Advice around new laws for XL Bully owners

⚠️From 1 February 2024 it will become a criminal offence to own an XL Bully dog in England and Wales unless you have an exemption certificate.⚠️

The first stage of the XL Bully ban came into force at the end of December meaning the breed was added to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

This means it is now an offence to:

❗ Sell

❗ Abandon

❗ Allow to stray

❗ Give away

❗ To breed

❗ Or have an XL Bully in public without a lead or muzzle.

If you have not registered your dog, we could seize it whether you are at home or in public.

We are issuing training to our officers to help identify the breed and will also have specially trained officers within the force to deal with any reports.

We don’t want to have to seize your dog so please register them, follow the rules, and when out make sure they are on a lead, muzzled, and securely held by someone 16-years-old and over.

If you’re unsure and believe your dog is an XL Bully, please complete the registration as a matter of urgency.

You can find out more about the ban here👇

Prepare for the ban on XL Bully dogs – GOV.UK (

To apply for a certificate to keep an XL Bully click here👇

Apply for a Certificate of Exemption to keep an XL Bully dog – GOV.UK (

And for more guidance on the laws click here👇

Check if a dog is an XL Bully – GOV.UK (

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