Dangerous Dogs Act - American Pitbulls

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans "any dog of the type known as the pit bull terrier" and "of the type Japanese tosa" from being sold or bred or being allowed to be in a public place without being muzzled and kept on a lead. Any dogs of this type not destroyed were required to be added to the Index of Exempt Dogs.

In 2022, per the Guardian article https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle... there were nine fatalities arising from dog attacks. Six of these involved the XL size of the breed American Bully.

The American Bully is an outbreed of the American Pit Bull Terrier. As such, it is surprising that this is not considered a dog of the "type known as the pit bull terrier", The language of the legislation specifically does not use the word "breed" in the section defining the limits of the legistlation. The concept of a dog "type", based on form, function style, or lineage, traditionally contains significantly more variety than is the case in a "breed"; that the foundation of the American Bully breed was the American Pitbull Terrier would presumably mean that the breed is of the type of its parent breed.

Could you please confirm whether DEFRA and the Secretary of State considers the American Bully breed to be "of the type known as the pit bull terrier".

If the not, could you please:
- confirm what "type" of dog the American Bully is
- disclose any correspondence regarding the American Bully breed, in particular any which has determined that the American Bully should not be considered as being included in the provisions banning any dog of the type pit bull terrier

Yours faithfully,

B Treloar

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear B Treloar,

Please find attached the response to your request of 25th April for
information on Dangerous Dogs Act - American Pitbulls.

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Information Rights Team

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