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Intro / Overview
(All dogs are individuals, which means any single dog from any breed can be any number of ways, both good and not so good. Keep that in mind as we discuss breed generalities!)
If you’re looking for a piece about mean kids in the United States…then you’re in the wrong place. This article is all about the American Bully – the new kid in the Bully dog breed group!
This beautiful breed was founded just a few decades ago by combining multiple Terrier and Bulldog breeds. This mixture created a breed with large noggins, muscular builds, broad chests, and wide-set legs. Basically, a canine version of that gym guy who always brags about how much he lifts (but much cuter).
Though they have the term “bully” in their name, American Bullies are anything but! This name is not a result from the breed’s temperament, but rather from its origin. In fact, American Bullies are known to have kind, easy-going dispositions and make great family dogs!
Read on to learn more about the American Bully!
Also Known As…
Bullypit. American Bully Pit. Pit Bull in most parts of the world. Furry Gargoyle. “The sloppiest kind of Pit Bull-type dog!”
Though dogs have been man’s (and woman’s!) best friend for 300 centuries, the American Bully is a recent breed. The American Bully originated in the United States between 1980 and 1990 by an infusion of the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Olde English Bulldog, and English Bulldog. On July 15, 2013, the United Kennel Club officially recognized the American Bully as a distinct breed.
Contrary to what their stature or name implies, American Bullies are not purposed to be guard dogs or fighting dogs. The American Bully Kennel Club stated that this breed was “formed with the purpose of being the ultimate companion breed.” Looks like American Bullies have been doing an A+ job in fulfilling their destiny!
American Bullies have compact, bulky, muscular bodies and big, blocky heads. They come in four recognized size variations: Standard, Pocket, Classic, and XL.
- Standard: 16-19 inches (female), 17-20 inches (male) tall
- Pocket: 13-16 inches (female), 14-17 inches (male) tall
- XL: 19-22 inches (female), 20-23 inches (male) tall
- Classic: lighter frame and less exaggerated features than the Standard, but same height range
Don’t let the height fool you, American Bullies pack a lot of weight into their compact stature! An individual dog’s weight depends on his or her height, stature, and physical condition. Typically, an American Bully’s weight falls within the range of 66-88 pounds.
Contrary to the “bully” moniker, American Bullies are loving and laid back lap dogs disguised in a bulky body. While they may not always get along with other dogs, they are loyal to their pack. This means that they are both affectionate towards and protective of their humans. Contrary to negative stereotypes, these friendly, gentle giants make great family dogs and love kids! Of the Bully breeds, American Bullies are one of the most tolerant towards other dogs.
In fact, the American Bully was specifically created with the intent to hone in on sociable personality traits. The American Bully Kennel Club reported that,
Like with the American Staffordshire Terrier, all the positive characteristics of the breed’s ancestry were kept like loyalty, stability with humans and other physical attributes; but traits of dog aggression and gameness were bred out of the breed because the breed had no future and purpose for those traits.American Bully Kennel Club
Intelligence / Trainability
American Bullies were bred to be very trainable and intelligent. And, like many pups, American Bullies are eager to please!
Because of this, they are typically very obedient and willing to be trained. So, if you’re looking for a furry Einstein who will bend-over-backwards for you, look no further!
Best Training Techniques For American Bullies
Because of their people-pleasing personalities, American Bullies are quite trainable! They are also very intelligent and are capable of learning a great amount of tricks and commands.
An American Bully will do anything for a treat. So, rewards-based training methods are very effective with this breed – especially when treats are involved!
Though American Bullies are not particularly aggressive, there is still the possibility for any breed (especially those in the Bully breed group) to be triggered by certain animals or situations. Training and socialization can help keep American Bullies calm and collected in potential confrontations.
An American Bully’s ideal home would be a house with a yard and a loving family! If you don’t have a yard – don’t fret! American Bullies can receive sufficient exercise by playing indoors or going on daily walks.
These pups also need a home that provides them mental stimulation. So, stock up on toys and games for your American Bully to play with while you’re away! This intelligent breed can have destructive tendencies when bored, but this can be combatted with sufficient play and exercise.
