Controversy Surrounding the
American XL Bully
in the UK
Recent events have sparked a debate on the potential ban of the American XL Bully breed in the UK.
An 11-year-old girl in Birmingham was attacked, leading to discussions on the safety of the breed.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman labels American bully XL dogs as a 'clear and lethal danger', especially to children.
The Breed's Profile
Bully XLs, weighing up to 60kg, are not recognized as a specific breed by the UK Kennel Club.
Bully Watch reports 351 attacks by such breeds in the UK this year.
Other Breeds Involved
Rottweilers, a husky, and a Cane Corso have also been implicated in fatal attacks in the UK in recent years.
Nature vs. Nurture
Research suggests a dog's behavior is more influenced by its upbringing than its breed.
Complexity of Aggression
Aggression cannot be pinned to specific breeds. Factors like upbringing, environment, and owner behavior play a role.
Certain breeding lines might produce puppies more prone to aggression, but it's not solely about genetics.
Role of Breeders
How puppies are socialized plays a significant role in their behavior.
Attraction to Power
Powerful breeds like XL bullys may appeal to certain individuals, influencing the dog's behavior.
Most dog attacks are due to irresponsible ownership or behavior around dogs.
Experts suggest better breeding practices, education on safe dog interactions, and avoiding punishment-based training.
Banning breeds implies others are safe. The reality is any dog can bite.
Highlighting the percentage of attacks by breed in the UK.
Communities are divided. While some fear the breed due to recent incidents, others believe responsible ownership is the key.
Voices of Authority
Experts emphasize the role of upbringing and training, suggesting that breed alone doesn't determine a dog's behavior.
Future of the Breed
As discussions continue, the fate of the American XL Bully in the UK remains uncertain.