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American Bully

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American Bully posing on grass

This is Ghost the Bully Pit at 2 years old bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels. Ghost is Mia the American Bully's daddy.

Other Names

American Bully Pit

Bully Pit

Bullypit

Bully Pit Bull

Bully Pitbull

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.

Description

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.

Temperament

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, Weight

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.

Health Problems

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.

Living Conditions

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.

Exercise

American Bullies must have plenty of regular exercise including a long brisk daily pack walk to relieve mental and physical energy.

Life Expectancy

About 8-12 years

Litter Size

About 4 to 10 puppies

Grooming

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.

Origin

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.

Group

Bully Breeds

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

American Bully laying in a chair

Jaws II the American Bully at 17 months old taking a nap on the chair—"He is the biggest baby ever."

 

Mia the American Bully puppy belly being exposed

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 puppy sitting outside

Mia the American Bully Pit puppy as a 12 week old puppy bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

Mia the American Bully puppy outside with a wooden glider on the porch in the background

Mia the American Bully at 8 1/2 months old weighing 67 pounds—bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

Mia the American Bully laying down outside on stone porch

Mia the American Bully at 8 1/2 months old weighing 67 pounds—bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

 

American Bully standing outside on snow

Biggie the American Bully bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully standing on lawn looking into the distance

Biggie the American Bully bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully standing on lawn looking straight into the camera

Biggie the American Bully bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully standing on lawn with Owner next to him

Biggie the American Bully bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

 

American Bully standing next to 3 trophies

"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"

Tri color American Bully glamour shot

CH.Purple Nova the blue-nose American Bully at 2 years old

 

American Bully sitting on grass with a chain collar on and its tongue out

Zeus the blue-nose American Bully at 3 years old

American Bully sitting on grass with a chain collar on at night

Zeus the blue-nose American Bully at 3 years old

Blue American Bully sitting on grass with mouth open and a lot of pink skin showing around the eyes

Zeus the blue-nose American Bully at 3 years old

American Bully sitting on grass at night

Zeus the blue-nose American Bully at 3 years old

American Bully with a chain collar on at night looking behind

Zeus the blue-nose American Bully at 3 years old

American Bully with a chain collar on

Zeus the blue-nose American Bully at 3 years old

American Bully sitting on grass with a chain collar on at night with mouth open side profile

Zeus the blue-nose American Bully at 3 years old

 

Tri color American Bully puppy sitting

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!"

 

White American bully standing in front of picnic tables with a person sitting behind it

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."

White American Bully standing between a picnic table and the bench

Caine Loks the American Bully Pit at 1 year old

Side profile of a white American Bully

Caine Loks the American Bully Pit at 1 year old

 

Ultimate Edge's Champion Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old

Ultimate Edge's Champion Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old

American Bully posing on grass

CH Casper's TI The King the American Bully at 2 years old—"TI is Diamond Dogs Kennels first ABKC Champion (Pocket Class) and is a great example of a healthy American Bully stud."

American Bully sitting near a window

BHK's Lil Kimbo the American Bully at 5 months old—"Kimbo is a 5-month-old Standard/XL American Bully from Black Hammer Kennels in Mexico City. He is a naturally submissive dog. He loves being outside and playing with his big brother a white Boxer named 'Lennon' ...yes like the Beatle!. His favorite activity is chasing the lizards that are basking in the patio, although he's not fast enough to catch them."

American Bully sitting near a window with a blanket in the background

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."

Dream the American Bully standing on grass

"Dream was out of my first litter of American Bullies; she is a classic style American Bully, shown here at 1 year old." Photo courtesy of Ashley Martin, On The Edge Kennel

Destiny the American Bully standing on grass

"Destiny is another American Bully from On The Edge Kennel. She is also the dam to Dream, shown above. Both females are classic style American Bullies."Photo courtesy of Ashley Martin, On The Edge Kennel

 

Leftie the American Bully standing on grass

"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 standing next to owner with ribbons

Diamondbacks Purple Casanova the American Bully at 2 years old—"Nova is Diamond Dogs Kennels second ABKC Champion. He fits the Classic Standard of the American bully breed. His color is defined as purple tri, also referred to as champagne tri or lilac tri. He is a very well mannered dog, with a playful, easy going personality. He absolutely loves kids."

