England and Wales have banned this breed of dog. Should Ireland follow?

Canine behaviourist Nanci Creedon on the nature of fighting dogs

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It is now a criminal offence to have an XL Bully dog in England and Wales, although some exemptions do apply. New rules were brought in to stop serious and fatal attacks by the breed and the legislation makes four breeds of dog, originally bred for fighting, illegal including American Pitbull terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brazileiro.

Scotland is to implement a similar ban following an influx of banned dogs from England and Wales as owners refused to have their dogs put down, choosing to rehome them across the border. Does the move by Scotland have implications for Ireland?

Dog trainer and behaviourist Nanci Creedon explains just why these dogs have become the subject of legislation and explains the Irish context. Presented by Bernice Harrison. Produced by Suzanne Brennan.

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison is an Irish Times journalist and cohost of In the News podcast