The areas around Buckinghamshire where the most XL Bullies live have been revealed by new data.

Owners must have a certificate of exemption for their restricted dog after law changes came into force from January 31.

Figures on approved applications by postcode, obtained by The Spectator, showed there are 36 Xl Bullies living in the Aylesbury, Bedgrove, Elm Farm, Queens Park, Southcourt, Walton, Walton Court (HP21) area.

The HP13 are of Wycombe had the most number of XL bullies living with 37 registered. 

13 XL Bullies are currently living in High Wycombe, Flackwell Heath, Handy Cross, Hedsor, Loudwater, Penn, Tylers Green, Wooburn, Wooburn Green, Wooburn Moor (HP10) ranking it the 1322nd highest neighbourhood in the country.

HP12, including High Wycombe and Booker, also had the most around Buckinghamshire (16), while 11 are living in HP14 across Beacon's Bottom, Bledlow Ridge, Bolter End, Bradenham, Cadmore End, Hughenden Valley, Ibstone, Lane End, Naphill, Northend, Stokenchurch, The City, Upper North Dean and West Wycombe.

There were 29 approved applications in the Aston Clinton area (HP14), compared to 14 in Bisham, Little Marlow, Lower Woodend, Buckinghamshire, Marlow, Marlow Bottom, Medmenham.

In April, a man was banned from owning dogs after three pocket bullies in his care were found acting dangerously out-of-control in Quainton.

At High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on April 8, Alex Milenkovic pleaded guilty to charges of being in charge of dangerously out-of-control dogs and owning dogs that were caught worrying farm animals.

Milenkovic, 30, from Quainton, was handed a disqualification order banning him from keeping dogs for two years.

In addition, he was ordered to pay £1,200 in compensation, following an incident on February 19. Three pocket bullies owned by the defendant were found running amok in Quainton.

What is an American XL bully?

An XL bully is the largest kind of American bully dog.

The UK government published guidance to help identify XL bullies, external which are not recognised as a specific breed.

They are described as large dogs "with a muscular body and blocky head, suggesting great strength and power for [their] size".

Male XL dogs stand from 20in (51cm) high at the shoulder, with female XLs only slightly smaller.

Dogs are considered XLs if they meet the minimum height and a substantial number of other characteristics.

How dangerous are XL bullies and how many dog attacks are there?

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, external, there were 16 deaths as a result of dog attacks in the first nine months of 2023, compared to six in the whole of 2022.

However, official figures do not break down the number of attacks or deaths by type of dog.

When it announced the XL bully ban for England and Wales in late 2023, the government said the breed had been "disproportionately involved" in deaths recorded since 2021.

In several cases, XL bullies are known to have killed their owners, including a London woman in her 50s named locally as Angeline Mahal, in May.