What is an XL bully and is the dog breed illegal in the UK?

AMERICAN XL BULLIES is a modern dog breed known for its considerable size.

But how much do they cost and are they illegal in the UK?

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The American Bully was recognized as a breed by the US United Kennel Club in 2013.

It has been called a “natural extension” of the better known American Pit Bull Terrier.

These muscular dogs have been crossed with other breeds including English Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogs, and American Bulldogs.

XL refers to the size category of the dog, of which there are four: pocket, standard, classic and XL.


American bullies are generally friendly and gentle, and it is out of character for them to attack humans.

XLs are usually between 33 and 50 cm tall and weigh between 20 and 60 kg.

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 to hurt and even kill people.

In July 2022, mother-of-two Joanne Robinson was mauled to death by her Bully XL pet, Lola.

Her partner was also seriously injured while trying to save her.

Despite this, the breed is not subject to any bans under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and it is legal to own one in the UK.

The following breeds have prohibited in the UK:

  • pit bull terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • japanese tosa
  • Fila Brazil

How much does a bully XL cost?

The price of a dog can vary considerably.

Factors that affect this include the rarity of the breed, whether you are looking to buy a popular crossbreed or a purebred, and whether the dog was pre-trained.

The price of puppies skyrocketed during the national Covid lockdowns in the UK and it was reported in June 2021 that prices had quadrupled as the lockdown boosted demand for furry friends.

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American Bully XL prices vary depending on the breeder, but they are not cheap.

The puppies are on sale for between £1,000 and £3,000 on the Forever Puppy dog ​​sales platform.