The UK government has announced a ban on XL Bully dogs, a breed that has been associated with a number of attacks, including fatalities. The ban will make it illegal to own an XL Bully within three months. The government has formed a panel of experts to define the breed, as it is not officially recognized by the UK Kennel Club. The definition provided by the government describes an XL Bully as a large dog with a muscular body and blocky head. It also specifies certain characteristics, such as height and head shape. Pocket Bullies, on the other hand, are smaller in size and are not included in the ban. The ban will be implemented in stages, with owners required to keep XL Bullies on a lead and muzzled in public starting from December 31, 2023. From January 31, 2024, it will be illegal to own an XL Bully unless it is registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs. Current owners will have the option to apply for an exemption certificate or have their dog euthanized with compensation provided.
The government's decision to ban XL Bullies has received criticism for its vague definition and concerns that other breeds could be mistakenly included. However, the government believes the ban will help prevent dog attacks.