Dangerous Dogs

Some dogs can become aggressive and bite other people or animals.

Under the law any dog (of any breed or type) can be considered dangerous in any place if it is not kept under control. The dog doesn’t have to bite anyone; it could just show aggressive behaviour that makes someone feel in fear for their safety.

If you are in fear of your safety, please contact the Police immediately or report the dangerous dog.

Once you have reported it to the Police, please contact us by phone or via our online ASB form with the incident report number and the officer’s name so we can make contact with them and work with them and agree the next steps with you and the Police.

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Please note: XL Bully owners will need to apply to the government’s exemption scheme and pay for a certificate of exemption. They will also need to make sure:

  • The dog is microchipped and neutered
  • They are kept on a lead and muzzled in a public place, including in cars
  • They are kept in a secure place so they cannot escape
  • Owners have third-party public liability insurance cover for the dog
  • Be at least 16 years old to own an XL bully-type

If you are concerned about someone who is not abiding by the law, please report this to Greater Manchester Police.