What is an XL bully and is the dog breed illegal in the UK? | The Sun
AMERICAN XL BULLIES are a modern dog breed known for their considerable size.
But how much do they cost, and are they illegal in the UK?
What is an XL bully?
The American Bully got recognition as a breed from US United Kennel Club in 2013.
It's been called a "natural extension" of the better known American Pit Bull Terrier.
These muscular dogs have been crossbred with other breeds including English Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogge, and American Bulldogs.
XL refers the the dog's size category, of which there are four: pocket, standard, classic and XL.
XL's tend to be around 33-50cm in height, and weigh in at 20-60kg.
Are XL bullies illegal in the UK?
American Bullies are generally friendly and gentle, and it is out of character for them to attack humans.
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However, the breed is extremely powerful, and they have been known hurt and even kill people.
In July 2022, mum-of-two Joanne Robinson was mauled to death by her pet Bully XL, Lola.
Her partner was also grievously injured as he attempted to save her.
Despite this, the breed isn't subject to any prohibitions under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and it's legal to own one in the UK.
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The following breeds have been banned in the UK:
- Pitbull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino
- Japanese Tosa
- Fila Brasileiro
How much does an XL bully cost?
The price of a dog can vary considerably.
Factors that affect this include the rarity of the breed, whether you're looking to buy a popular crossbreed, or a purebred, and if the dog has been trained in advance.
The price of puppies soared during national Covid lockdowns in the UK and it was reported in June 2021 that prices had quadrupled, as lockdown supercharged the demand for furry friends.
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Prices for American Bully XLs will vary depending on the breeder, but they're not cheap.
Pups are on sale for between £1,000 and £3,000 on dog selling platform Forever Puppy.
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