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XL Bully Certificate of Exemption from 1 February

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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 valid Certificate of Exemption.


The first stage of the XL Bully ban came into force on 31 December 2023 meaning the breed was added to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

This means it is now an offence 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 or muzzle

Since 31 December 2023, you can legally have your XL Bully in public provided that:

🔹 A muzzle is securely fitted, sufficient to prevent your dog from biting any person, and

🔹 The dog is on a lead being held securely by a person no less than sixteen years of age

Find out more about the banPrepare for the ban on XL Bully dogs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Check if a dog is an XL BullyCheck if a dog is an XL Bully - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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