From February 1 in England and Wales, owning a dog of the American Bully XL breed without an exemption will be a criminal offence, according to the new law on dangerous dogs approved at the end of last year and that started today. Therefore, dogs that do not obtain this license may be confiscated by the authorities and euthanized, and their owners may face fines and prosecution.
The owners of these dogs without a valid license can receive a fee of 200 pounds for the dog’s euthanasia.
The British Government decided to ban this type of dog after the alarm created by many attacks on people that resulted in death or serious injury. Due to this situation, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak argued that the American Bully XL represents a danger to communities, especially children, and stressed that the attacks are not isolated incidents but a pattern in behavior.
Some statements rejected by the owners of this type of dog and the associations of animals, which consider that animals that are affectionate and peaceful if they receive adequate education are criminalized.
To obtain the exemption and avoid the sacrifice of the dog, the owners must take out civil liability insurance with damages to third parties, to cover the costs in the event that the animal bites or harms other dogs or people. . In addition, they must pay a fee of 94 pounds (about 110 euros), have a microchip and be neutered.
If the dog is less than one year old on January 31, 2024, it must be neutered by December 31, 2024. If the animal is over one year old on January 31, 2024, it must be neutered it is on June 30, 2024. 2024.
In addition, these dogs must always be leashed and muzzled in public, and kept in a safe place where they cannot escape when on private property.
The American Bully XL is not different in itself, so the British Government saw the need to detail the standards and physical characteristics of these dogs that emerged from the crossing of the American Staffordshire and the American Pitbull.
Therefore, American Bully XLs are defined as large dogs with a muscular body and a square, heavy head, suggesting great strength and power for their size. The length for adult males ranges from 20 inches (51 cm) at the withers, while for adult females it ranges from 19 inches (48 cm) at the withers.
The length from the tip of the nose to the gap between the muzzle and the head is equal to approximately one third of the length from the tip of the nose to the back of the head. The muzzle is block-shaped or slightly square that falls below the eyes and is straight.
Cheek muscles are prominent with strong, well-defined jaws and semi-closed lips. They often have wrinkles on their faces. The nose is large with wide open nostrils, while the teeth are flat or have a scissor bite.
On the other hand, the neck is heavy, muscular, slightly arched, narrow from the shoulders to the base of the skull and of medium length.
The shoulder blades are high, well muscled and well set back and the front legs are straight, strong and well muscled.
Overall, his body is large, muscular and blocky in shape which gives the impression of great power for his size. The chest is broad and deep with good ribs. and the thorax may be wider than deep.
It is estimated that there are about 100,000 Bully XLs in the United Kingdom and a week before the law came into effect, only about 30,000 requested the certificate of conformity. Animal shelters and centers are prohibited from taking in Bully XL dogs, so those that are abandoned are euthanized.