10 Facts You Must Know About The American Bully


The American Bully is a happy, confident, and loving companion!

It is safe to say that although this breed possesses an impressive stature, with defined muscles and a strong build, they are very, very sweet-hearted and have a soft temperament.

This breed does well in family environments, thriving in homes with extra outdoor space.

Despite their name, the Bully was first bred with the purpose to remove the aggressive traits which can be carried through Pitbull breeds.

Keep on reading to learn 11 facts about this beautiful canine…

American Bully Breed Guide

American Bully
This breed is only 30 years old.

Many people believe the American Bully is simply a type of Pitbull; this is false and is a common misconception towards this breed.

A Pitbull and American Bully are two distinct dog breeds.

The American Bully originated in the United States between 1980 and 1990 and is the product of an American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier, and other Pitbulls.

Due to their ancestry, and muscular form, they face the negative stigma which is attached to breeds like Pitbulls.

Breed Origin

The American Bully was established as its own breed in the 1980s and the American Bully Kennel Club was founded in 2004.

Today, the American Bully Kennel Club is now a multiple breed register that is devoted to over 20 different Bully breeds.

The American Kennel Club does not recognize the American Bully breed making the American Bully Kennel Club the only official register.

American Bully Facts

  1. People believe the American Bully is a type of Pitbull; this is false.
  2. This dog was first bred in the 1980s.
  3. The American Kennel Club does not recognize this dog breed.
  4. An American Bully puppy will cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 USD.
  5. Their temperament has been selectively bred to produce a dog with a soft and mellow personality.
  6. They are kind, loving, and gentle towards family members and do well in homes with or without kids.
  7. The appearance of this canine closely resembles a Pitbull dog.
  8. The American Bully Kennel Club was founded in 2004.
  9. There are three varieties of this breed (pocket, standard, and giant).
  10. The Bully requires 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day.
American Bully Breed Info
Size 17 to 20 inches (male) or 16 to 19 inches (female)
Weight 30 to 150lb (Pocket, Standard and Giant)
Lifespan 10 – 13 years
Breed Type Terrier Group
Purpose Companion Dog
Suitable For Individuals, Couples, and Families
Color Black, White, Grey, Brown, Blue, Tan, Fawn, Red, Pie Bald And Brindle
Temperament Friendly, Loving, Gentle, Caring, and Playful

American Bully Puppies

American Bully Puppy
These puppies are extremely cute and chunky!

The average litter size for this breed is between 4 to 8 puppies.

An American Bully puppy will cost between $2,000 to $5,000 USD; this depends on the breeder.

Furthermore, rescue groups have now been created where you can adopt an American Bully rescue:

  • American Bulldog Rescue
  • Brave Bully Rescue

Adopting is a great way to share your love with a senior dog who will really appreciate it.

One thing to be wary of when purchasing this breed, some American Bully breeders like to make their dogs extra muscly and turn to the use of steroids.

Although drug usage has stopped, they may still get passed down to the litters, and consequently, their offspring may suffer from drug-related issues.

American Bully Temperament

American Dog
The temperament of this breed is well-natured and gentle (despite their appearance).

This dog’s temperament is something many people worry about when it comes to adopting an American Bully rescue, however, this canine was specifically bred to remove any aggressive traits.

Their temperament has been selectively bred to ensure a mellow, and sweet companion, this dog is therefore a friendly pooch with a wonderful temperament.

Whilst they may be a little protective of their loved ones, these canines are not guard dogs, nor should they be expected to adapt into one.


Characteristic Rating
Prey Drive
Social Tendencies

As dog lovers, it is hard to criticize a dog’s temperament or personality.

The American Bully’s bold muscular bodies make some believe they are aggressive dogs, however, they are a very cheerful and sweet breed who are full of love.

They also love attention and are definitely massive affection givers, so you can expect oodles of licks, kisses, and head tilts.

Compatibility with Families

American Bully Portrait
It’s hard not to smile when you see their goofy, tongue exposed smile!

The American Bully is nothing but kind, loving, and gentle towards family members.

They are known for being an extremely adaptable breed who are both playful and caring, this makes them an excellent addition to families with children.

Known to be patient with children, you shouldn’t worry about bringing this breed into a home with young children.

