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Tynwald backs XL Bully dog importation ban

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

The XL Bully has been added to a list of dogs that cannot be imported to the Isle of Man. Picture of a XL Bully

Tynwald voted to amend the Wild Animals Act 1980 on Tuesday, in response to the UK Government’s recent decision to make it illegal to own the XL Bully breed in England or Wales from 1 February, unless the owner has successfully applied for it to be registered, and  keeps their dog muzzled in public.

The dogs were added to the UK’s list following a number of serious attacks on people.

XL Bullies are said to have originated in the US in the late 1980s, when American pit bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers were crossed. There are four variations:

  1. standard
  2. pocket
  3. classic
  4. XL

The XL, which can weigh more than nine stone (60kg) and is strong enough to overpower an adult, is regarded as a specific breed in the US. However, it is not recognised as such by the main British dog associations, such as the Kennel Club.

Clare Barber MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said:

‘It has been important to move quickly, in order to close a potential loophole for additional XL Bullies to be introduced to the Isle of Man, and I’d like to thank officers and Tynwald members for their support on the matter.

‘XL Bullies already on the Island are not affected by this change, although we would always impress upon owners the importance of behaviour training for dogs.’

The other dogs banned from importation to the Isle of Man are Pit Bull Terrier types:

  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Braziliero

The XL Bully importation ban will come into force at 00:01 on Wednesday.

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