American Bully

66-120 lbs
14-20"
United States
Bully, American Bully Pit, Bully Pit Bull
Despite its intimidating figure, largely thanks to its heaving mass of muscle, the American Bully is actually quite fun-loving and surprisingly affectionate. While they are often confused for both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Bulldog, the American Bully is a distinct breed, although they are closely related to the other two breeds. They are known to be highly intelligent, eager to please, good with children, wary of strangers, and some of the most lovable family dogs out there when properly trained and socialized. Because of all that and more, this breed is quickly becoming one of the most popular around.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
1980s
Ancestry
American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier

American Bully Health

Average Size
Male American Bully size stats
Height: 16-23 inches Weight: 66-120 lbs
Female American Bully size stats
Height: 14-20 inches Weight: 66-120 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Deafness
  • Cherry Eye
  • Ectropion
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination

American Bully Breed History

Unlike many of its storied relatives whose histories seem to get cloudier with time, the American Bully is extremely well-documented. It was largely developed between 1980 and 1990, the aim of several enthusiasts who wanted to refine similar current breeds into a great family/companion dog with a distinct look. The heart of their lineage is split between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier but they have also been influenced by the French Bulldog, English Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, and American Bulldog as well. Recognized by the United Kennel Club, this breed comes in four types, each characterized by its height, weight, and overall appearance. The Pocket version is the shortest, with males being under 17" and females under 14", but still packs a considerable amount of muscle. The Standard is exactly as it sounds -- the standard of the breed, sitting between other weights/sizes -- and is basically a larger version of the Pocket with more height and weight yet sharing a highly similar look. The Classic is a step in a different direction, largely being the same height as the Standard but with considerably less muscle mass, having a closer resemblance to an American Pit Bull Terrier with a lighter, more athletic frame. The XL is basically a taller, heavier version of the Standard. Many do consider there to be more categories beyond this, such as the XXL (Extreme) and Micro, but they are currently unrecognized in any official capacity. In any case, regardless of their size, they all share a similar temperament and overall characteristics.Earlier in their development, there was a much larger array of physical characteristics within the breed causing the first group to recognize them, the American Bully Kennel Club, to penalize them harshly in early showings and forced owners and breeders to tighten their efforts closer to the breed standards. Since their inception, they have been rising in popularity due to their distinct looks and great personalities and were even recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2013.

American Bully Breed Appearance

American Bullies aren't hard to spot, as they generally look like the guy who spends too much time at the gym. Three of the four recognized types share a very similar appearance, usually only varying in overall weight and height but maintaining almost all of the same general features. They are easily one of the most well-muscled breeds out there and have been bred to have a wide chest to accommodate for it. They have large but not disproportionate boxy heads with a similarly boxy, short, broad, muzzle, well defined cheeks, and large noses that are not limited in color. Their eyes are oval in shape and generally come in every color but blue while their ears are high set and may be natural or cropped. They have medium length but heavily-muscled necks, deep, wide chests, well-defined shoulder blades and a wide front stance. Their hindquarters are easily as well developed in terms of muscle as the front, if not more so, and are capped with a slight curve in their backs. Their tails are thick and tapering and come in straight or "crank handle" style. Their coats are glossy and smooth but do have a bit of coarseness to them and come in every color and pattern except true albino and merle.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel American Bully eyes
Hazel
brown American Bully eyes
Brown
amber American Bully eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
blue American Bully nose
Blue
black American Bully nose
Black
brown American Bully nose
Brown
isabella American Bully nose
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle American Bully coat
Brindle
sable American Bully coat
Sable
pied American Bully coat
Pied
white American Bully coat
White
silver American Bully coat
Silver
blue American Bully coat
Blue
fawn American Bully coat
Fawn
isabella American Bully coat
Isabella
cream American Bully coat
Cream
red American Bully coat
Red
brown American Bully coat
Brown
gray American Bully coat
Gray
black American Bully coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
American Bully straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

American Bully Breed Maintenance

American Bullies are considered a low maintenance breed. They are average shedders but sport a short coat, so brushing them with a firm bristle brush a few times a week should help to keep their coat healthy and your home less hairy. They generally keep themselves pretty clean and don't need regular bathing unless they roll in something offensive. Their nails should be checked and trimmed regularly to prevent painful cracking or breaking. Their teeth should be brushed once a week if possible, more often than that is ideal and may avoid costly dental expense in the future.
Brushes for American Bully
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
American Bully requires weekly brushing
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American Bully Temperament

