|The BVA (British Veterinary Association) have released the following information regarding the new laws regarding XL Bully type dogs. The definatinitions are not black and white but can be seen on the links within the information.|
|The Dog Control Coalition, of which BVA is a member, has issued a statement following the Government announcement of the details of its proposed ban of XL Bully dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act. The legislation, which takes effect in England and Wales, is being introduced in three parts:|
Following the announcement on the 31 October 2023, the Government has published an official definition of an XL Bully dog and guidance on how vets and owners can prepare.
Owners must now keep these dogs on a lead and muzzled in public, and breeders have been told to stop breeding these dogs ahead of the ban coming into force.
From 31 December 2023, it will be illegal to breed, sell, advertise, exchange, gift, rehome, abandon or allow XL Bully dogs to stray.
From 1 February 2024, it will also be illegal to own an XL Bully dog if they are not registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs. Owners will have until the end of January to register them and to comply with requirements, which includes ensuring the dog is microchipped and neutered.
If found to be in possession of an XL Bully type without a Certificate of Exemption, owners face a criminal record and an unlimited fine, and their dog could be seized.
If owners are unsure whether or not their dog is an XL Bully, current advice is to comply with the new legislation. Owners can also contact their local police service’s Dog Legislation Officer who is trained in dog law and identifying banned dog types.
For anyone not wanting to keep their XL bully dog, there is another link below.