The American Bully is a companion dog breed which was formed only recently. It was originally recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club and in 2004 and also by the United Kennel Club in 2013.
The dog may not have a big background, but it is gaining on popularity, particularly in America. It is a dog breed which is somewhere between medium and small and it is divided into Pocket, Standard, Classic and XL, based on size.
History & Origins
The American Bully breed origins in America and was first created between the period of 1980 and 1990. The idea behind creating this dog was to make a companion breed which would have a lower drive and more bully traits. As a basis, they used American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers. They mixed them up with other bully breeds in order to get a desired big-boned look. It is assumed that they used American Bulldog, English Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and French Bulldog.
The breed was officially recognized by its own breeders club, the American Bully Kennel Club, in 2004. Later they were recognzied by the UK club and the official trains of an American Bully were finally established. Before that when displaying these dogs, there were a lot of penalties which were made for the dog’s appearance.
American Bully Characteristics & Temperament
The American Bully is a companion dog which is very adaptable. It can easily fit anywhere and enjoys spending time with its owner. They essentially behave as lap dogs, although they are much larger. The dogs in a way has a two-fold nature, as when it is kept at home can seem very lazy and indomitable. On the other hand, outside it can be very energetic. It loves sports and it excels at some where muscles are needed.
But training an American Bully needs to be done as best as possible. You have to establish yourself and the alfa as early as possible and you also have to socialize the dog. This way the dog will be always faithful to you and it will not become overly aggressive. An American Bully breed is not known for its aggressiveness, but can become if it is not treated properly. You also have to provide the dog with a lot of exercise. Keeping its muscular body is not easy to do so try to walk the dog and let it run around as often as you can.
Appearance, Weight, Colors, Size
As we mentioned there are four varies of American Bully dogs. You have the Classic, the Standard, the Pocket and the XL type. They difference is mainly in size and the amount of muscles they have. But established measurements for an American Bully breed are 17 to 20 in for males and 16 to 19 in for females. Weigh is between 66 and 110 lb.
The American Bully is recognized for having a short, close, stiff to the touch and glossy coat. Actually there are a lot of colors and patters which are recognized. As the dog has only recently been recognized and established there are many varieties for its look.
The American Bully is always described as a muscular dog. It can have both cropped and uncropped ears. The eyes are oval and set low and down in the skull. The muzzle is of medium length and rounded on the upper side. It is also a bit squared as well. As for the jaw, it is quite well defined and the underjaw seems really strong and displays the biting power this dog has. The shoulders are strong and the skin is not loose. The body also desalts well sprung ribs deep in the rear part.
American Bully Health
The lifespan of an American Bully is between 8 and 12 years. If you keep and maintain your dog, you may expect it to reach its entire life cycle. As far as health conditions go, the breed has some established ailments which you will have to be aware of. Some standard conditions include hip and elbow scoring. Others are cherry eye, ectropion and entropion, which affect the eyes, and Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrom can be seen on the muzzle of the dog.
Grooming & Shedding
The American Bully does not shed a lot. It is a very easy dog to maintain, so you will probably not mind keeping it inside the house. What you can do to groom it is to brush the coat daily with a frim bristle brush. Giving your dog a bathe is also necessary but not too often. Once or twice a year is quite enough, or if the dog gets really dirty. Dry it off with toweling so it keeps its coat nice and neat.
American Bully Price and Breeders
The price for an American Bully is going to depend on a lot of facts. Pedigree is of course the most important one, while other is the size. There are a variety of dogs to be found and the best ones are found in America as the most quality breeders are still there.
But the price is pretty high for certain standards, as it goes from 2,000 dollars to 5,000 dollars for top quality specimens.
Luckily, rescue groups for that allow you to adopt an American Bully are widespread today. So you do not have to buy a dog as you can adopt on. Some groups that you can refer to are Brave Bully Rescue, American Bulldog Rescue and Big Bully Rescue. On their pages you will find a wide variety of dogs in need of rescue. This way both the dog and you will be on the winning side.