Furthermore, American Bullies may need a home in which there are no existing small pets and no existing dogs. This breed is loving and social with humans, but does not always get along with other animals. However, American Bullies can live happy and harmoniously with pets they were raised with! So, feel free to raise your American Bully puppy with another puppy if they have bonded well!
Good For Families And Kids?
American Bullies are a great choice for family pets! They’re loyal, loving, playful, and snuggly – what more could you want? American Bullies are fond of children and will love your kids like her own!
On average, American Bullies have a lifespan of 8 to 13 years.
At this point, no health studies have been conducted on this breed. Thus, there is little conclusive information concerning American Bully health issues.
However, their ancestry may provide clues to their health. EasyPetMD noted that, “the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier tend to be in very good health, while the English Bulldog is widely considered the unhealthiest of all dog breeds. For now, most seem to believe that the American Bully is virtually indistinguishable from the American Pit Bull Terrier, but the accuracy of this belief is unknown.”
An issue common in American Pit Bull Terriers and likely common in American Bullies is demodicosis. Demodicosis (also called Demodex mange and Demodectic mange) is a skin condition caused by mites. This typically does not cause health issues for dogs aside from hair loss. However, demodicosis can trigger an autoimmune reaction in some dogs.
Skeletal and visual problems have also been frequently reported in this breed. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and cataracts. Thus, it may be beneficial to have your American Bully checked by canine orthopedic and visual specialists as he or she ages.
The American Bully is an adaptable breed who can be easy-going and gentle at home and energetic and active while outside! They are general relaxed and calm but can get amped up when its playtime. While this is not the most hyper breed, American Bullies need slightly more exercise than other companion breeds. So, make sure your American Bully gets at least 45 minutes to an hour of exercise everyday to keep her happy and healthy!
Friendly with (Dogs? Strangers? Cats/Other Pets?)
As noted above, American Bullies are generally out-going and friendly with humans. They love meeting new people!
While they are not particularly reactive, American Bullies do not always get along with other animals. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, right? So, be sure to remain cautious and calm when introducing your American Bully to other dogs or other species. Training and early socialization go a long way, too.
Coat & Grooming
American Bullies never have a bad hair day! They don a short, smooth, and glossy coat. So short that it doesn’t exceed 1/2 inch in length!
Due to this, American Bullies require very little grooming. All they need is a quick brush every week or so. Talk about low-maintenance!
However, it’s important to keep in mind that pups with this fur type may get particularly chilly in cold weather. So, sweaters and jackets can help keep your American Bully toasty on a frosty day. You can even don matching holiday sweaters and pose for the cutest Seasons Greetings card ever.
Toys American Bullies Would Like Best
American Bullies are smart cookies that will do anything for some kibble! Keep their minds entertained and their tummies happy with Puzzle Toys! Your American Bully will love uncovering the puzzle’s hidden treats and you’ll have a blast watching her do so.
Of course, Super Chewer Toys are also a great bet, as American Bullies are known for their love of chewing things.
For a more extensive list, check out the following post: What Are The Best Toys For Pit Bulls?
Recommended Diet or Supplements
A protein content of at least 30% is important, as is choosing a food rich in essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA. American Bullies that do not get enough Omega Fatty Acids from their diet may benefit from a fish oil supplement to help reduce inflammatory conditions like skin allergies.
Fish Oil Skin & Coat Supplement
If your Bully has itchy, allergic skin these vet-formulated chews provide relief and help support a healthier coat. Made with all-natural ingredients including Omega 3, 6, 9, and Vitamin E, they also provide immune support. ($19.99)
Glucosamine Supplement For Hip & Joints
With so many potential hip and joint problems, American Bullies could use some therapeutic support. Made with all-natural glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid, this vet-formulated supplement
helps ease joint pain and support healthy cartilage. It tastes pretty good, too! ($32.99.)
Orthopedic Ultra Plush Memory Foam Dog Bed
Am Staffs have big muscles, big bones and big booties! With all that jelly, they need a supportive orthopedic bed to relieve their pressure points as well as any aches and pains. This ergonomic memory foam bed is made specifically for dogs prone to hip dysplasia and other orthopedic issues. ($27.99-64.99.)