American Bully puppy sitting on a blanket

DDKs Armanis Envy the American Bully puppy at 8 weeks old—"Envy is a Blue Tri colored American Bully puppy. She was produced at Diamond Dogs Kennels and is looking forward to showing ABKC in 2014, handled by her owner Andrea "Mizz Bully" Clouse."

 

Adult American Bully sitting in front of chain link fence wearing a big spike collar

Adult American Bully, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels

 

Ultimate Edge's Champion Chopper the American Bully standing on grass with mouth open

Ultimate Edge's Champion Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old

Bully Independence II Best Champion Trophy

Ultimate Edge's Chopper wins Best Champion at the Bully Independence II

Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old

Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old—"He made champion when he was 15 months old. He has a foot fetish so we call him Kinky. He loves water. His litter was also bottle fed starting at 4 days old. We had 11 and we were able to keep all alive and well even though our vet and other kennels said we would probably lose most of them. He's just another one of our kids!"

Chopper the American Bully sitting in front of a window

Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old

Chopper the American Bully sitting in a dune buggy

Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old with his owner

Chopper the American Bully sitting in kitchen with ball in mouth next to a lady

Chopper the American Bully at 2 years old with his owner

 

American Bully sitting on floor in front of a chair

"I am the owner of BullyDogKennels and this is my American Bully named Lil Nikki G. Leblue. She is 100% Gotti lines. I picked her up from the Imperial Kennels Kamp in San Diego. Her sire is IkWhiteout (RIP Kryptonight son) and her dam is Gotti lines Nikki Gotti, who is the daughter of double inbreed Leblue (moo, moo sister) and 21 Blackjack. She was 6 months at the time the picture was taken. A great dog raised with other breed dogs and with small children in the house. She loves them all. She has a great temperament and loves children."

Very small American Bully puppy standing with head turned to the right

"This is BigBully Kennel’s Toga (10 weeks old), (American Bully)."

 

Two American Bully Puppies being held

American Bully puppies, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels

American Bully standing in dirt with mouth open wearing a big spike collar

Adult American Bully, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels

American Bully standing in a corner with mouth open wearing a cross pendant

Adult American Bully, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels

 

American Bully standing outside with tongue out

Skylar, an American Bully, photo courtesy of Down South Smokin' Kennels

American Bully standing outside with trees in the background

Tricolor brown seal American Bully named Queen, photo courtesy of Down South Smokin' Kennels

 

Newborn American Bully puppy laying on a blanket

This is an 11-day-old Razor's Edge American Bully puppy named Maya. The owner is Reggaton Singer Oz from Puerto Rico. The stud is Whopper, shown below.

Newborn American Bully Puppy being held over a persons shoulder

This is an 11-day-old Razor's Edge American Bully puppy named Maya. The owner is Reggaton Singer Oz from Puerto Rico. The stud is Whopper, shown below.

American Bully with tongue out close up

Whopper the American Bully, stud of Maya the puppy above. Razor's Edge American Bully, owner Reggaton Singer Oz from Puerto Rico.

 

American Bully Puppy walking on sidewalk

This is Sugar the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old. Her father is a 130-pound American Bully.

American Bully Puppy walking on grass

Sugar the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old

American Bully Puppy walking along chain link fence

Sugar the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old

American Bully Puppy walking along chain link fence on grass smelling the ground

Sugar the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old

American Bully Puppy digging a hole

Sugar the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old

American Bully Puppy laying belly up on the grass

This is Baby the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old being checked out by Diesel the English Bulldog. Her father is a 130-pound American Bully.

American Bully Puppy sitting on patchy grass

Baby the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old

American Bully Puppy walking on patchy grass

Baby the American Bully puppy at 11 weeks old

 

American Bully sitting on grass with chain collar on

Ghost the Bully Pit at 2 years old bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully standing in house with big long tongue out

Ghost the Bully Pit at 2 years old bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully laying down in house with big long tongue out

Ghost the Bully Pit at 2 years old bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully standing outside with tongue out

Ghost the Bully Pit at 2 years old bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully standing outside with tongue out left profile

Ghost the Bully Pit at 2 years old bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels

American Bully sitting outside with tongue out left profile

Ghost the Bully Pit at 2 years old bred by Dazzling Bullies Kennels