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Breed restrictions       started by JodiS on 20 Apr 2010   (22740)
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From JodiS

20 Apr 2010 7:25 AM
(108139)
I am possibly moving to Melbourne from the United States and have been researching to see if there are breed restrictions on Pit Bulls because I own one. I found in several articles that there are not restrictions as long as I follow certain guidelines (ie. non-fighting, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, etc). On Aussiemove.com I found that Pit Bulls are not allowed. Can someone please verify whether or not Pit Bulls are, or are not, allowed to be brought into Australia? I really don't want to have to leave my boy behind! Thank you!
From tisme

To JodiS

20 Apr 2010 9:46 AM
(108140)
Here in WA, there is a ban on importing them, no idea about Melbourne, you could try emailing vic@edba.org.au this is the contact address for the Endangered Dog Breed Association.
From tisme

To JodiS

20 Apr 2010 9:58 AM
(108141)
Just found this on the AQUIS website, so it looks like a no, you can't import a pitbull into australia, http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs/faqs, look at the question 'What breeds cannot be imported into australia'.
From JodiS

To tisme

20 Apr 2010 10:08 AM
(108142)
I read that. But in reading other articles, not within this site, I have read otherwise. So that's why I am asking. The other articles that I have read are recent whereas the one that you refer to dates July, 2009.
From tisme

To JodiS

20 Apr 2010 10:14 AM
(108143)
The imformation on the AQUIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services) website would be up to date. To have this confirmed you could contact them from the bottom of the page on the link, http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs/faqs
From poppymos

To JodiS

20 Apr 2010 11:52 AM
(108144)
Found a UK based website dated January of this year which states that pit bull terriers and American pit bulls are not eligible for import to Australia. http://www.moving-to-melbourne.co.uk/news/?p=834 This is the passage I was looking at..... Eligibility Dogs and cats must have been continuously living in the country of export for a minimum of 6 months immediately prior to export or since birth. No pets will be eligible for export if they are under 12 weeks of age OR if your pet is a female she must not be suckling young or be more than 3 weeks pregnant. It is also worthwhile pointing out that there are certain breeds of dogs and cats that are not eligible for import to Australia, these are:
From JodiS

To poppymos

20 Apr 2010 12:02 PM
(108145)
Thank you for your help, even though it's definitely not what I wanted to hear.
From poppymos

To JodiS

20 Apr 2010 12:04 PM
(108146)
I'm really sorry. No one likes to be the bearer of bad news. Paula x
From JodiS

To tisme

20 Apr 2010 12:07 PM
(108147)
Thank you very much for your help. Unfortunately I didn't find the answer that I wanted, which was to be able to bring my dog.
From tisme

To JodiS

20 Apr 2010 2:09 PM
(108148)
There had been dog attack's in the past by Pit Bulls, which lead to the ban. Unfortunately a small minority of bad pet owners spoilt it for responsible pet owners.
From JodiS

To tisme

20 Apr 2010 2:19 PM
(108149)
My friend told me about those and showed me a recent news c
From Kris+Rob

To JodiS

24 Apr 2010 8:36 PM
(108189)
I have been bitten on three seperate occasions by dogs, none of which were classifed as 'dangerous' breeds.
From JodiS

To Kris+Rob

25 Apr 2010 12:32 AM
(108192)
Thank you for that! I always like it when people speak up about having bad experiences that do not include Pits. I have my one Red Nose Pit and a Boxer/Pit mix. They are so awesome that I started fostering Pits for a rescue. Right now I have a total of 6 dogs in my house and only one (my own 3rd dog...lab mix) does not have any Pit in him. So that makes 2 females and 3 males that have Pit in them, and they all get along fabulously! The only time any of the dogs get crated is when I leave the house. Otherwise, they all coexist together. If you think back through the years, depending on which movie was popular, 'bad' breeds have changed. Dobermans and St. Bernards were feared for years due to movies. Pits just happen to be the breed of choice lately because of all of the fighting rings that have been busted. Unfortunately, bad people bring up bad dogs....BUT this holds true with ANY breed of dog out there.