Notable Rescues to Find the American Bully of Your Dreams:
Notable American Bullies On Instagram
Able @AbleTheBlue !
Remo @Remo_The_Bully !
Zaza @ZazaBully !
***Looking for a gift to blow your American Bully’s mind? Spoil them with a Super Chewer BarkBox! Every month Super Chewer delivers 2 super-durable toys, designed in-house, 2 full bags of all-natural treats, and 2 (!!!) meaty chews. Sign up here and receive a free extra toy every month.
Featured image via Debo_The_Bully/Instagram
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The American Bully: Ten Things You Ought To Know
The American Bully is such a sweet dog. This is a breed that looks intimidating with its massive head, broad shoulders and muscular body, but this baby doll is just that; a complete baby doll. When our best friends brought home an American Bully puppy over a year ago, we were shocked. We thought they were mean dogs; aggressive and very difficult to live with. They had a new baby boy in the house, a toddler son, as well, and we privately thought this was a questionable decision on their part. Over time, however, getting to know Diesel and spending time with him several days a week over the course of his life, we’ve come to realize that this breed is nothing more than a big bundle of love.
This breed is sweet. It’s not aggressive, it’s friendly and it’s really, really good with kids. Never have I experienced so much patience and kindness in a dog with children. Diesel, our favorite American Bully, will run through the yard and happily chase the big kids as they ride their Power Wheels back and forth, squealing with delight as he runs happily after them and then he will come into the house and find our 18-month-old twins so he can cuddle them. He’s patient and he loves them, and he’s great. The most dangerous thing about this breed is his forcefully wagging tail – it’ll take a kid down if you’re not careful.
Now that you know this breed is a giant teddy bear, what’s left to know? Well, here are a few things you should know if you are considering this breed as a household pet.
These are Happy Dogs
The American Bully is a very happy dog. This dog loves to walk, lay down with the family, sit outside, play with the kids, eat, breathe, stand still, sleep; you name it and this dog is about to do it with as much happiness as you’ve seen a dog do anything over the course of your life. It’s a happy breed, and there is nothing wrong with a dog that has this kind of enthusiasm.
They’re Loyal Dogs
When you bring home a dog from this particular breed, be prepared for loyalty. This is a dog that answers to you, does what it can to protect you and lives to please you. This dog does not like when you are disappointed in him and he’s very loyal to you in every way.
They’re very Friendly Dogs
Don’t expect the American Bully to behave aggressively toward others. In fact, you should expect that this dog is about to make a new friend. He loves people, loves to be friendly and has no problem making new friends if he can get anyone to overlook his very scary appearance long enough to want to be his friend. He can’t help that he looks terrifying. Remember – don’t judge a book by its cover.
They’re very Gentle Dogs
What most people who have a relationship with an American Bully already know is that these are very gentle dogs. I can tell you with certainty that even when our kids are being crazy around this dog, he is very careful to remain gentle. Even when very excited, he seems hyper aware of the fact that he is much larger than our kids and he is sure to keep himself in check so that he doesn’t harm them in any way.
They’re very Tolerant Dogs
You’ve never met a dog that will take abuse like an American Bully. Kid are, by nature, rough. They don’t understand how to be gentle at a certain age, and that’s what makes this dog so great for families. He knows that kids are rough, and he’s tolerant of that. I’ve seen our favorite American Bully, Diesel, sit on the ground with a look of resigned acceptance on his face as his 2-year-old rides him like a horse without moving a muscle.
This is a very Protective Dog
While the American Bully is not aggressive and is actually rather friendly, it will fight to the death if you are threatened. Back this dog into a corner with negative intentions or harm his or her family and you might not live to see tomorrow. This is a dog that will take a bullet for its family and it will attack anything that is attacking his people – kids or adults. You can see this dog attacking a snake, a coyote, a human with a gun; this is a brave and fearless dog that will do anything to keep you safe.
The American Bully Needs an Alpha Owner
Here’s where you have to consider your own personality. If you are not a take charge kind of person, this is not the breed for you. In fact, the American Bully likes to be in charge, so it needs someone that will assert almost immediately that they are in charge so that this dog is not under the mistaken impression that he is in charge. If you are timid, this might not be the breed for you.
