The American Bully XL breed will be banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act before the end of the year, according to Rishi Sunak.
The Prime Minister called the dog breed a “danger to our communities” after it made headlines following multiple vicious assaults.
Sunak said in a minute-long video clip uploaded on social media, “The American XL Bully dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children.”
“I share the country’s outrage over the recent footage we’ve all seen. Another suspected XL Bully dog assault occurred yesterday, resulting in a fatality.
“It’s clear this is not about a handful of badly trained dogs. It’s a pattern of behaviour and it cannot go on.
“While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control. I want to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public.
“Today, I tasked ministers to bring together police and experts to firstly define the breed of dog behind these attacks with a view to outlawing it.
“It is not currently a breed defined in law. This is vital first to step must happen fast.
“We will then ban the breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act and new laws will be in place by the end of the year.”
Sunak’s decision to ban the breed comes after Home Secretary Suella Braverman threw her weight behind the move.
Half of all American Bully XL dogs in the UK are said to be descended from a “killer” inbred pet from the United States.
According to research, a prolific canine from Los Angeles known as “Killer Kimbo” has generated the majority of American Bully XLs on this side of the Atlantic.
Despite the high-profile attacks, XL puppies in the UK sell for more than £2,500.