The Government have now announced the ban of the American Bully XL will start on the 31st December 2023
The Government have now announced the ban of the American Bully XL will start on the 31st December 2023. This news is devastating to us all as thousands of dogs will be affected. We have broken down the key points as to what you need to know, but have attached the link to the government website for the full information.
Timeline From the 31st of December 2023 owners must keep American XLBully dogs on a lead and muzzled when in public. It will also be an offence to breed, sell, advertise, exchange, gift, re-home, abandon or allow XL Bully dogs to stray. From 3lst January 2024, it will be illegal to own an XL Bully unless it is registered on the Index of Exempted dogs and is compliant with the requirements. If your dog is older than one year old on 31st of Jan 24, it must be neutered by 30th of June 2024. If your dog is less than one year old on 31st of Jan 24, it must be neutered by 31st December 2024.
Typing The Government has released an 'Official definition of an American XL Bully dog' document, which gives a general impression of the dogs as well as an indepth breakdown. Please be aware you may not own an American Bully XL but your dog could fall into type which means you will have to follow the same process. The full report can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/official-definition-of-an-xl-bully-dog Exemption If you want to keep your dog after the ban, you must apply for a Certificate of Exemption by the 31st of January 2024.
Applications will be subject to a £92.40 application fee to cover admin costs. Keeping your dog To keep your dog you must ensure it is: Microchipped Kept on a lead and muzzled at all times when in public Kept in a secure place so it cannot escape Neutered As the owner, you must also: Be over 16 years old Take out insurance against your dog injuring other people - provided through Dogs Trust Membership which is £25 for the year and will cover all your dogs. Be able to show the Certificate of Exemption when asked by a police officer or council dog warden, either at the time or within 5 days. We will keep everyone updated as and when we know any further information. We understand this is an extremely difficult and emotional time for all large bull breed owners, if anyone is struggling with the process please do not hesitate to contact the team. Are thoughts are with you all!