Can Pit Bulls Travel to Australia?

Questions About Pit Bull Transport to Australia


Hello PetRelocation,

I am originally from the Gold Coast and currently live in New York. We are looking into moving back to Australia but I now have two adopted pups, both Pit Bull mixes (one is mixed with what we think is a Weimaraner and the other a Lab). Online it looks like they will need to undergo a temperament test. I am wondering where I can find out more information and whether we can do this in New York?

Our dogs are very well behaved and we have never had any aggression problems but I am nervous about the travel. What happens if they are not allowed in? Does that mean we would return to New York?

I appreciate any help.

Thank You,



Hi Jacinta,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, Australia is pretty strict about pet imports, and as of this post Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are not allowed to be imported into the country.

Please refer to the official Australia government website for verification of this restriction. Essentially, if your dogs look they are in any way mixed with a Pit Bull they cannot be brought into the country, regardless of their temperament.

Sorry to be the bearer of this news, Jacinta. International pet travel rules can often seem harsh, especially when it comes to breeds. If you have any questions you think we can help with, though, you're welcome to contact us to speak to a pet travel specialist.

Good luck with everything and thanks again for reaching out!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Jacinta
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Mix
From: New York, USA
To: Sydney, Australia


PetRelocation Team




United States, Australia


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By Julia Lin on July 27, 2018 at 3:58 pm

I'm thinking of adopting a dog from the shelter identified as Border Collie / maybe Pit Mix. Will I be able to bring this dog to Australia? I understand a lot of it goes by appearance/ I've been looking up Staffies and Pitbull images, but I'm having a hard time identifying the two. Does he look much like a Pitbull?!

By on July 30, 2018 at 9:40 am

Hi Julia! If you would like to confirm your pet’s import eligibility, I suggest contacting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection directly. You can find their contact information by going to the Australian Department of Agriculture website here and clicking “Step 2: Confirm Eligibility”. Hope this helps!

By John on May 7, 2018 at 2:40 am

Hello there... I am trying about 6 months to find a way to transfer my American Staffordshire Terrier to Australia,specific in Melbourne from Greece,but i ca't find anyway to bring her.I know that needs a lot of exams,but my problem is that i can't find any aιrline to accept the breed. Please any information is a gift for me. Thank's a lot, John

By on May 8, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Hi John! Our research indicates that Qantas has lifted their travel ban on Staffordshire Terriers! so you could try reaching out to them for a Here is a guide about booking travel on Qantas. They typically require an authorized pet shipper to book flights for your pup. If we can help in any way, please feel free to fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Hope this helps!

By Karla on January 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm

Do you have any information about American Bully?

By on January 22, 2018 at 11:39 am

Hello Karla,

According to the Australian Department of Agriculture website, the American Bully is not included under restricted breeds. If you have any concerns about this and would like to confirm your pet’s import eligibility, I suggest contacting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection directly. You can find their contact information by going to the website I’ve linked to and clicking “Step 2: Confirm Eligibility”. Hope this helps!

By James on November 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm

I am not sure you are correct. This is the information I have found:The following dog breeds are not permitted to enter Australia: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.The American Staffordshire Terrier is not included in Australian legislation. The laws only apply to pure bred dogs and does not apply to cross breeds or mixes.

By on December 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Hello James, thanks for reaching out!

You are correct that American Staffordshire Terriers are allowed into Australia. This post is solely focused on Pit Bull Terriers and their mixes, not the American Staffordshire Terrier which is considered a completely different breed.

Also, while the rules may not explicitly state that "Pit Bull mixes" are not allowed to be imported into the country, we have never been able to successfully obtain an import permit for a Pit Bull mix in the past. If the mix looks more like the other breed the Pit Bull is mixed with (for example, a Labrador Retriever), we list this as the dominant breed on the import paperwork. However, if the dog looks like a Pit Bull at all, we recommend getting approval from DAFF first before trying to import your dog.

We hope this offers further clarification on the rules. Thanks again for reaching out!

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