Meet the American Bully: A Muscular Dog

The American Bullies are more muscular and very broad often with larger heads and shorter legs.
Meet the American Bully: A Muscular Dog

Last update: 16 December, 2019

The American bully is a breed recognized by the United Kennel Club, the American Canine Hybrid Club, and the ABKC. It’s a recently formed companion dog breed, as it was recognized in 1990. The first dogs of this kind appeared in 1980.

If you want to know more about this animal, read along! Despite his ‘bully’ appearance, his character and personality will never cease to surprise us.

Everything you need to know about the American Bully


The American bully was born out of the desire to have a gentle dog that could be adopted as a pet, but at the same time one that looked heavy and strong. However, the problem then was that breeders had been training all this type of dogs for fights, and so they were all aggressive.

Before the Pitbulls, David Wilson was interested in a type of dog known as American Staffordshire Terrier, with a very peculiar blue color. This is how the development of the American Bully breed began.

An American pitbull terrier dog panting.

The Amstaffs fur color attracted lots of attention, as it wasn’t normal to see such a color tone in a dog’s coat. Their small, robust bodies attracted the attention of many other people as well. These amateurs began experimenting with this breed by crossing them with the English, French and American Bulldog, and the Pitbull.

The various dogs with which they were crossed gave birth to the American bully in different versions: The Standard, Cassic, Pocket, and XL. However, only the standard one is recognized as a pure breed.



Their ears are generally short, although in some cases their ears can be somewhat long. In addition, some breeders may cut them at birth for “aesthetic” reasons.

Body type and weight

They can weigh between 77 and 88 pounds, which is a lot considering their size. Their body is muscular, heavy and with marked ribs on the back. The over thighs are well separated, which allows the chest to be wide and robust. Thus, this is a very distinct feature of the breed.

A posing American bully dog.

Fur color

Their eye, nose or hair color aren’t really that important. They’re all are very accepted, although their most common hue is blue with a white spot on the chest.


The tail is very short in comparison to the body and, although small, it can be long and robust. There are many breeding places that also cut it, like they do the ears.


Their feet are commonly very straight and without deformations. Sometimes the feet tend to go a little to the outside, but this is generally okay. Nevertheless, their feet will always be very round and large.


The American bully is a dog that was born out of the desire to have a dog that looks like a ‘small wild boar’ but with the character of the sweetest puppy. And this is really what defines this breed.

It’s an ideal dog for families, especially those with children. They’re very playful, something that will delight the little ones at home.

This is not an aggressive dog. Remember there are no dangerous dogs, just poorly educated ones. If you raise your bully well, and help it to socialize with other animals and people from a puppy, then you won’t have the slightest problem. In addition, there are many ways to know if the animal has had good imprinting.

A girl with her American bully.
A very loyal dog that takes good care of his loved ones. Undoubtedly, an ideal pet for the whole family.

Special Care

Because of their weight and considering their small bodies, you’ll need to watch the fat percentages and amounts of food they consume as well.

They need to exercise often, although not the cardio or stamina kind of workout, as their flat snout makes them have some breathing problems. Thus, we recommend moderate but constant exercise.

On the other hand, it should be noted that this is a breed that loves cleanliness. As a result, their daily hygiene will be vital to their emotional health.

As you can see, without a doubt, appearances do deceive. The American bully may look like a rough and sturdy dog, which might suggest that his character is the same. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Will this lovely and interesting breed be your next pet? See you next time!

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