2024 XL Bully dogs ban guidance
21 December 2023
If you own an XL Bully dog or puppy you need to comply with all the new requirements for this breed of dog. Even if you are not 100% sure if your dog is an XL Bully, the government is recommending that a precautionary approach is taken and that you also comply with the new requirements:
From 31 December 2023 it will be against the law to:
From 1 February 2024 it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully dog in England and Wales unless the dog has a Certificate of Exemption.
If you wish to keep you XL Bully dog after the ban, you must apply for a Certificate of Exemption by 31 January 2024. If you successfully secure an Exemption Certificate for your dog, you need to let us know to ensure that our records are up to date.
You can do this by completing our online enquiry form here or calling our Customer Hub on 0333 200 73045.
Find out more
The government has a section on their website sharing how you can prepare for the ban and apply for a Certificate of Exemption – www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-for-the-ban-on-xl-bully-dogs
We also have further advice in our ASB Toolkit