XL Bully-type dogs have been officially banned in England and Wales. Starting from 1 February 2024, ownership will be illegal unless an exemption has been applied for and granted. They must also be on a lead and muzzled when in public. The law to sell, breed from, abandon, or give away an XL Bully came into force on 31 December 2023.
If an XL Bully is less than a year old by 31 January 2024, it needs to be neutered by the end of 2024. If older, neutering must be done by 30 June. Owners therefore have until 31 January 2024 to apply for a Certificate of Exemption or to have their dogs euthanised, for which they can claim £200 compensation.
Dangerous dogs legislation is a devolved matter — meaning the decision to ban dogs falls to individual governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland — and officials in both countries are considering their response to the ban in England and Wales. However, the Scottish Government has announced that it will "replicate the controls being implemented south of the border".