Update on XL Bully dogs

January 11, 2024

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Following a rising number of attacks and fatalities caused by XL Bully dogs, the Government has added this breed to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Below are the latest laws that are in place or set to be put in place:

From 31 December 2023 it’s against the law to:

  • sell or exchange an XL Bully
  • abandon an XL Bully or let it stray
  • give away an XL Bully
  • breed from an XL Bully
  • have an XL Bully in public without a lead or muzzle (this includes inside a vehicle, the muzzle must be fit to prevent the dog from biting a person and the person in charge of the lead must be over the age of 16 years old)

From 1 February 2024 it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully in England and Wales unless the dog has a Certificate of Exemption.

Read more here to find out to get a Certificate of Exemption for your dog. This needs to be completed and in place by the end of February.

What are we doing?

If you’re a Livv customer, we expect you to comply with all legal requirements and may ask for proof of this. If you fail to provide evidence when asked, it’s our duty to report this to the relevant authorities.

If you believe another Livv customer has a dangerous or banned dog, we encourage all customers to inform the police first on 101 and then call us on 0151 290 7000 to make us aware of your concerns.