What the XL Bully Breed Means for Professionals 

What the XL Bully Breed Means for Professionals

In February 2024, the UK government expanded the list of banned dog breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to include the XL Bully. This new addition highlights the evolving landscape surrounding dangerous dogs and the importance for professionals to stay informed.

While our Dangerous Dogs Awareness training does not cover the specific assessment and handling protocols for the XL Bully breed, we recognise that many organisations are now seeking guidance in this area. To help, we’ve summarised the key points from the recently published DEFRA guidance that professionals should be aware of.

Identifying XL Bully Characteristics

The DEFRA guidance outlines the physical traits that define the XL Bully breed, including a large, muscular build, broad head, and stocky appearance. Being able to visually identify these breed-specific characteristics is crucial for determining if a dog falls under the Dangerous Dogs Act restrictions.

Assessing Conformity to the Breed Standard

Determining whether a dog meets the XL Bully breed standard is essential, as this triggers the legal requirements around the breed. The guidance provides a detailed assessment process involving measurements of the dog’s head, body, and limbs. Accurate application of this methodology is critical.

Implications for Handling and Reporting

If a dog is deemed to conform to the XL Bully breed standard, specific handling protocols must be followed, including safely securing the animal and notifying the relevant authorities. Employees must be prepared to execute these procedures professionally and in accordance with the law.

Our Dangerous Dogs Awareness Training

While we do not offer training on the XL Bully breed specifically, our Dangerous Dogs Awareness course provides a comprehensive overview of the legal framework, canine behaviour, risk mitigation strategies, and appropriate response protocols for professionals who may encounter dogs during their work.

By attending this training, participants will gain the knowledge and confidence to navigate a wide range of dog-related situations safely and compliantly – without the need for the specialised XL Bully legal assessment skills.

To learn more about our Dangerous Dogs Awareness training and how it can benefit your organisation, please contact us today.