Prescribed breeds

All penalties are considerably higher for prescribed breeds

There are no 'banned' dog breeds in South Australia but there are five ‘prescribed breeds’ with restrictions that come with ownership.

Which breeds?

The five prescribed breeds are:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier;
  • Fila Braziliero;
  • Japanese Tosa;
  • Dogo Argentinia;
  • Presa Canario.

Prescribed breeds requirements

The person responsible for a prescribed breed is required to:

  • Effectively confine the dog to their property;
  • Muzzle the dog in public;
  • Keep the dog under the effective control by means of physical restraint in public;
  • Must produce evidence the dog is desexed, if requested by a council officer.

Prescribed breeds must not be sold or given away, or advertised it for purposes of sale or give away.