Jeremy Clarkson dubs himself 'voice of reason' in dangerous dog debate

Clarkson's Farm star, Jeremy Clarkson, has weighed in on the controversial debate on whether to ban ownership of American XL bully dogs after a spate of deadly attacks

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Jeremy Clarkson has weighed in on the dangerous dogs debate after the Government announced it was banning a 'deadly' breed.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak revealed American XL bully dogs would be banned from the UK on Friday after a spate of deadly attacks by the breed, including an "appalling" attack on an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham. However, Clarkson's Farm star, Jeremy, 63, insists dangerous dogs will 'never go away' as owners will just invent new breeds to replace them.

Branding himself the "voice of reason" on the divisive topic, the presenter said “these dogs were bred to fight and kill". Speaking out about the Kennel Club’s recent comments that owners, and not dogs, are to blame for attacks he continued: “We have to accept that if you are the sort of shaven-headed brute with a neck the size of a birthday cake, extensive facial artwork, and a piece of string, you don't really want a King Charles spaniel on the other end of it. You want something scary, which is why you were drawn to the American XL bully…It's like walking around with a four-legged machine gun. People are going to get out of your way,” reports his column in the Sunday Times.

Rishi Sunak announced that American XL bully dogs were to be banned last week, saying the dog was "a danger to our communities, particularly our children". In a video announcement posted to X, formerly Twitter, the Prime Minister said the breed would be banned due to a “pattern of behaviour” that “cannot go on”. He added: "While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, I want to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public."

But Jeremy said all dogs can be dangerous, admitting a friend had a poodle that was the “scariest creature” he’d ever met. The former Top Gear host, who has two fox-red Labradors, added: “They are fully domesticated. Until they aren't.” He then revealed that while his pets are “soft”, the sight of a deer while on a walk can turn them into a "high-speed attack dog".

The Mirror has been campaigning to overhaul the Dangerous Dogs Act as Brits continue to be killed or seriously injured in vicious dog attacks. Three people including an 11-year-old girl were hurt in a dog attack in Birmingham earlier this month.West Midlands Police said the child was bitten as she ran past the animal while it was being walked by its owner. Two men intervened but were also bitten and left with injuries to their shoulders and arms. They were taken to hospital to be treated for their wounds.

Elsewhere, a “beautiful, amazing and bubbly” five-year-old girl had her left cheek bitten off when she was attacked by a pocket bully- type dog outside a shop. Little Farrah-Leigh Nichol was rushed to hospital after suffering “substantial injuries” to her face. She’s already had a three-hour operation, but will need at least two more skin graft operations to repair the damage.