The American bully is similar in look to the APBT but bulkier in every sense of the word. Bigger head, muscular and wider body with a broad chest that is closer to the ground due to its short legs. This appearance should make the American bully unmistakable for the APBT. The APBT is not as wide, not as muscular and has longer legs than the American bully pitbull.
The American bully pitbull has a life span of between 10-14 years with an average height of 14-21 inches and weighs between 75-120 pounds. It has glossy and smooth short coat that is very easy to groom and it sheds low. According to the breed standard set by united kennel club, any coat color and color pattern or combination is acceptable except for merle.
Other names of the American bully are American bully pit, bully pit and the bully pitbull
The American bully should not to be confused with the bullypit which is a cross of the American bull dog and the American pitbull terrier.
The American bully pitbull come in different sizes which have resulted in some kennel registries registering four different sizes: standard, classic, pocket and extra large (XL).
Standard American bully is between 17 – 20 inches tall for the male and 16 – 19 inches for the female.
Classic American bully is an amendment to the standard size with both sexes having lighter body and less overall body mass. The difference between the standard and the classic American bully is only the lighter body frame and less body mass of the classic bully pitbull.
Males: 17 – 20 inches tall, female: 16 – 19 inches.
Pocket American bully is shorter than the standard American bully. Males are less than 17 inches tall and the females are less than 16 inches tall.
Extra large (XL) American bully is taller than the standard bully which is the only difference. Males stand at over 20 – 23 inches while females are over 19 – 22 inches.
The American bully pitbull should give the impression of great strength for its size. It’s a medium to large size dog with a compact, muscular body and a blocky head. According to the American bully kennel club:
“The American Bully is a companion breed exhibiting confidence, a zest for life, along with an exuberant willingness to please and bond with their family, thus making the American Bully an excellent family companion. Despite the American Bully’s fierce and powerful appearance their demeanor is gentle. They are great with kids, and extremely friendly with strangers, other dogs, and other animals. Human or dog aggression, extreme shyness, or viciousness is very uncharacteristic of the American Bully and is highly undesirable.”
The American bully pitbull is very loyal, patient, tolerant, caring with strong desire to please its owner or handler. It is a very intelligent dog that is pretty trainable. The ideal temperament of the bully pit is stable, dedicated and that of an exceptional family companion dog.
Health problems of the American bully pitbull
It is difficult to come across documentation of the health issues that the American bully may suffer from if at all any. Perhaps because the breed is still relatively new however some dogs have developed elbow/hip dysplasia, congenital heart problem and hereditary cataracts.
The American Staffordshire terrier and the American pitbull terrier tend to have good health but the English bulldog is known to suffer from a plethora of health problems. Also some American bully pitbull breeders give steroids to their dogs in order to produce the large muscular body. When these steroids are no longer administered the dog’s body shrinks down to its normal size leaving the dog with a host of health problems such as joint and organ problems.
However, because the American bully has been indiscriminately bred by crossing in all sorts of breeds (such as the English bull dog) primarily to enhance the exaggerated look, it should not come as a surprise to find blood lines with serious health issues.
Registries for the American bully:
United Kennel Club (UKC)
American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC)
United Canine Association (UCA)
American Canine Association Inc. (ACA)
European Bully Kennel Club (EBKC)
In concluding it can be said that the American bully pitbull is a rapidly growing breed across the United States and other parts of the world particularly in Europe. With a breed that is spreading so quickly it can be said that the American bully pitbull cannot be wished away even if it began yesterday however the fanciers and breeders must come together to set this breed apart as a unique breed. With the acceptance of the American bully pitbull into its fold by the united kennel club, the breed has received a big endorsement which should be pursued to evolve the American bully pitbull into a unique breed apart from the American pitbull terrier. It can be said that other bully breed communities will be too willing to accept the American bully if this is done.