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The Brawny American Bully

The Brawny American Bully

Critter Culture Staff



American bullies are a new breed, developed in the 1990s to be the ultimate family dog. Although lineage varies, these dogs are primarily the result of selectively breeding the American pit bull terrier with the American Staffordshire terrier. The result is a muscular, lovable, tough dog that loves and protects its family, no matter what.


Despite their tough exterior, American bullies are lovable family dogs

American bullies have impressive looks that are a bit deceiving. These dogs are confident and outgoing, but they're also happy and gentle. American bullies should never be aggressive. They're obedient, brave, and intelligent and love to please their owner, inheriting its loyalty from the American pit bull terrier and its sociable, easy-going temperament from the American Staffordshire terrier.

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They have an impressive build

The first thing anyone notices about an American bully is its intimidating appearance. They have an athletic build with defined muscles and give off an air of strength, bravery, and agility. This is a working breed that is capable of taking on many tasks, and their sweet disposition makes them a great companion.

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American bullies are effective guard dogs

Although American bullies are gentle and loving companions, they know how to protect their families and are an effective and relentless fighter if provoked. These dogs are highly protective of their owners and their property and will fight an intruder or enemy to the death if necessary to protect their family.

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They're not pit bulls

The American bully is often confused with the American pit bull terrier, and while they do share some genes, they are two distinct breeds. American bullies were created in the 1980s over years of selective breeding to get the right build and temperament, while the American pit bull was made a distinct breed in the 1930s.

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They come in four sizes

American bullies come in four sizes:

  • Standard size bullies are 16 to 20 inches tall.
  • XL bullies are 19 to 23 inches tall, the largest and most popular.
  • Classic is the same size as the standard but with a slightly less muscular build.
  • Pocket, which is 13 to 17 inches tall.

A bully's weight should be proportionate to their size and stature and can vary.

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They can live as long as 12 years

American bully on green grass

This healthy breed can live up to 12 years, but there are a few things to be aware of before bringing one home. Some breeders give American bullies steroids to make them look muscular than they really are, which can ultimately lead to organ and joint issues. Make sure you find a reputable drug-free breeder to avoid this and other problems.


American bullies need exercise

Although this is a big dog, American bullies can do okay in an apartment, as long as they get enough exercise throughout the day. Taking them on several walks a day is enough, but they also prefer running around in a fenced-in yard, playing fetch, and playing in the water.

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Bullies do better with an involved dog owner

Purebred Canine Cow Patch Blue Nose American Bully Dog standing in green grass lawn yard

American bullies need an owner that is very involved with their care and training. They need to be socialized well at a young age because they can be aggressive to people and animals they don't know. This breed is not a good choice for a dog owner looking for a passive dog that doesn't require a lot of involvement.


Owners have to lead the pack

american bully dog with their owner

The American bully needs a firm, calm, consistent owner with the confidence to show the dog who's in charge. This doesn't necessarily mean they have to be an experienced pet owner. New dog owners can do just fine with an American bully if they are ready to put in the required time and effort.


They have minimal grooming needs

grey and white american bully

A great thing about American bullies is they have a low maintenance coat that requires little care. It's short, smooth, and only needs a quick brushing once a week. The bully's coat makes them ill-suited for cold weather because it doesn't provide much warmth. They will need a sweater or coat when going out in the winter.


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