Your Breed Specific Legislation questions answered

Firstly – don’t panic!


Read the notice carefully and ensure you comply with everything it states immediately – you must ensure your dog is microchipped and registered if it wasn’t already, and you mustn’t take them out of the house without a muzzle. Not complying with either of these risks your dog being seized, so please make sure you do.


You will need to call the Department of Local Government (number listed on your notice) and request a list of Breed Assessors. You’ll need to then book in for an assessment with one of them. The assessment costs $82.50 plus travel costs. You have 28-days to get the assessments done so act quickly.

There are three possible outcomes to this assessment:

  1. Your dog is assessed as a PURE BRED ‘Pit Bull’ or American Pit Bull Terrier. Your dog will become a restricted dog and you will need to comply with stringent requirements in order to keep your dog. In our experience this outcome happens very rarely – Due to a 20+ year import ban on ‘Pit Bull’ dogs there are very few dogs an assessor would consider ‘pure bred’ left.
  2. Your dog is assessed as a MIXED BREED dog with no ‘Pit Bull’. Your dog is not considered restricted and there are no restrictions on keeping him or her.
  3. Your dog is assessed as a PIT BULL CROSS. You will need to go on to book a Temperament Assessment to determine if your dog is likely, without provocation, to attack a person or animal. You can obtain a list of assessors from calling the same number for the DLG again. You are liable for the cost and each assessor sets their own price.

If your dog is assessed as likely to attack without provocation, then your dog will be classified as restricted and you will have to comply with the keeping requirements for a Restricted dog.


If your dog is assessed as NOT likely then your dog is not restricted and is treated like any other dog.


Please don’t skip doing these assessments – if you don’t do them within 28 days your dog will automatically be declared Restricted and you’ve lost your right of appeal!

Unfortunately, the Act doesn’t differentiate between attacks on people or animals.

There are no government approved guidelines for how the assessment is structured. Basically an assessor just needs to convince the DLG that they know their stuff to be approved, and then it is up to them how the test is run and what is a pass or fail.


For this reason some assessors are very fair, and others are not at all. We encourage anyone needing assessment to call more than one person on the list and specifically ask them what the test entails and what is a pass or fail. If anyone needs help finding a temp assessor they can contact us too.

DNA is not admissible and can’t be used to prove whether your dog is or isn’t a “Pit Bull,” mix, or type.

No. Unless you have ANKC pedigree papers for your dog, it won’t matter what he/she has been registered as. Council can still issue a Notice of Intention to declare your dog restricted but if your dog is not microchipped or registered, Council could then seize him/her, so it’s important those are done.

No, the legislation covers all dogs regardless of their circumstances.

No, you can only have a breed assessment done if you have been issued a Notice of Intention by a council.



If your dog has an appearance that could potentially get him or her caught up in this legislation, make sure he/she is chipped AND registered with Council. If they aren’t, then the Council can seize your dog after issuing a Notice of Intention.

If you receive a Notice and you need any sort of assistance, advice or even just moral support please contact us.