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The American XL Bully Will Soon Be Banned for Being Dangerous

By Orgesta Tolaj


3 December 2023

American XL Bully

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While dogs are a man’s best friend, it is important to care for them the right way. But what happens when people try to breed mutated versions of dogs for their own benefit? That is what the UK government is trying to stop once and for all. Once 2024 begins, the government will officially ban the breeding of the American XL Bully dog and will fine everyone who owns the dog breed.

What Is An American XL Bully?

An American XL Bully refers to a specific type or category of American Bully dog. It is a breed that originated in the United States. The dog is characterized by its large size, robust build, and muscular physique. The “XL” in its name stands for “extra-large,” emphasizing its size compared to other variations of the American Bully.

American Bullies, including the XL variety, are known for their friendly and gentle temperament, especially toward their human families. They are often loyal, affectionate, and good with children, making them suitable as family pets.

The breed standard for American XL Bullies may include specific criteria related to their appearance. This includes the head shape, body structure, and coat color. However, it’s important to note that different kennel clubs and organizations may have slightly different standards.

Ban of the American XL Bully

As of December 31, the dogs will be added to the list of banned breeds in England and Wales. This is according to government confirmation. The ban encompasses various activities such as breeding, selling, advertising, exchanging, gifting, rehoming, abandoning, or allowing XL bully dogs to stray. Starting from the end of the year, XL bully dogs must be leashed and muzzled in public. Owners are required to register their dogs by the end of January 2024. After February 1, 2024, owning an XL bully dog without registration on the index of exempted dogs will be illegal. Additionally, registered dogs will be subject to more restrictions, including microchipping and neutering.

What Happens if Owners Fail to Comply?

Owners of American XL Bully dogs who fail to comply with the new regulations may face serious consequences, including the possibility of a criminal record and an unlimited fine. Additionally, there is a risk of their dogs being seized as part of enforcement measures. The stringent penalties aim to ensure adherence to the ban and encourage responsible ownership and compliance with the outlined restrictions.

Why Is the UK Government Issuing the Ban?

The UK government has added the XL bully type to the list of banned dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act, effective December 31. Owners are urged to train their dogs for muzzling and leash walking, with breeders advised to cease mating XL bullies in anticipation of the restrictions. Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey emphasized quick action to protect the public from dog attacks, collaborating with experts and animal welfare groups.

American XL Bully
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However, the Dog Control Coalition, including RSPCA and Dogs Trust, expressed concerns about the short compliance timeframe and the lack of clarity on the number of affected dogs. The official definition describes XL bully dogs as having a heavy, large head, blocky muzzle, heavily muscled body, and a glossy, smooth coat.

Do you agree with the choice to ban American XL Bully dogs?

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