Dr. Newport explains the rising violence of the XL bully in the UK and why breed matters.
London, UK - Dr. Lawrence Newport, a law and criminology lecturer at Royal Holloway University, recently published a video about the growing violence of the XL bully in the UK. Last year, we issued a special report calling on the UK to define a status dog phenotype, because too many pit bull-type dogs are evading the "banned breeds" in the Dangerous Dog Act. The Act bans American pit bull terriers but does not restrict "designer" pit bull breeds, such as the XL pit bull or XL bully.
Dr. Newport takes viewers on a historical journey that most readers of this website already know: the history of the pit bull breed and why breed matters. "So why is it so controversial to say that a breed is more violent than any other?" he asks. "After all we know that different dog breeds have different traits." Newport then uses the exceptionally apt comparison of racing dogs, who endure horrific lives of confinement and abuse, but have never been implicated in a fatal dog mauling.1
After eight fatal dog maulings over a 4-week period in the U.S., of which 88% (7/8) involved pit bulls and the other involved a large bull terrier and cane corso, we wanted to share Dr. Newport's research in this area. "Whilst not all dogs of a breed will show these characteristics, breed matters. To say it doesn't ignores thousands of years of history," he states. We add that denying breed matters also ignores thousands of years of human observation and selection for specific traits.
08/04/23: The Spectator Interviews Journalist Ed West and Dr. Newport About the XL Bully
10/11/22: Pair of Family XL Pit Bulls Kill Two Children, Severely Injure Mother in Tennessee
06/30/20: Family XL Pit Bull Described as 'Mild-Mannered' Kills Female Owner in Nova Scotia
07/31/18: Beautiful Face Destroyed by a Family XL Pit Bull in a Multi-Pit Bull Household
04/11/14: Family XL Pit Bull Kills 4-Year Old Girl in Houma, Louisiana; Kimbo Debate Ensues