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Owners urged to take action as XL bully dog deadline approaches

by Cathy Sheel

Owners of XL Bully dogs are being urged to make sure they comply with new restrictions as the deadline for applying for an exemption certificate approaches­.

Owners wishing to keep their dogs must apply for  Certificate of Exemption. Postal applications close on 15 January. The deadline for online applications is 12 noon on 31 January. There’s information to help owners apply for a Certificate of Exemption. Apply for a Certificate of Exemption to keep an XL Bully dog – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

From 31 December 2023 it became an offence for a person to:

  • breed, or breed from an XL Bully
  • sell, exchange, or offer as a gift an XL Bully
  • allow the dog to be in a public place without being muzzled and kept on a lead; or allow it to stray.

Owners will also need to provide proof that their dog has been microchipped and it will need to be neutered by 30 June for older dogs, and the end of 2024 if the dog is under one year old.

Where can I find out more?   

If owners are unsure whether their dog could be classed as an XL Bully, they should check their dog carefully against our guidance and photo examples of XL Bully dogs to help them decide.