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Preparing for the ban on XL Bully Dogs

Published on Wednesday, 8th November 2023

Photo of a grey XL Bully puppy sitting outside

An article regarding information on the upcoming ban on XL Bully Dogs.

As you are most likely aware, the sale, abandonment, gifting, breeding, and rehoming of XL bully-type dogs will be banned from 31 December 2023, and it will also be illegal to have an XL bully-type dog in a public place after this date unless muzzled and on a lead.

Further, ownership will be illegal from 1 February 2024 unless they are exempted under the law. (Please see attached link for more information)

Guidance published by the Government recommends XL bully-type dog breeders should stop all breeding activity now, as it will be a criminal offence to sell, transfer, exchange, gift or advertise these dogs from 31 December 2023.

We are aware that the announcement will increase the burden on owners of XL bully-type dogs who will have to muzzle and keep their dogs on a lead as of January 2024, and they will have to adhere to further strict conditions if they decide to take their dog through exemption.

This includes microchipping, muzzling, and neutering although the deadline for neutering is dependent on the age of the dog.

Some rescues and vet practices are offering free or low-cost microchipping and neutering services for XL Bullies. We would recommend contacting your vet to see if they are offering similar services or able to signpost you to any within your area.

We would also like to make you aware of muzzling courses offered by both Dogs Trust and Blue Cross and recommend contacting them directly for further information.

You can access Dogs Trust website for extra information and to book on to a muzzling course:

All the information we have now is what the Government has released so unfortunately, we cannot offer any further help or advice, but we will pass on any updates as soon as they are released.