What is a 'menacing dog'?

Last Updated : 26 Apr 2016
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A Pit Bull is not a breed, it’s a type, just like a hound, shepherd or retriever.

The Dog Control Act (1996) automatically classifies four breeds (Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and Perro de Presa Canario) and one type (American Pit Bull Terrier) as menacing dogs, no matter how they behave individually.

See the Auckland Council website for more information on identifying menacing dogs.

Please note: This information is provided as a guide only. It is not a substitute for an official Auckland Council Pit bull Type Breed Assessment, which can only be carried out by an authorised Animal Management Officer. Contact Auckland Council on 0800 462 685 if you would like to have a dog assessed.

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