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XL Bully Resources


XL Bully

From the 31st December 2023 it was deemed against the law to: Sell, abandon, rehome, or breed and XL bully, it is also illegal to publically walk your XL bully without a lead or a muzzle.

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.

Pre-ban process 


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.

Definition Checklist
How to apply for:

Certificate Of Exemption

New: How to apply for Certificate of Exemption
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Deadline to apply for exemption is the 31st January 2024

1) You must have third party public liability insurance for your XL Bully dog. The cover must start no later than 1 February 2024. This can be provided by Dogs Trust Membership.

2) Once your XL Bully dog has been neutered you should ask your vet to fill in a confirmation of neutering form.

3) You must make sure your dog is fitted with a microchip and registered on a database by the time it’s 8 weeks old.

You can find the form and more information from the resources below. 

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. 

10% Off Neutering for XL Bully Dogs  


XL Bully Official Definition 

Official Government definition of an XL Bully. 

Key Dates 

Important dates and timeline of XL Bully Ban and what needs to be done. 

Legal Requirements Checklist

Government requirements and recommended in preparation for ban.

Confirmation of Neutering Form

Proof of neutering form in order to apply for certificate of exemption. 

Certificate Of Exemption

Use this form to apply for Certificate of Exemption.

Muzzle Training E-Book

Use this guide to help with muzzle training for your dog. 

Free XL Bully Socialisation Clinics

Our incredible nurses are here to provide any owner of an American XL Bully free socialisation clinics.

You can bring your XL Bully along as many times as you need to get them used to people and a veterinary setting. We can also provide muzzle training and muzzle sizing.

Our nurses will advise you with any concerns you may have too!

XL Bully Ban Update 

More updates on exempting your XL bully in Scotland and Ireland, as well as the extension of XL Bully Neutering 


Timeline Of Events 

From the beggining, to now and to what’s to come. 

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