Following a rise in attacks and fatalities caused by XL Bully dogs, the Government has added this breed to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
To help current owners adapt to the new laws, these changes will come into force in 2 stages.
1. From 31 December 2023, it will be against the law to:
· Sell an XL Bully dog
· Abandon an XL Bully dog or let it stray
· Give away an XL Bully dog
· Breed from an XL Bully dog
· Have an XL Bully dog in public without a lead and muzzle
2. From 1 February 2024, it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully dog in England and Wales unless your dog has a Certificate of Exemption.
To obtain a Certificate of Exemption, you must apply for this by 31 January 2024. To get this you must:-
· Get third party public liability insurance cover for your dog
· Neuter your dog permanently, if not already done so.
· Pay £92.40 fee for each dog you want to keep (non-refundable)
· Apply for a Certificate of Exemption.
For further details on this, visit the Government website: www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-for-the-ban-on-xl-bully-dogs