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    I passed by a really cute bully dog being walked the other day... I thought she was a staffy and I commented how cute she was. The owner told me she was a pitbull, which surprised me because the pitbulls my friend in Japan owned were much bigger (about the same size as a Rottweiler - this dog wasn't a puppy and was shorter than a whippet). I said something like "Oh! Aren't they illegal here?" and the owner said "No way!" so now I'm just curious. Are there smaller pitbulls that are allowed in Queensland? Or am I just very confused?

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    In my experience pitbulls are usually between an Amstaff and a SBT in size and a bit different in shape - bigger shoulders.
    But it's hard to tell because there are no legal ones left in SA. According to one of the USA breed standards pitbulls should max out at about 21" at the shoulder - and that's about the minimum height for a female Rotti ie rotties should be quite a bit taller, maybe 5" taller at least.

    In QLD it isn't legal to own one that isn't desexed, and it must be muzzled when out in public. But you can own one with a permit and provided you meet all the relevant conditions. A restricted breed (an American PitBull Terrier APBT is one) is treated as a dangerous dog - and must meet the same conditions about being properly secured in a dedicated dog run at home, and muzzled and on lead when out.

    I think the Northern Territory and ACT are the only places left where they aren't restricted. But they are still a banned import.

    However if you see someone who has an undesexed dog with no muzzle in QLD and most other states, and the owner says it's a pitbull - I would suggest to them they say it's an Amstaff to keep themselves and their dog out of doggy jail, since with dogs - its guilty until proven innocent and that's going to be hard to do if the owner provides the breed label.

    Or I would just say nice dog and walk away.

    http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LE...08/08AC074.pdf
    63 What is a restricted dog
    (1) A restricted dog is a dog of a breed prohibited from
    importation into Australia under the Customs Act 1901
    (Cwlth).
    Note—
    See the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (Cwlth),
    section 3 and schedule 1 (Goods the importation of which is prohibited
    absolutely).
    (2) Also, a dog is a restricted dog if it is the subject of a restricted
    dog declaration.
    and this applies.
    3 Muzzling and effective control in public
    (1) A relevant dog must not be in a public place unless it is—
    (a) muzzled; and
    (b) under the effective control of someone who has the
    control of no more than 1 dog at the same time.

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    Lol there is no such thing as a smaller Pitbull and there is such a variation in breeding that most Pitties don't actually look like an American Pit Bull Terrier should. They are a mix of AmStaff and APBT.

    As far as I am aware there are no councils that allow APBT's to be registered in QLD any more. Moreton Bay council was the only one but they were changing that. But really they are everywhere. Most people are smart enough to not go around telling people they have a APBT though.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Interesting! You learn something new every day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Lol there is no such thing as a smaller Pitbull and there is such a variation in breeding that most Pitties don't actually look like an American Pit Bull Terrier should. They are a mix of AmStaff and APBT.

    As far as I am aware there are no councils that allow APBT's to be registered in QLD any more. Moreton Bay council was the only one but they were changing that. But really they are everywhere. Most people are smart enough to not go around telling people they have a APBT though.
    A month or so ago myself and Brock met a dog at the beach that IMO was as close to the ideal looking APBT that I've seen since my mates dog died. I was unsure what to do. I didn't know whether to advise the owner of the new BSL rules or whether to just let them be. Brock has a little play with this dog and I just let it be(deer in the headlights scenario). I haven't seen the dog since and I still wish I'd given them some advice about the new laws ...

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    Most of the scary looking dogs I've met out in public dog off leash places have been very well behaved. Occasionally there's one that isn't but it's usually well defended by its owner.

    There's way too many Lab "he's friendly and in your face" dog owners who would blame you if your dog objected and if you've got something that looks dangerous - the ranger, unless you luck on one that's really dog savvy, is going to take the friendly lab owner's side. Not worth the risk and most owners of those dogs know it.

    I don't know why some people say "my dog's a pitbull", they might as well advertise "I'm a drug runner" or something equally dumb. How hard is it to say staffy cross? Especially when their dog is being a gorgeous friendly loveable pooch.

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