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Information for XL bully dog owners


From 1 January 2024, the Government added XL bully-type breeds of dogs to the list of banned dangerous dogs in England and Wales, as set out in the Dangerous Dog Act 1991. We know that this news has caused concern for some owners of XL bully-type dogs, so we wanted to remind you what action you need to take if you own an XL bully.

As of 1 January 2024, it’s against the law to:

  • Abandon an XL bully dog or let it stray
  • Breed from an XL bully dog
  • Give away or rehome an XL bully dog
  • Have an XL bully dog in public without a lead and muzzle
  • Sell an XL bully dog

Owners of XL bully dogs will need to apply for a Certificate of Exemption by 31 January 2024 to legally keep their pet, along with complying with other restrictions like having them neutered and having third-party liability insurance. From 1 February 2024, it’ll be illegal to own an XL bully without a Certificate of Exemption.

Please visit the government website to learn more about the most up-to-date information and how to apply for the Certificate of Exemption.

Our Pet Policy encourages responsible pet ownership and making sure all pets are properly taken care of - and that includes knowing your legal responsibilities as a pet owner. We know that dogs (and any pet) can be just like members of the family and we don’t want anyone to be faced with parting with their XL bully.

If you’re a customer and you own an XL bully dog, please send us your Certificate of Exemption by emailing it to . And if you’re a homeowner please send your Certificate of Exemption to .  

It’s important to know that XL Bully owners who don’t hold a Certificate of Exemption on 1 February 2024 will be committing an offence and in breach of their tenancy or lease agreement. In line with our policy, we might have to refuse permission to potential new customers or homeowners moving into a new property if they have a banned dog breed and no Certificate of Exemption. 

We’d encourage any customers who have an XL bully-type dog to carefully look at the legislation and advice so you’re fully informed about the steps you need to take. There’s additional guidance available through charities like:

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