XL Bullies

On Friday the 15th of September, Rishi Sunak our Prime Minister announced that American Bully XL types will be added to the breeds banned list by the end of 2023.

We will review this blog throughout this year as we are expecting to have more guidelines coming out.

On Tuesday 31 October, the Government announced that the American Bully XL type dog has been added to the banned breeds list in England and Wales.

From 31 December 2023 breeding, selling, advertising, rehoming, abandoning and allowing an American Bully XL dog to stray will be illegal.

XL bullies are bred from different bully types and is one of the largest of it’s type as they are not registered or typed under the kennel club standards it will be hard to define which dogs are XL bullies and which aren’t as the XL bully itself is a cross breed.

This link describes what according to government is an XL bully;

Official definition of an XL Bully dog – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This is how XL bully owners can prepare for the ban;

Prepare for the ban on XL Bully dogs – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

An exemption certificate will only be handed out if:

  • Your dog is microchipped
  • Your dog is neutered and your family vet practice has filled in the confirmation form that this is done
  • Yor dog is kept on a lead and muzzle in public places including when they are in a vehicle
  • Your dog is kept in a secure place at all times so they can not escape
  • You have third party public liability cover

There is a timeline now for all these actions and please check the relevant links on the blog and on the government.

If you can not abide by the law

If sadly, for whatever reasons, you can not abide by the law the government has the deadline of 31st of January 2024 for you to offer your XL bully for euthanasia with a vet practice.

The government has a compensation scheme for everyone in place for this which wil be filled in by your vet and is for £200.


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