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XL Bully owners - how to prepare for the ban

Under amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act, XL Bully dogs have been added to the list of banned breeds.

We understand that this is a difficult time, but owners of XL Bully dogs should know what they need to do next.

You can find more information on the government website:

If you think your dog might be an XL Bully, you should look at the breed definition guidance:

If you are unsure if your dog is an XL Bully, we advise you to comply with the new requirements.

The changes will come into force in two stages.

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 in public without a lead and muzzle

All XL Bully owners should start muzzle training their dogs now.

Slowly getting your dog used to a muzzle with positive rewards will be the kindest and most stress-free approach for all.

The Dogs Trust are running free webinars to help with this training:

From 1 February 2024

It will be against the law to own an XL bully without an exemption certificate:

The Dogs Trust are also providing discounted dog training:

If you would like further help with dogs with behavioural problems, contact

If you choose not to keep your XL Bully dog

You should take your dog to be euthanised at a registered vet by 31 January 2024. You can claim £200 compensation towards the cost of euthanasia.

To claim compensation, you must complete the compensation form with your vet before 15 March 2024:


Page last updated: 22 November 2023