Dogs Trust expert says ‘all dogs can bite’ as they slam Bully XL ban plans

BBC Breakfast: Expert says ‘all dogs bite’ amid XL Bully ban

Dogs Trust expert Jenna Kiddie disagreed with the proposed Bully XL ban and believes another breed would take its place further down the line.

Jenna appeared on BBC Breakfast after viewers had heard from mum Emma Whitfield whose 10-year-old son was killed in 2021 by an American Bully XL dog.

Addressing that Emma wants the breed to be banned in light of her son’s death, BBC Breakfast host Jon Kay questioned Jenna’s response.

She replied: “We really feel for anyone who’s been affected by a dog bite incident, it’s heartbreaking for anyone to lose a loved one, especially in the way that Emma did.”

Although the expert went on to agree they don’t want to see any more dog bite incidents happening, they don’t believe adding American Bully XLs to the list of banned breeds is the right approach.

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She added: “Dogs Trust and the Dogs Control coalition want to see the existing dog control laws overhauled because they’re currently not fit for purpose.”

After hearing her response, Jon questioned whether or not she believes Bully XLs are as dangerous as headlines are making out to be.

Jenna replied: “I think there are many reasons for us to not agree with going down that banning of the XL Bully approach.

“For starters, any ban would have to be based on what the dog looks like rather than their behaviour and we know that all dogs can bite.

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“All dogs can use aggression, we know that there’s lots of risk factors for a dog showing aggression.”

The expert informed viewers that fear is often a common underlying factor for dogs to show aggression which questions if the dog’s welfare needs are being met.

Jenna continued: “There’s a potential that calling these breeds of dogs dangerous, might imply to the public that other breeds of dogs are safe.”

During the interview, the expert revealed they’re concerned a false message is being given to the public.

She added: “The current list of banned breed types isn’t working to protect the public, so why would adding another breed type this time around work?

“We’d be concerned that banning the XL Bully might actually open up a gap for irresponsible breeders and sellers to breed another large powerful dog to replace the Bully.

“That would just allow the cycle to continue and in a few year’s time, we’d be back to square one.”

BBC Breakfast continues weekdays on BBC One from 6am.

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