They’re Easy to Groom
Good news potential dog owners; you do not have to worry about too much in the grooming department with this breed. The American Bully has a very short coat that requires infrequent brushing. It sheds, but not enough to make you feel as if your home is being overrun by dog hair, and it doesn’t need frequent grooming like a Maltese or a Poodle or a breed with longer hair.
They Love Exercise
American Bullies are sweet dogs, and they love to exercise. However, they can become very hot very quickly. You should take your dog out every single day for a nice, brisk walk, and let him play in the yard when possible. But, when it’s hot out, have a small pool with cool water your dog can lie in to cool off when he starts to warm up. Safety first, all the time.
They’re Generally Healthy Dogs
Many dogs suffer from some breed-specific health issues, but not the American Bully. In fact, this is a dog that has no real health issues unless the breeder that raised your dog was doing it improperly and issuing steroids to the dog to make it look more muscular. Of course, all dogs are just as likely as one another to be diagnosed with health issues, but this one is not more so because of its genetic history.
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The American Bully is also sometimes called the Bullypit or American Bully Pit. The name Bullypit is also used by some hybrid clubs as the name for the American Bulldog / American Pit Bull Terrier mix, which is not the same as the American Bully breed.
The American Bully has a short, close, stiff to the touch and glossy coat. All colors and patterns are acceptable. The head of the American Bully is a medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, and high set ears. The ears can be cropped or uncropped. Eyes: all colors except albinism; Round to oval, low down in skull and set far apart. Muzzle: medium length, rounded on upper side or slightly squared to fall away abruptly below eyes. Jaws well defined. Under jaw to be strong and display biting power. Lips close and even, some looseness accepted, but not preferred. Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front or scissor bite accepted. Nose: all colors acceptable. The neck is heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length. Shoulders are strong and muscular with blades wide and sloping. The back is fairly short. Slight sloping from withers to rump or straight accepted with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Slightly higher rears accepted, but not encouraged. The body has well-sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development. Chest deep and broad. The tail is short in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point; not curled. Not docked. Front legs should be straight. A slight turning outwards of the feet is accepted but not desired, large or round bones, pastern upright. No resemblance of bend in front. Hindquarters: well-muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out. Feet: of moderate size, well-arched and compact. Gait: should be springy with drive off the rear.
Note: When someone refers to a 'blue-nose', or a 'red-nose' pit bull they are referring to the color of the dog.
The American Bully is a happy, outgoing, stable and confident dog. Gentle and loving toward people. Good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and an affectionate family pet. Almost always obedient, this dog wants nothing more than to please its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is very full of life. This breed possesses the loyalty and stability of the American Pit Bull Terrier while retaining the sociable, amiable, and outgoing temperament of the American Staffordshire Terrier. This unique breed is noted for displaying extreme tolerance with children and an overwhelming eagerness to please its family. Confident, yet not aggressive, this breed possesses a very pleasant temperament. Physically, the American Bully has an impressive, athletic build, which is both muscular and defined, and displays strength and agility. The breed is versatile and capable of accomplishing a wide variety of tasks. All around, the American Bully is a well-rounded, reliable, trustworthy and ideal family companion. The breed is very outgoing with an eagerness to please. They are known for their courage. A persistent fighter if provoked. Highly protective of his owners and the owner's property, it will fight an enemy to the death if the enemy traps the dog in a corner and threatens its loved ones. This breed has a very high tolerance for pain. Socialize very thoroughly when young to curb any dog aggressive tendencies. It has given outstanding results as a guardian of property, but is at the same time esteemed as a companion dog. This breed is not for the passive owner who does not understand that all dogs have an instinct to have a pack order. Read Top Dog. The American Bully needs an owner who is firm, but calm, confident and consistent. They need to know what is expected of them; rules to follow and limits to what they are and are not allowed to do. The objective in training and successfully keeping this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in their pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader; lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success.
Height: 13 - 21 inches (33 - 53 cm)
Weight: 70 - 120 pounds (31 - 54 kg)
There are 5 categories of the American Bully—pocket, standard, extra-large (XL), extreme and classic. Weight and height vary greatly and are not considered important, however correct proportion of weight to height is.
