Controversy Surrounding ‘Killer Kimbo’: Claims of Steroid-Induced Aggression in XL Bully Dogs

Controversy Surrounding ‘Killer Kimbo’: Claims of Steroid-Induced Aggression in XL Bully Dogs

Controversy Over XL Bully Dogs

Amidst growing controversy, the breeder of ‘Killer Kimbo,’ a US XL Bully dog connected to a significant portion of Britain’s XL Bully population, has made startling claims about the breed.

The breeder, Gustavo Castro, asserts that XL Bully dogs become dangerous only when owners inject them with steroids, challenging the perception that aggression is inherent in the breed.

‘Killer Kimbo’ and Inbreeding

‘Killer Kimbo,’ known for its impressive size and strength, is believed to have sired hundreds of puppies. However, reports suggest that its parents were a brother-sister pairing, deliberately chosen to enhance their muscular build through inbreeding.

This practice aimed to create a larger and more robust frame for the offspring.

Defending ‘Killer Kimbo’

Castro passionately defends ‘Killer Kimbo,’ describing the dog as a ‘gentle giant’ that interacted well with his family, including his six daughters.

He suggests that the blame for aggressive offspring should be placed on owners who inject their dogs with steroids rather than on the dog itself.

Inbreeding and Shallow Gene Pool

Extensive genealogy research has revealed a troubling pattern of inbreeding in XL Bully dogs.

This practice has led to a shallow gene pool, resulting in unstable and potentially aggressive dogs. Reports suggest that such dogs are responsible for a significant portion of dog attacks in Britain.

XL Bully’s Global Impact

‘Killer Kimbo’ has left a substantial legacy, with an estimated 600 offspring worldwide.

However, Castro emphasizes that his dogs are naturally large, and their size is often attributed to their mothers’ genetics.

Injecting steroids and other substances, he argues, leads to abnormal and potentially aggressive behavior.

Campaign Group’s Concerns

The campaign group BullyWatch raises concerns about the products of ‘Killer Kimbo,’ linking them to at least ten violent incidents globally.

Genealogy research conducted by Gloria Zsigmond, a scientist and BullyWatch campaigner, reveals that 32 out of 50 breeding dogs in the UK have connections to ‘Killer Kimbo.’

Calls for Breed Regulation

Following a recent surge in dog attacks involving XL Bully dogs in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to introduce regulations under the Dangerous Dogs Act by the end of the year.

These regulations aim to address the issue and improve community safety.

Tragic Incidents Spark Action

Recent tragic incidents, including the mauling of Ian Price and an attack on Ana Paun, have raised concerns about the XL Bully breed’s potential danger.

Ana Paun, an 11-year-old girl, recounted a terrifying encounter with an XL Bully dog that left her injured and traumatized.

Defining the XL Breed

Environment Secretary Therese Coffey plans to convene a meeting with experts to establish a clear definition for the XL Bully breed, which has gained popularity in the UK.

The breed’s origin traces back to the 1980s when American pitbull terriers were crossed with Staffordshire terriers.

Addressing a Growing Concern

The incidents involving XL Bully dogs have prompted a nationwide discussion about responsible breeding practices, breed regulation, and the safety of communities. The breed’s popularity, coupled with potential risks, has made it a pressing issue in the UK.

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