Menacing Dog Breeds

There are only four breeds and one type of dog classified as menacing in New Zealand.

Breed of dog:

Brazilian Fila

Dogo Argentino

Japanese Tosa

Perro de Presa Canario

Type of dog:

American Pit Bull Terrier


These dogs are not permitted to be imported into the country, must be desexed and muzzled when in public. Dogs of other breeds or types may also be classified as menacing or dangerous if they have shown threatening or aggressive traits.