XL Bully Update
1 Mar, 2024

The Ban on XL Bullies

In England and Wales, the judicial review was not granted at the end of last month. Having reapplied, the group behind the application, Don’t Ban Me – Licence Me, have now been assigned a court date of 24 April.

In Scotland the breeding, sale, and abandonment of XL Bullys was made illegal on 23 February. On the same date, owners also needed to keep their dogs muzzled in public places. Owners have until 31 July to register their dogs for exemption. From 31 July exempted dogs will also need to be microchipped and neutered. The type definition is the same as has been used in England and Wales, defined by Defra.

In Northern Ireland no decision has yet been made on bringing their dangerous dogs legislation into line with the rest of the UK.

Know your responsibilities and your rights

  • Understand your responsibilities under the Dangerous Dog Act 1991 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1991/65/contents
  • Cooperate with the police, and also understand your rights. Police can’t enter your home without a warrant or being invited.  DON’T sign paperwork without advice
  • Trevor Cooper a dog law specialist solicitor with 30 years of experience has written an advice leaflet, which you can view here, including what to do if your dog is seized.
  • If your dog is considered to be dangerously out of control and seized then contact Trevor Cooper on doglaw.co.uk for help.

Contact us for advice if you have any questions.  We are here for you.

You can check if your dog may be considered an XL Bully on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/official-definition-of-an-xl-bully-dog


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