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American Pit Bull Terrier vs. American Bully (Bully Pit)

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American Pit Bull Terrier Puppy Dogs - APBT

An American Pit Bull Terrier (left) bred by John Errington. An American Bully (right) bred by Ruthless Kennels.

People often confuse the American Pit Bull Terrier with the American Bully Pit. The American Bully is becoming very popular in the USA and most people lump the two together as one in the same when there are clear differences that even the average person could point out if they had a little bit of info on them.

The American Bully was started by crossing the American Pit Bull Terrier with other dogs in the bully breed family and sometimes dogs outside the bully family. The American Bully is becoming its own breed, and is not the same breed as the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT).

On the left is Spencer the blue nose brindle American Pit Bull Terrrier and on the right is Mia the 13-week-old blue nose American Bully Pit puppy.

One very clear difference is appearance. The American Bullies are more muscular and very broad often with larger heads and shorter legs. The American Pit Bulls are not as muscular and not as wide.

Pit Bulls are medium sized dogs weighing about 30 to 70 pounds and stand about 18 to 22 inches at the shoulders, while American Bullies are more like 50 to 120 pounds. In both breeds actual weight and height are less important than the proportion between weight and height. Weights and heights vary in both breeds, but the goal of the American Bully to be muscular and broad with a big head remains a clear difference.

Here are some examples...

 

Examples of American Bullies

Adult American Bully - Courtesy of Corleone Kennels

Adult American Bully, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels

Adult American Bully - Courtesy of Corleone Kennels

Adult American Bully, photo courtesy of Corleone Kennels

American Bully

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

 

Examples of American Pit Bull Terriers

Chevy is a female American Pit Bull shown here at 3 years old

Tokey an American Pit Bull Terrier at 7 years old

Tokey, an American Pit Bull Terrier at 7 years old

Zeppelin, the Pitbull Terrier as an adult, at 2 years old

Zeppelin the American Pit Bull Terrier at 2 years old

Tigger, the Pit Bull Terrier at 20 months old, weighing 60 pounds

Tigger the American Pit Bull Terrier at 20 months old, weighing 60 pounds

This is Danger the 6 1/2 year old red nose Pit Bull / American Bully mix. His mother was a American Pit Bull Terrier game dog and his father is an American Bully. A lot of people assume that the term game dog means a fighting dog, when actually it is a term for a working dog. A lot of hunting-type breeds and working terriers use the word game to describe their working dogs. Game refers to the type of dog who will work until it drops, never gives up, perseveres and is ready and willing for anything.

Danger the 6 1/2 year old red nose Pit Bull / American Bully mix

Danger the 6 1/2 year old red nose Pit Bull / American Bully mix

Danger the 6 1/2 year old red nose Pit Bull / American Bully mix

Danger the 6 1/2 year old red nose Pit Bull / American Bully mix

Danger the 6 1/2 year old red nose Pit Bull / American Bully mix

Danger the 6 1/2 year old red nose Pit Bull / American Bully mix