XL Bully conformation standard

How enforcement officers can apply the conformation standard to check if a dog is an XL Bully.

Applies to England and Wales


Guidance for enforcers: applying the XL Bully conformation standard

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This document is intended to be used by the courts and Dog Legislation Officers to support identification of the XL Bully breed type for the purposes of enforcement of Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.  

This document can also be used as a guide for dog owners and keepers to help them to consider whether a dog may be within scope of the ban.

Updates to this page

Published 31 October 2023
Last updated 1 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance for enforcers and the conformation standard for XL Bully dogs.

  2. Added a video for how to measure a dog's height.

  3. Added example photographs of XL Bully dogs.

  4. First published.

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