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Understanding the American XL Bully Dogs Ban

Thursday January 25, 2024

In recent months, dog owners across England, Wales, and soon Scotland have been faced with new regulations regarding American Bully XL dogs. As of 31 January 2024, it is now illegal to own an American Bully XL dog in England and Wales without an exemption. Scotland will follow suit on 31 July 2024. 

These measures, part of the breed-specific legislation (BSL), aim to address concerns about public safety and dog-related incidents. In this blog post, we provide essential information for owners of American Bully XL dogs and offer legal support during this transition period.

Understanding the Ban

The ban on American Bully XL dogs comes after the breed was added to the banned breeds list in England and Wales on 31 October 2023. It became illegal to breed, sell, advertise, rehome, abandon, or allow an American Bully XL dog to stray on 31 December 2023. Owners without an exemption must comply with stringent regulations to keep their dogs legally.

Key Dates and Requirements:

Owners must adhere to specific dates and requirements outlined by the government:

– Microchipping: All American Bully XL dogs must be microchipped.

– Neutering: Dogs older than one year on 31 January 2024 must be neutered by 30 June 2024, while those younger than one year must be neutered by 31 December 2024.

– Lead and Muzzle: Dogs must be kept on a lead and muzzled at all times when in public.

– Insurance: Owners must have third-party public liability insurance for their dogs.

– Certificate of Exemption: To keep a banned breed, owners must obtain a Certificate of Exemption and comply with exemption rules.

– Compliance: Owners must carry their Certificate of Exemption and inform the Index of Exempt Dogs of any changes.

Legal Support

We understand the challenges owners face during this transition period. CWC Solicitors offer legal support and guidance to navigate the complexities of the ban on American Bully XL dogs. We can assist with exemption applications, compliance with regulations, and addressing legal concerns. Contact us if you need legal advice.

Additionally, Dogs Trust rehoming centres provide practical support, including free muzzle training and advice, to help owners understand the ban and ensure the well-being of their dogs.

As of 31 January 2024, it is now illegal to own an American Bully XL dog in England and Wales without an exemption.