Toy Breeds Added to ‘Menancing’ Dogs List

Chihuahuas and pomeranians are on the list of Queenland''s 100 most menacing dogs.

They might stand less than 30cm tall, but the small pets have now officially been declared menacing creatures by authorities, under controversial new state laws aimed at slowing the state's rising number of dog attacks.

More than a year after the laws were introduced, only 110 dogs have been declared menacing in Queensland, but authorities predict that will soar as awareness of the new laws spreads.

While the expected bigger breeds, such as German shepherds, have made the list, it is not just large dogs spreading fear.

The list also includes chihuahuas, a pomeranian, a shar pei, maltese-crosses, a fox terrier-cross and a poodle-cross.

Under the new laws, introduced last year, dogs can be declared menacing if they cause fear, which could include a behaviour such as rushing at a person on the other side of a fence.

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