The perfect lap dogs, these guys are true companions.

Due to their adaptability and kindness, some owners expect these canines to be great with other canines and pets. However, it is still important to ensure that your puppy is well socialized so that introductions run smoothly.

The American Bully is known to be utterly loyal, adding to the many reasons why they make the perfect family pet.

American Bully Appearance

American Bully Face
The appearance of the American Bully closely resembles their Pitbull parent.

It is well known that the appearance of this breed is extremely muscular; although soft-hearted, they definitely look like a breed you should not mess with.

The American Bully has a large head which is proportional to their muscular features and their pointed ears sit on the top (cropped or uncropped).

They have oval-shaped eyes which may be dark brown or blue.

They have a slightly round to square-shaped muzzle, with a touch of loose skin hanging down the sides with a well-defined jaw.


The size of the American Bully depends on the variety as there are three varieties that are recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club:

  • Pocket varieties stand between 14 to 17 inches (male) and 13 to 16 inches (female)
  • Standards measure between 17 to 20 inches (male), and 16 to 19 inches (female)
  • Giant breeds measure 20 to 23 inches (male) and 19 to 22 inches (females)


Young Bully Puppy

The American Bully breed can come in a variety of colors:

Black White Grey
Brown Blue Tan
Fawn Red Pie Bald

These dogs are usually a mixture of two colors, or the American Bully may also be tri-colored, which is essentially a mix of three main colors.


Bully Dog
They are only moderate shedders.

This breed’s coat is very easy to maintain with limited grooming requirements due to its short smooth coat.

The American Bully may only need to be quickly brushed once a week.

Unfortunately, their short coats leave this puppy quite vulnerable to cold weather. Therefore, we recommend buying your pooch a sweater for harsher conditions.


As mentioned, the American Bully does not have any excessive grooming requirements. So their maintenance needs are fairly simple.

Bathing your American Bully should only happen once a month, or less (depending on how much of a mud lover your pooch is).

We also recommend brushing your dog’s teeth daily or as often as possible throughout the week.

Nail clipping is also advised as needed, your local veterinarian or groomer can help you with this.

Caring For An American Bully

Two American Bully Dogs
Caring for the American Bully is simple.

Due to their gentle demeanor and friendly personality, you should have no trouble bonding and caring for your Bully.

Food and Dietary Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Guide 1,000 calories
Cups of Kibble Two Bowls of Kibble Required per Day

It is not hard to pinpoint exactly how much the average American Bully eats because they vary in size and there is no specific weight standard for this breed.

However, as a general rule of thumb, dogs require a daily caloric requirement of 30 calories per pound of body weight.


If your American Bully puppy weighs 30lb then they will require 900 calories per day.

We recommend feeding your dog a high-quality dry kibbled diet that is specialized for medium to large-sized dog breeds.

Dogs love to eat, however, we advise feeding one to two times a day (perhaps breakfast and dinner)?

Exercise Requirements

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 30 to 60 minutes
Activity Level This is a medium activity dog breed

This breed should receive a fair amount of daily exercise provided through: playtime, daycare, and brisk walks.

We recommend providing your American Bully with about 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day.

Exercising your canine is a great way to bond, release pent-up energy, and also provide them with mental stimulation.

The Bully breed is not a dog with large exercise requirements. In fact, this breed can even adapt to apartment-style living, provided their daily requirements are met with a long walk.


Training is a great way to stimulate their brains and further bond with your pet. Additionally, training from an early age ensures that your puppy will grow up to be well-mannered and obedient.

Positive reinforcement methods are the gold standard for puppy training.

Simply praise and reward your dog for good behavior and simply ignore them when they misbehave.

The American Bully should be able to pick up simple commands quite easily.

Mental stimulation is another requirement for canines. Keeping your dog mentally stimulated will decrease the chance of negative boredom behaviors (such as chewing) from developing.

You may mentally stimulate your dog through training sessions, exercise, and even games!

Health Concerns

Being a relatively new breed, it is hard to determine which diseases are specifically related to the American Bully. However, this breed may be susceptible to Cherry Eye and Dysplasia.

Cherry Eye is an eye disorder of the third eyelid (yes, dogs have three eyelids).