Out of all the accounts of American Bullies currently out there, the most common traits to all sizes and types is that they are highly affectionate with their families and have a true zest for life that they exhibit on a regular basis. They are known to be a highly intelligent breed as well, but because of it, the learning curve and patience needed to thoroughly train them means they will most often need an experienced and consistent owner to get the best out of their behavior overall. While they are generally good in the home with family and children inherently, they can be a bit standoffish with strangers and other dogs, so it is strongly recommended that they be thoroughly trained and socialized from a very early age. Those who are unable to maintain a firm hand and consistent direction would be better left to adopt an adult dog that has already been through the rigors of training. They are also outgoing and courageous, which is another reason they make great dogs overall when fully socialized, as they will do nearly anything asked of them to please their owners. Despite what may seem like a hinderance in terms of overall build, they are actually surprisingly athletic and will participate in playtime with vigor but be forewarned they are extremely strong and often show their affection with rough play. If nothing else, their rise in popularity is a strong testament to their status as beloved companions, even if they take a lot of patience, training, and socialization, as the end results are highly desirable.

American Bully Activity Requirements

Partially because of their muscular build and partially because of their size, American Bullies generally need a good amount of exercise on a regular basis to stay happy and healthy. It's difficult to put a direct figure on the length or amount they will truly need, as the range of types and sizes is quite vast, but generally speaking, the smaller the dog the less exercise they will need overall, as their shorter legs will have to work harder than that of their longer-legged relatives. To be safe, give them around 60 minutes of exercise daily and around 16 miles of walking/running per week. Gauge their ability to keep up with high-intensity activities, as their shorter muzzles can compromise efficient breathing and make them winded if they over-exert themselves.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

American Bully Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.00 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$60.00 - $90.00

American Bully Height & Weight

6 Months
Male American Bully size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 66.5 lbs
Female American Bully size stats at six months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 66.5 lbs
12 Months
Male American Bully size stats at 12 months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 79.5 lbs
Female American Bully size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 79.5 lbs
18 Months
Male American Bully size stats at 18 months
Height: 19.5 inches Weight: 93.0 lbs
Female American Bully size stats at 18 months
Height: 17.0 inches Weight: 93.0 lbs

