“A ban on XL Bully dogs won’t stop attacks,” James said. “The problems with dangerous dogs in Britain go much deeper than a single breed.”

“For the last 30 years lawmakers have been struggling to enforce poorly thought-through legislation. The last thing we need is more of the same. Banning XL Bullys isn’t going to stop dog attacks.”

It is widely acknowledged that XL Bullys are associated with a “criminal element”, so will the breeders take any notice of a ban? And even if they do, James thinks all that is likely to happen is that a new type of dog will be bred which gets round the ban.

“We need legislation that properly and effectively controls and promotes better dog breeding and dog ownership. We need to throw out the current law and start all over again.”

So which breeds make James’s list of the top five most dangerous dogs in the UK? The results might surprise you. Based on his practice as a dog bite injury lawyer, the five breeds that are most commonly involved in injuring James’s clients have been:

  1. Japanese Akitas
  2. Malamute Huskies
  3. Greyhounds
  4. Jack Russell Terriers
  5. Border Collies

James offers a free legal helpline which anyone who is injured by a dog is welcome to call. Phone 0808 139 1606 or email him at [email protected]