Recently, an incident involving an American Bully XL dog took on major proportions after images showing the animal attacking an 11-year-old girl went viral on the internet. The attack, which took place in the city of Birmingham, England, also involved two other men who tried to provide assistance and suffered injuries to their shoulders and arms. The case sparked a debate about the possibility of banning dogs of this breed.
The hypothesis that Bully XLs pose a threat to the population was considered by a government representative. According to Suella Braverman, UK Home Secretary, the government will consider banning this breed.
Although the restriction is not seen as the best path by experts, given that it is a complex behavioral problem, triggered by a variety of causes, doubts involving this specific breed have become more common. With that in mind, check out four facts involving the American Bully XL!
1. The American Bully XL is very docile and affectionate
As delicate as the case involving the attack is, it is impossible to deny that dogs of this breed are among those with the calmest temperament. The Bully XL is also known for being very affectionate and loyal, contrary to any impression that its larger stature may give.
As an example of this, in addition to this most recent case, another video showing a dog of this breed taking a bath in a pet shop also went viral weeks ago. But a side known to anyone who has a Bully XL around is evident: that of a very docile dog.
Even so, it is worth noting that, as it is a very strong breed, disciplinary training is extremely important for the socialization of these dogs.
2. It is a relatively new breed
Bully XLs are considered large dogs, and are capable of weighing up to 45 kilos. They can live 8 to 15 years on average.
Often confused with the Pit Bull , the Bully XL is among the dog breeds that are considered modern, as it emerged in the United States between the 1980s and 1990s. Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier.
Bully XL dogs are the largest in size among the American Bullies, of which there are four: Pocket American Bully, Standard American Bully, Classic and XL.
3. It is an athletic animal
The greater weight is not a problem for this dog, since, when raised in good conditions, the Bully XL can travel long distances with excellent performance.
From this, it becomes easier to understand that this is a breed that needs a lot of outdoor space. Naturally, your pet requires at least thirty minutes of exercise daily.
Likewise, training that exercises the mind is also important to keep the dog motivated and more disciplined, in addition to preventing the dog from becoming depressed or tense — which applies to any dog.
4. There are diseases that are more common among American Bullies
As in many other large breeds, such as the Labrador and Golden Retriever , cases of hip and elbow dysplasia are being observed in these animals. It is a condition that makes movement difficult and greatly affects your quality of life.
Additionally, an eye disease known as Cherry Eye is also being linked to the American Bully. In this case, the lacrimal gland protrudes outwards, giving the “cherry eye” appearance and requiring treatment. Therefore, it is extremely important to have veterinary monitoring from a young age.