitbull Classification Policy

The term "American Pitbull Terrier" has been slightly ambiguous.  For the purpose of a consistant interpretation we do not consider the dog as a breed, rather it is a construct of features.  To clarify what is considered to be a 'Pitbull' we have established a classification policy to ensure a consistent application of what we consider to be a 'Pitbull'.  The Pitbull Classification Policy can be viewed here.

Working Dog Classification

Not all farm dogs can be registered as a working dog.  The Dog Control Act 1996 is very specific about the interpretation of a working dog. 

Please select the following link for information relating to the classification of working dogs.

If you have a breed of dog that would not normally be classified as a working dog, please organise a time with one of our Animal Control Officers to come and observe your dog performing working dog duties.

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