american bully breed information

As seen on the american bully kennel club website

General Impression:
The American Bully should give the impression of great strength for its size. Compact to medium/large size dog with a muscular body and blocky head. Powerful in it's movement and should display effortless movement at the same time. Keenly alive and alert to its surroundings. The American Bully should have the appearance of heavy bone structure with a Bully build and look.

Medium in length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, and high set ears.
Ears- Natural or cropped
Eyes- All colors except albinism. Eye shape is oval to slightly roundish, low down in skull and set far apart.
Muzzle- Short-Medium blocky upper side or slightly squared to fall away abruptly below eyes.
Jaws- well defined.
Under jaw- to be strong.
Lips- semi close and even, some looseness accepted (more so with the XL and Extreme varieties) but not preferred.
Upper Teeth- to meet tightly outside lower teeth in form or scissor bite accepted
Nose- all colors acceptable

Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulder to back of skull. (some looseness of skin is accepted with the XL and Extreme varieties) Compact to medium size should have minimal or no loose skin.

Strong and muscular with blade being wide and set wide.

Fairly short to medium back, slight sloping from withers to rump or straight accepted with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. (slightly higher rears accepted for XL and Extreme varieties) but not desired in the compact medium size.

Well sprung ribs, deep in rear and all ribs close together
Forelegs- set rather wide apart to permit chest development
Chest- should be deep and broad

Short to medium in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point
Kinks and Knots- are faults however accepted in the show ring but not preferred

Front legs- straight from legs, large or round bones, pastern upright are preferred
Feet- slight turning outwards is accepted as long as feet do not measures a 45 degree, should be of moderate size, well arched and compact
Hindquarters- well muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out (slight turns accepted in the XL and Extreme varieties)

Short, close, stiff to the touch and glossy

All colors and patterns are permissible

Dogs should be healthy and should NOT reach the point where it is considered obese. Height and weight should be in proportion of the body frame.
Height-Females 16 to 19 inches at withers Males 17-20 inches at withers
Weight- There is no particular weight for the breed

Should be effortless and powerful. The action must, however, be unrestrained, free and vigorous with powerful drive off the rear. (Some paddling and lumbering accepted in XL and Extreme varieties), but not preferred in compact to medium.

Faults to be penalized but not disqualifications for showing are:
Kinked tail
Twisted tail
Knotted tail
Long tail
Curled tail
Overly Short tail
Pink or Albino eyes
Undershot mouth
Overshot mouth
Severe turn fronts
Severe turn to rears
cryptorchidism-undesended testicle

Displaying or possessing aggressive behavior towards humans


Different styles of bullies:

The standard bully: see above info

The pocket bully: This is an amendment to the basic standard which a Pocket Bully is determined by its adult height. Males under 17 inches at the withers. Females under 16 inches at the withers.

The classic bully: This is an amendment to the basic standard which a Classic dog is determined by its body structure and build. Both sex dogs with lighter body frames and less overall body mass.

The xl bully: This is an amendment to the basic standard which a XL Bully is determined by its adult height. Males over 20 inches at the withers.Females over 19 inches at the withers.

The extreme bully: This is an amendment to the basic standard which a Extreme Bully is determined by its body structure and build.Both sex dogs with heavier body frames and more overall body mass.


Health Concerns: Like any breed of dog the american bully comes along with common health issues you may encounter, here is a list of those concerns.

hip and elbow dysplasia

skin allergies, sensitivity and other related issues

heat sensitivity and heat stroke

heart murmurs

Temperment: this breed is a wonderful addition to any family or single person who has the room and time for a dog who loves attention, needs exercise and strives to please. like many other bully breeds the american bully is a loyal companion dog who wants nothing more than the love and attention of their owner. its important to give your bully lots of activties to keep them busy, a tired bully is a happy bully. they are very trainable, but yet come with a hard head at times so patience is the key. the breed is good with other dogs/pets as long as they are socialized with them from an early age. children and bullies also go hand in hand, but always take precaution as you would with any large breed so that everyone stays safe, both dog and the child should know their boundaries.

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