Restricted Dog Breeds


A restricted breed is a dog that is prohibited under the Dog (Restricted Breed) Regulation 2006 which includes the following breeds:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Presa Canario.

They may also be either a mixed breed that visibly contain any of the above prohibited breeds.

dogo Argentino
(Argentinian Fighting Dog)

Breed History
One of the few breeds developed in South America, the Dogo Argentino is the result of a breeding programme undertaken in the 1920s by an Argentinian breeder, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, to produce a puma and jaguar hunter.

Key Facts
First use: Game hunting, dog fighting
Use today: Companion.
Life expectancy: 10-11 years.
Weight range: 36-45 kg.
Height range: 61-69 cm.

filo Brasileiro
(Brazilian Mastiff / Brazilian Fighting Dog)

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Breed History
One of Brazil’s two native breeds (the other one being the rare Brazilian Tracker), this powerful mastiff was developed from Spanish and Portuguese mastiffs and Bloodhounds in order to track and control livestock and large game.

Key Facts
First use: Tracking, large game hunting.
Use today: Companion, security.
Life expectancy: 9-11 years.
Weight range: 41-50 kg.
Height range: 61-76 cm.

Tosa Inu
(Tosa Fighting Dog / Japanese Fighting Dog)

Breed History
Initially bred in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture, from crosses between native Shikoku fighting dogs and imported mastiffs, Great Danes, bulldogs, and bull terriers, this breed was once called the Japanese Mastiff.

Key Facts
First use: Dog fighting.
Use today: Companion.
Life expectancy: 9-11 years.
Weight range: 89.5-90.5 kg.
Height range: 62-65 cm.

American Pit Bull Terrier
(Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull)

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Breed History
Throughout the World dogs have, at one time or another, been bred to fight. This breed descends from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with other fighting dogs, including the extinct fighting Bulldog.

Key Facts
First use: Dog fighting.
Use today: Companion.
Life expectancy: 12 years.
Weight range: 14-36 kg.
Height range: 46-56 cm.

Perro de Presa Canario

Breed History
The Canario has recently been reborn, although once near extinction. The Canary Islands belonging to Spain were actually named for the fierce dogs found there, not for its little yellow singing birds. From the Latin cane came the “Island of the Dogs.” These tough, smooth-coated, livestock and farm dogs, called Bardino Majero, were probably similar to the Perro de Pastor Mallorquin and the Cao de Castro Labor-eiro and were present before Hispanic times.

Key Facts
Country: Spain.
Weight: 84-110 pounds maximum.
Height: 211/2-251/2 inches.
Coat: Short, smooth, but coarse.
Colour: Brindles, fawn; some white permissible.
Other Names: Canary Dog.
Group: Mastiff.

Restricted Breed pictures and information have been obtained from WA Rangers Association.


There are a considerable number of restrictions that must be strictly adhered to before you can own a “restricted breed” dog.

Please Contact Us for more information regarding “restricted breed” dogs.