American Bully Owner Experiences

Darla-Blu
12 Weeks
5 People
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Laid back dog. Very affectionate
2 weeks, 1 day ago
DOZER
5 Months
3 People
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HE IS AN AWESOME DOG VERY LOVING AND CARING LOYAL. BUT I HAVE AN ISSUE WHEN ONE OF US LEAVE HE PEES ON THE FLOOR AFTER I TOOK HIM OUT
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Gizmo
4 Months
2 People
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We've only had him for a few days, but we are so in love. He is SO AFFECTIONATE. He loves to be with both of us and misses us when one is in another room, even when the other is there. He is getting the hang of a few commands like come, stay, and sit, but potty training has been the hardest yet. He is very affectionate with others as well. The times that he's been around other dogs he sniffs them and says hello, but after that doesn't really pay much mind to them unless they are playing with each other. Even if dogs are barking at or around him, he does not bark back.
1 month ago
Breeze
6 Months
2 People
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My bully is one the most sweetest and intelligent boy you’ll ever meet. He has two different colored eye He’s very clingy sometimes. Loves strangers and specially kids. Loves playing with soft toys and later destroy them. Loves loves loves cuddling. Sleeps majority of the day and is very calm headed. Couldn’t ask for a better dog
1 month, 1 week ago
Denver
3 Months
5 People
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I got my boy about a month ago, since I got him he’s been really smart. His behavior recently has been a little questionable, certain times when you pick him up he’ll snap his head back a growl and nip at your face, I just really want to cut that habit out before it gets too serious
1 month, 1 week ago
Gunner
4 Years
2 People
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I got extremely lucky that Gunner came into my life. He blonde to a friend of a friend. He and his wife were moving into a new build and the HOA doesn't allow "Pit Bulls". Well as we know that's not what they are. He is so loving, smart, and never leaves my side unless someone has a cookie or I leave without him. Loss for them and an amazing new friend for me. They just wanted him to have a good life and I don't think it could get much better for him. BEST DOG EVER!
1 month, 2 weeks ago
escobar
5 Months
2 People
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house training has been a work in progress, but he’s getting it fast. allergies are mild, but cause vet bills. he has an underbite, none of his litter mates do so i’m not sure why. we love him! he barks at everything he’s never heard before until i assure him it’s ok. he’s sleeping in bed with me right now, sleeps 11-13 hours through the night next to me! gentle with our cat, and loves to play with our 5 year old husky. his new brother!!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Abby
2 Years
2 People
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We adopted her and had no idea she was pure breed. When we got her she was about 45 lbs. she is now probably around 80 and never stops snacking lol. Very whiny when one of us or her brother leaves for work or a walk. Loves doggy daycare, anything she can destroy, treats and her big brother
2 months ago
Ace
5 Months
3 People
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Great dog but hard headed. Does well on house training but still has accidents. Have had problems with his skin, itches a lot.Had to go to the vet. for treatment, still working on it. All in all is a real treat.
2 months, 1 week ago
Broncs
9 Months
2 People
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We have just adopted him so much energy he is wearing me out lovely dog tho
2 months, 1 week ago
Son
11 Months
2 People
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I love my dog and wouldnt trade him fir anything. Theraputic for me
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Tank
6 Months
5 People
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My first American bully experience
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Abby
2 Years
2 People
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We just adopted her right before she was about to be put down. She is so loving. Did a dna test to find out she was 100% bully. only a few concerns since we have never had a bully before but she is the best little chew happy girl!
4 months, 1 week ago
Nation
18 Weeks
3 People
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I love to death but he just a handful because he loves to play a lot
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Rocky
6 Months
5 People
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smart but lazy, always wants something to eat
4 months, 4 weeks ago
Chico
3 Years
8 People
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He is the best he loves everything and everyone and is just happy to be here
5 months ago
Havana
6 Months
5 People
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She is the first Bully we have owned and she is soo good with the kid's and very affectionate with us all.She is not a fan of outsiders she's very protective! She loves her kitty cat brother as well!!
5 months, 1 week ago
Thor
16 Weeks
4 People
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This is my first american bully puppy and we recently got him but he seems to have addapted to us really well, he is really affectionate and easy to train. He arived with a rash but we took him to the vet and he is getting better verry rapidly. He is a verry happy dog
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Buddha
10 Months
5 People
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I love him! He is the sweetest dog. He’s friendly and loving. He’s very shy of strangers.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Gabbar
One Month
4 People
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Surely will share with you after few months.
7 months, 1 week ago
Hades
14 Weeks
6 People
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This is my first bully. He has only been with us a short time (puppy), but has settled in our busy home extremely well. Kids range from 8 years to 7 months. He plays appropriately with all 4 children. He is exceptionally gentle with our 7 month old baby. He is eager to learn. Extremely affectionate.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Greta
7 Years
2 People
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Rescued from a shelter. Very typical breed personality. Just wants to cuddle 24/7 but loves her walks and toys and has bursts of energy randomly where she can get a little rough. VERY wary of strangers especially when we’re outside the house. Protective of her owners, but sociable and outgoing when in our condo with people she trusts. Very dog reactive... has to be an only dog!
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Wicked
4 Months
5 People
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We are first time owners so we're having a hard time at first. Best thing with him, he's a fast learner. We have problems in terms of poop and pee, he can follow basic instructions,sit, stay, wait, no.. But I feel sorry because he sleeps outside, my mothe doesnt want him inside the house. But I make sure that I walk him, i play with him and socialize him outside everyday.
1 year ago
Odin
3 Months
7 People
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He is still very small but very smart, everyday we learn something new about him as he does about us, everyone at the house loves him, he’s still learning where his pee pads are, he also bites on everything, including our furniture, we are all looking forward to having him forever!
1 year ago
Wanda
4 Months
7 People
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She's so energetiiiiic! She keeps on jumping around the house and keeps on biting stuffs. I hope she'll get trained as soon as possible.
1 year, 1 month ago
Aggie
6 Years
2 People
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Best dog I've ever owned!!
1 year, 3 months ago
Nala
5 Years
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I couldn’t have asked for a better best friend! She loves everyone and she’s amazing with kids! She swears she’s a lap do so if she fits she sits. She’s very low maintenance. As long as you feed her on time and let her sleep on you bed she’s content with life!
1 year, 8 months ago
Roo
17 Weeks
2 People
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Roo is a very loved dog not only by us but by everyone she meets. She is very energetic so we have to walk/run her alot. She is also very protective. Anyone who approaches the house is met with a scary looking dog until she confirms there isnt a danger.
1 year, 9 months ago
blu
9 Months
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i got my american bully and we didn’t really know what exactly what the breed was at first but doing research we understood a little better lol and there becoming more popular, but my american bully is actually really loving even thought he doesn’t give much kisses but that’s okay lol i don’t think he knows how lol but he does slobber A LOT and when he drinks he like puts his whole snout in and then water and slobber just pours out the sides of his mouth flaps lol, also mines bark is very deep and loud so they can make good guard/ protection dogs lol but he is very sweet he’ll sit on your lap even though he’s about 80 pounds and he’ll jump up and put his paws on you if your sitting on the toilet lol also mine likes to jump the fence lol but if you get one you really have to train them early
2 years, 2 months ago
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