From the 31st December 2023 it will be against the law to: Sell, abandon, rehome, or breed and XL bully, it will also be illegal to publically walk your XL bully without a lead or a muzzle.
You have the 31st January 2024 to apply for exemption.
From 1st February 2024 , it will then become illegal to own an XL Bully dog if it is not registered on the Index of Exempted Dogs.
This page is dedicated to all XL Bully owners to provide essential information to help make this process a little less stressful and provide support the best way we can.
What To Do
Until 31st December
Owners should check their dog against the Government standard and start training their dogs to wear a muzzle.
From 31st December
Your XL Bully will need to wear a muzzle & lead in public at all times, you cannot, breed, sell, exchange, gift or abandon your XL Bully.
Apply For Exemption
You will need to have Third Party Public Liability insurance in place, your dog will also need to be neutered & microchipped.
From 1st February 2024
It will be a criminal offence to be in possession of an XL Bully in England and Wales, unless owners have received an exemption.
Is Your Dog An XL Bully?
You need to establish whether your dog meets the XL bully definition criteria, this is just a simple guide for the full definition see the downloadable resources below.
If your dog is classified as an XL Bully you will need to decide if you are going to apply for exemption or have your XL Bully put to sleep before the 31st January 2024, which is the deadline to apply for exemption.
XL Bully Neutering
If your XL Bully is older than one year old on January 31st 2024, it should be neutered by the 30th June 2024.
If your dog is less than one year old on the 31st January 2024, they must be neutered by 31st December 2024.
You will need to provide evidence of neutering and submit to the Government by the dates above.
You can find a copy of the form in the resources section below.
Timeline Of Events
From the beggining, to now and to what’s to come.