More than 400 XL bullies are being kept as pets across Suffolk, new data has revealed. 

The figures give the numbers of the breed in each of the region's postcodes, with the highest - 61 - in IP24 which covers Elveden, Barnham and Euston. 

The two postcodes with the lowest number of recorded XL bullies are IP7 in Hadleigh and NR34 which covers Beccles. 

Earlier this year the government introduced a requirement to register all XL bullies after a number of attacks by the controversial breed. 

The data, from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, shows a total of 50,000 registered XL bullies in England and Wales.

The highest number (219) are in the CR0 area of Croydon, south London, followed by the S5 postcode, just north of Sheffield (189), and an area of Warrington (182).


The breed is an offshoot of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

They can weigh more than nine stone (or 57 kg), with males at least 20 inches tall at the shoulders.

They are not recognised as a specific breed but are defined by the government as ‘heavily-muscled’, with a blocky head, and a physique ‘suggesting great strength and power for its size’.

Experts say their powerful jaws are able to inflict more damaging wounds than those of other breeds, resulting in broken bones, shredded skin and damaged nerves.


According to the Office for National Statistics, there have been 23 deaths caused by dog attacks since the start of 2021, with XL bullies "disproportionately involved".

Rising public and political concern about the breed led to a change in the law.

Since February 1, it has been a criminal offence to own the XL bully without an exemption certificate.

Owners of the breed must have the dog neutered, microchipped and be kept on a lead and muzzled in public, among other restrictions.

Police can seize unregistered prohibited dogs, and their owners face a criminal record and unlimited fine.