Important Update for XL Bully Owners

🐾 Important Update for XL Bully Owners! 🚨

The Scottish Government has announced new regulations concerning XL Bully dogs, which are now in effect.

🔹 What is an XL Bully? An XL Bully is characterized by its large, muscular build, with males standing at least 20 inches and females at 19 inches. They have a blocky head, a broad chest, and a muscular stature.

🔹New Requirements:

• From February 23, 2024: It is illegal to sell, abandon, give away, or breed XL Bully dogs. All XL Bullies must be muzzled and on a leash in public areas and must be microchipped.

• By July 31, 2024: Owners must secure a Certificate of Exemption, ensuring their dogs are microchipped, neutered, and covered by third-party insurance.

• Dogs aged 18 months or older on 31 July 2024 will need to be neutered by 31 January 2025.

• For dogs younger than 18 months on 31 July 2024, evidence of neutering must be provided to the Scottish Government by 31 January 2025 or within one month of your dog reaching the age of 18 months.

🔹 Preparing Your Dog:

• Muzzle Training: Start getting your XL Bully accustomed to a muzzle as early as possible. Introduce the muzzle in a positive, reward-based manner to make it a stress-free experience for your dog.

• Health Compliance: Ensure your dog is microchipped and neutered according to the new legal requirements. Our clinic offers these services, helping ensure you meet the compliance deadlines.

🔹 Certificate of Exemption: Owners need to apply for an exemption certificate by July 31, 2024. This certificate is crucial for legally owning an XL Bully. Applications can be made online or by post, with a fee of £92.40. Our staff can guide you through this process and ensure you have all the necessary paperwork in order.

🔹 Stay Informed: For further details on how to comply with these regulations, visit the Scottish Government’s official XL Bully Guidance.

We understand that these changes may be challenging, but we are here to support you and your pet every step of the way. If you have any questions or need assistance with meeting these new requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

For more information please visit the below link.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/xl-bully-dog-rules

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