The American Bully Breed: Lovable Brutes

The American Bully is a powerfully built dog with wide shoulders and a bulging muscle structure, stout bodies and a squat stature. They can weigh upwards of 100 pounds with males ideally males standing from between 17'' to 20'' and females 16'' to 19'' in height.
A Bully with good confirmation is qualified as having a broad, triangular head with small ears that are either at a half prick, have a rose bud or are cropped. American Bullies have short, fine hair that can be almost any color or pattern. The only color that is a disqualifier is merle as are eyes of two different colors. At rest, the tail should trail off the croup of the Bully in a pump handle shape.


About the American Bully Breed and Its History


The American Bully Breed is often mistakenly referred to using the generic term ''pit bull.'' So too are the United Kennel Club's American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and the American Kennel Club's Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT).
While the APBT and the SBT are arguably the same breed--merely registered with different kennel clubs--the American Bully is distinctly different from these two other ''bully breeds.'' In July 15, 2013, the American Bully was recognized by the United Kennel Club as a breed in and of itself. The American Kennel Club still does not recognize the breed, but will not qualify these dogs as ASTs as it is both thicker boned and has a much lower profile in relation to the ground, further proof that it is a breed in and of itself.
Much of the confusion arises because the American Bully Breed is a descendent of the APBT and/or the SBT. the APBT and SBT were mixed with larger breeds like the American Bulldog to create a breed with their traits, but a much heavier frame, and the result was the American Bully
Still, the popularity of the breed is making it much harder for those kennel clubs still denying its existence to stand by their claim.

What You Need to Know to Own an American Bully


Living Arrangements

While the American Bully is short in stature, it could easily be argued that it is a large breed dog. American Bullies over 100 pounds, particularly if they are overfed, are very common. As a result, it is important that you have the room for one. That means you will at least need a back yard and someplace to walk the dog regularly.

Idiosyncrasies of the Dog

The American Bully has had much of its dog aggressiveness bred out of it, at least in relation to the APBT and the SBT. However, the breed can still be very aggressive toward other dogs, particularly intact American Bully males. While they are not as dog aggressive as other ''bully breeds,'' if they do get into an altercation, it is important that the owner understand how to break up a dog fight. In other words, the owner of an American Bully should understand how to use a break stick and/animal mace.

Best Features of the Breed

Not only is the American Bully a handsome breed, they are incredibly lovable. The Bully constantly seeks attention from not only its master, but also other people, particularly children. It is an exceptional breed for families, does well with other pets and is friendly and likable around the neighborhood.
+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.