XL bully dogs are going up for sale on pet websites after the government announced plans for a ban by the end of the year.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said American XL bully dogs will be banned after a number of attacks, including that of an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham.

The ban sparked outrage among owners, with one XL bully owner in Bolton organising a protest, which would require XL bully dogs already owned to be muzzled.

One website, called "Preloved" listed a four-month-old XL bully puppy for £350 in Bolton.

The post was created a couple of weeks ago with the description: “I have one female XL bully puppy left for sale.

“She’s a choc tri and up for sale due to being messed around by new owners as they didn’t have time for her.

“Even though she has been messed around, it hasn’t brought her spirit down.

“She’s very friendly, loves people, food, and she’s sued to children and other pets.

“She’s a beautiful girl who needs a loving home and if no home is found, she will stay with me.”

Two other XL bully dogs have been on sale in Manchester and another three puppies have been on sale in Heywood for £350 each.

The Bolton News: American XL bull dogs are to be banned, Rishi Sunak has said

The government has said there will be a transition period and owners of the XL bully dogs do not need to take any action at this stage.

A small protest against this change took place in Bolton outside the town hall on Saturday, September 23.

No dogs were present but people attended, holding signs of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak muzzled with messages stating “Muzzle Rishi” and “Don’t Bully My Breed".

Organiser Paul Hopwood said: “They are only dangerous in the wrong hands.

“I own two and they are never any problems.

“They are in the wrong hands.

“People want to use them as a fashion accessory like a bracelet.

“They don’t really know exactly how powerful they can be.”

Early in September, a 60-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a dog dangerously out of control after two men and an 11-year-old girl were injured by an XL bully crossbreed which was out of control in Birmingham.

And recently, Ian Price, a 52 year old man from Staffordshire, died in hospital after being attacked by two XL bullies.

But XL bully owners maintain that the problem with attacks stems from owners and not the dog breed itself.