A dog groomer will offer American XL Bully owners the chance to have a free grooming session as she endeavours to change the breed's notorious reputation.

Gail Webster, who owns Gail's Dog Groom in Diss, will hold two days of free bathing for the breed at her holistic practice.

Holistic dog grooming is described as a process that treats dogs as complex, sensitive, living creatures and aims to support their psychological and physical well-being. 

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Eastern Daily Press: Gail Webster runs a holistic groomers in DissGail Webster runs a holistic groomers in Diss (Image: Gail Webster)

​Ms Webster's attempt to "give a voice to XL Bully owners" and bring awareness to the dog's "loving and family nature" comes after the prime minister announced a ban on the breed following a fatal attack last month.

"I speak to so many people on social media and in the community and their XL Bully is their baby or a member of the family to them," she said. 

"I want to shed light on the breed as a gesture of compassion and goodwill to the owners and people need to look at the bigger picture and realise that so many people own these dogs and they don't pose a threat."

There are plans to phase out the breed by the end of next year but owners will not face a cull of pets they bought prior to the ban.

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Existing owners could face a requirement to neuter their dogs and muzzle them in public, the government’s chief vet has suggested.

Ms Webster added: "If you've been affected by an attack you would obviously have a completely different viewpoint but I want to give these dogs a voice while they're constantly being penalised.

"I don’t think banning them will solve the real problem which lies with backyard breeders and the fact that we don’t know where these dogs are coming from."

The dates for the free grooming sessions will be announced on Facebook over the next few days.