Beware: some Bully breeders give their dogs steroids to produce a large muscular body. When the drugs are stopped the dog's body shrinks back down to a normal size, but leaves the dog with many health issues including organ and joint problems. Sometimes these drugs get passed from mother to puppy. If you are in the market to adopt a Bully be sure to find a drug- free breeder.
American Bullies will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and will do alright without a yard provided they get enough exercise. Prefer warm climates.
American Bullies must have plenty of regular exercise including a long brisk daily pack walk to relieve mental and physical energy.
About 8-12 years
About 4 to 10 puppies
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will make the coat gleam. This breed is an average shedder.
The American Bully breed was established in the mid-1990s with the purpose of creating the ultimate family companion. The American Bully was created through years of selective breeding by combining the desired traits of the UKC American Pit Bull Terrier and the AKC American Staffordshire Terrier. Some lines have added other bully breeds into the mix and sometimes non bully breeds. The American Bully's origins can be seen both on the East and West Coast of the United States, primarily in Virginia and Los Angeles, California and is spreading to all parts of the U.S. Today the American Bully can also be seen in Europe and Asia. The American Bully, also called the Bully Pit, Bullypit and the Bully Pitbull, is often confused with the American Pitbull Terrier but is clearly a different breed.
- ABKC = American Bully Kennel Club
- ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
- BBC = Backwoods Bulldog Club
- DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- EBKC = European Bully Kennel Club
- UCA = United Canine Association
- UKC = United KennelClub
Mia the 7-week-old American Bully puppy bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels—"Mia's daddy is named Ghost, also shown on this page. In a lot of ways she reminds me of Spike the Bulldog. She is affectionate and comical with a lot of character. A big personality in such a little body. She is possibly the most intelligent dog I have yet to own. Even with all of that affection and character she still shows signs of being a good guard dog. The other day she heard a strange noise and ran to the door letting out a bark that sounded like a big dog. After discovering what the noise really was, one of the kids playing with a squeaky toy, she walked away to do other things. Even at 7 weeks a tad of a guard instinct came out. This is her in her roly-poly pose."
Mia the American Bully Pit puppy as a 12 week old puppy bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels
Biggie the American Bully bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels
"CH. Purple Nova is a 2 year old Lilac Tri American Bully, he is an ABKC Champion and has earned points in other registries as well. He is owned by Andrea Clouse aka Mizz Bully, owner/operator of Diamond Dogs Kennels"
Sofia the American Bully at 8 months old—"Sofia was produced by RnC Kennels out of Lehigh Valley, Pa area. She is currently 13 inches tall and weighs about 50 lbs. She is a very loving and caring dog. She plays well with all other dogs and is very tolerant of my 2 young children as well as several of my nieces and nephews of all ages. Sofia was officially house/crate trained by 12 weeks of age. Her shedding is rare and mainly when the seasons change. I have owned American Bullies now for about 10 years and I would never own another breed! I love them and trust them. They are great with my children and that's all I can ask for!"
Caine Loks the American Bully Pit at 1 year old—"I got Caine when he was 3 weeks old. He is very loyal, protective, a good watch dog and a very good companion."
Ultimate Edge's Champion Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old
Adult American Bully, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels
"Leftie from Ruthless Kennels is an example of an American Bully coming from the Gotti Line Family. Please do not let the kennel name scare you. Lefty’s temperament is extremely low. He can be left alone with any child without being concerned about the child. Leftie stands at 16'' with a weight of 82.5 lbs. and a 24.5'' head. Ruthless Kennels was established in 2000." Photo taken by Arturo Salazar, RuthlessKennelsAZ
American Bully puppies, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels
BHK's Princess Quetzalli the American Bully at 5 months old—"Quetzalli is a half sister to BHK's Lil Kimbo. She is a very energetic 5-month-old Standard/Classic American Bully. She is a very confident little girl. She is full of life and love playing with her brothers. She loves to bask in the sun. She was the not the biggest pup of her litter, but what she lacks in size she makes up in personality."
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