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
Daily Weekly Monthly

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 inches Weight: 66 lbs
Female American Bully size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 66 lbs
12 Months
Male American Bully size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 79 lbs
Female American Bully size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 79 lbs
18 Months
Male American Bully size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 93 lbs
Female American Bully size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 93 lbs

American Bully Owner Experiences

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9 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
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Energy
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Pastimes
Playing with toys
Cuddling
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
1 month, 2 weeks ago
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