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XL Bully ban - Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

The XL Bully breed type has been added to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. 

From 1 February 2024 it is a criminal offence to own an XL Bully in England and Wales unless the owner has a Certificate of Exemption.

Defra has produced guidance on the ban on XL Bully dogs

Identifying XL Bully types 

It is up to the owner or keeper to identify whether they think their dog may be in scope. 

A precautionary approach is recommended. If an owner is unsure if their dog is a XL Bully or whether any puppies may grow up to be of this dog type, they should comply with the relevant requirements and restrictions.

To be considered a type 'known as the XL Bully' a dog must meet the minimum height measurements set out in the official definition.

If owners think their dog meets the minimum height measurements and has a substantial proportion of the physical characteristics set out in the official definition, their dog may be in scope of the ban. This includes if it was not sold as an XL Bully.

Local authority enforcement officers will not be expected to formally type suspected XL Bully type dogs that come into their care.

As is the case with current breed types that are prohibited, the police are expected to be the lead enforcement agency and will investigate for offences under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. This includes formally typing suspected XL Bully breed types within Section 1 offences.

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Last modified on 28 February 2024