The tear gland of the eye may protrude and cause a red mass (hence the term “cherry eye”). This can be treated by a veterinarian to prevent any long-term issues.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, a degenerative joint problem, is a disease that occurs due to malformation of the joints.

Dysplasia is commonly seen in aging dogs and may cause moderate or severe lameness.


The American Bully is made for families with children or anyone who desires a friendly friend.

Kind, gentle, loving, affectionate, and friendly they make the perfect companion.

This breed is adaptable to any living situation, as long as their exercise needs are met, so whether you are sitting on the couch, or out for an evening stroll this canine will be your best friend.

Have you met the American Bully breed? Let us know below!

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. Yes, I have an American bully. Her name is Nova, she is a fantastic creature. She’s my best friend. Age is 1 year. Best dog ever!

    • My baby is a little over a year and he weighs 87 pounds – thinking he weighs 5. He is this big gentle baby that loves to stay right on you but a lot more gentle with my 2 year old grandson. He is the best dog ever!

  2. Our bully weighs 60lb. She is a female and the best dog ever, her temperament is amazing I didn’t realize I could love a dog so much!

  3. Our beautiful girl is 16 weeks old and we are so in love 😍 She is around 11kgs and has imported parents from Australia. This bred is so loving. She is a replacement from our English Staffie who we lost at the age of 14 mid last year.

  4. My pocket Bully Mesa is without a doubt one of the most amazing animals. She’s about 15 inches at the shoulders and about 55pounds of pure love, She’s my absolute best friend! Also she’s super smart & loves playing hide and seek!

  5. I own two American Bullies they are my heart and are such loving companions. When we go to the park everyone loves them and they love everyone. Best thing ever happen for me as a adult!

  6. I was given my Bully from a couple who couldn’t cope with how rambunctious he was at 4 months. He is the best dog I have ever owned, wonderful with my 10-year-old daughter, incredibly loving and affectionate. They are not too demanding in terms of exercise but are always up for a walk or a trip to the beach. Fantastic dogs.

  7. While in the market for a puppy, an abused and neglected Bully came across our path. We immediately fell in love.

  8. Hi. I have an American Bully. She is gentle and really protective. What bothers me is that she’s not good with our cats. In fact she killed 2 already. What’s wrong with her? Help.

  9. We have a 10 week old Pocket she was at first calm, we also have two other dogs a CAVAPOO 2 years old and Chihuahua 13 years old. Our bully doesn’t seem to get a long with our CAVAPOO not sure if you have some tips on getting them to fun play with one another but we are open to any ideas.

  10. We rescued our American Bully. She was a court case and needed immediate foster. We were called and once again we are failed foster parents. Zoe Bowie is the kindest dog I’ve had and I had labs. Only problem is she is the boss and has fought with our American Bulldog/English Bulldog mix Jabba. Let’s just say he has lost to her twice and has given up being dominate. She now rules the pack. So no I would not say she is pet friendly but in her defense she was an abuse case and no nothing about her past. We love her faults and all.

  11. I’ve just been introduced to a 3 year old Bully. We love him. He’s the most affectionate playful dog I’ve ever been around. He’s a sure winner at Tuggy, unless I wrestle him collegiate style and roll him upside down, on top of me. Then I might have a chance of getting the rope out of his mouth. He’s incredibly well behaved. Only problem is when I hide under the covers to stop the massive tongue licks, he walks on my face 😂

  12. Daughters friend just gave up their bully. We took them in as we just put our 14-year-old pit mix to sleep. We have a 10-year-old boxer mix.
    Sheriff(son named him) is 2 years old and such a sweetheart. He loves everyone including our other dog. He loves to run in the yard and chase balls and toys. He’s difficult to walk on a leash. We’re working on it.

  13. Hi John,

    Excellent article! I just learned a good deal from you. Very insightful, we have a 6 month old American bully named Sabrina who is a joy to have, thou a handful at times.

    The reassurance of mild manner and obedient is exactly what I love to hear.

    Our 8 yr chihuahua is laying down the law and Sabrina is listening.

    Thanks again

  14. I have a female American bully shefi. she is very cute lovingly and kind . she is four years old and her eyes are blue . she never irritate us. she always follow the command of us . she eats everything l have no complaint about her food and behaviour. she is so sweet she wants only love.

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