Despite their intimidating stature, the American Bully just wants to find love (in the form of owners of course). While they are marked as an aggressive and terrifying breed, if you raise them right, they don’t have to be. Like any other dog, if you treat them as a caring (but stern) owner, they will grow in a fine young doggy.

Appearance and Personality of the Friendly American Bullies

Here’s the quick low-down on the appearance of these friendly beasts:

  • Compact and strong with a large and broad
  • Muzzles are square accompanied by sizable noses
  • Sharp incisors to tear food (common to have missing teeth or grow new teeth over their old ones)
  • Ears are pointed high (deafness in one or both ears is not unusual)
  • Long muscular necks, broad-chested short bodies, and long, wide, muscular shoulder blades and hindquarters
  • Small crank tails, glossy, short coats, a variety of coat colors, and a confident and intimidating walk

For personality, the American Bully has a surprisingly good temper and makes a fantastic companion!

They are very gentle and friendly dogs with a high tolerance for both kids and strangers. However, they have a lot of energy and excitement in their little bodies which also makes them the perfect for an active family.

History of the American Bully

The American Bully exists as a family member of the American Pit Bull Terrier which has maintained its unique reputation over the course of a century. This breed exists as a result of a series of crosses between breeds over the years.

The American Bully has the blood of the American Bulldog, English Bulldog, and Old English Bulldog. It was recognized as its own breed in 2013 on the 15th of July by the United Kennel Club.

What Are Other Dog Breeds Similar to the American Bully?

Other breeds similar to the American Bully include the

  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • French Bulldog
  • English Bulldog
  • Old English Bulldog

American Bully Nicknames

American Bulldogs go by a number of other nicknames including the following:

  • American Bully Pit
  • Bully Pit
  • Bullypit
  • Bully Pit Pitbull
  • Bullypit Pitbull

Great trivia knowledge to impress all your doggy friends!

Types of American Bullies

There isn’t just one type of American Bully.

If you’re looking for a small Bully Pit, they exist! Just as there are some really big ones, as well.

1. Classic American Bully Dog Style

This type of American Bully is the typical Bully with the standard build and narrow body structure. Its body is light with less body mass regardless of its gender. The males are typically 17”-20” while females are 16”-19”. They live for about 10-12 years.

2. Standard American Bully

The Standard American Bully is a compact and either medium or large sized dog. Its head is very blocky with a muscular body. This Bully gives an overall impression of strength and confidence. Males are typically 17”-20” while females are 16”-19”. These Bullies live 10-12 years.

3. Pocket American Bully

Pocket Bullies are an adorable form of the American Bully. They are the same breed type, build, and body type of the other types, but they’re shorter. Males are under 17,” and females are less than 14.” They too live about 10-12 years.

Check out our Pocket Bully article here!

4. American Bully XL/ XL Pitbull

XL Bullies are the same breed type, body type and build as in the other types. However, it’s most similar to the Standard American Bully. The only difference is that the XL Bully is taller and overall larger with more muscle mass. It’s about 20”-23” for males and 19”-22” for females. They live for around 10-12 years but can live longer.

5. American Bully XXL/XXL Pitbull

The largest of the Bullies, the American Bully XXL/XXL Pit bull is the largest and most muscular of the types with a wider and more wrinkly appearance. They have no one specific height and weight as they vary immensely. However, they can live from 10-12 years.

American Bully vs. Pit bull


The American Bully was made as a result of crossing other dog breeds with the American Pit Bull Terrier. They look very similar with their muscular forms and short stature.

Both dogs make excellent family pets and have a lot of energy!


The American Bully is commonly confused with the Pit Bull Terrier, but they are different breeds of dogs.

The Pit Bull was bred in the 1800s as a competitive dog. Since then, they’ve been used in dog fighting thus earning them an aggressive reputation.

However, they have very tolerant temperaments to make them ideal family dogs.

These dogs are known for being aggressive towards strangers but relaxed towards their owners. They must be trained well and heavily socialized.

Plus, they’re super smart dogs!

American Bully Temperament

The American Bully is a very excitable yet stable and confident dog that absolutely loves people. They have great tempers and are extremely loyal and affectionate with their owners.

Very intelligent dogs and quite obedient, these loyal dogs still have the temperament of the American Staffordshire Terrier.

American Staffordshire Terrier

Like the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Bully is sociable and outgoing with a high tolerance for children. They live to please their owners and are loyal to them for life.

American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Bully has the physical build like that of the American Pit Bull Terrier. They have very athletic builds and have the ability to be aggressive if not socialized a lot at a young age, but they aren’t for passive beginner owners. These are powerful dogs in need of a strong and knowledgeable owner.

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About the American Bully Breed

1. Voyage to America

The American Bully dogs came from England where they were used to work cattle and guard property. Their loyalty and agility made them perfect farm dogs.

The original one was brought to America by working-class immigrants to fill jobs on small farms and ranches.

2. Social Butterflies

These dogs need to be super socialized when they’re younger as they’re prone to being aggressive towards strangers.

3. Size Doesn’t Matter

The American Bulldog is agile and powerful without a specific height and weight.

Some are lean and others thick.

Some are tall and others short.

However, they are very proportional dogs, individually.

4. Adopt the Adult

An American Bulldog puppy requires an incredible amount of training and time investment.

If you don’t have the time to put into it, you might want to consider adopting an adult. Pet owners will typically go for the puppy of the bunch, but this is one dog you really should consider adopting later in their lives.

5. Superstar American Bully

The American Bully is famous in movies, tv commercials, and fashion ads.

They are attractive, lean, and confident dogs that just exude epic coolness. So, needless to say, they’re high on the chart for fame-worthy dogs.

They’ve been featured in movies like “Joe” starring Nicolas Cage and “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” by Michael J. Fox.

American Bully Puppies!!

Everyone loves puppies! And as we’ve established, American Bully Puppies are a bit more challenging than the adults to train and raise. They’re typically naughtier than your usual toddler and are extremely curious- getting into trouble at all times.

Trouble typically comes in the form of chewing everything and anything they can get their mouths on.

When they get restless or bored or lonely, bad things happen to relieve their stress. So, let’s talk about how to train an American Bully puppy and the standard warning.

How to Train an American Bully Puppy

American Bully puppies spend a lot of time biting and grabbing with their mouths after they’re born. They’ll do the same at home due to teething.

However, you must teach them not to bite. Unless you enjoy your shoes, pillows, and most prized possessions being shredded and chewed to death.

Normally, the puppies will learn to control themselves when the other puppies they are being rough with are rough back. So, it’s a good idea to have them socialize with other pups to teach them to not bite.

It will also help them lose their fear of other dogs so they can be energetic in a positive way. Plus, they make for better companions. Gradually introduce them to new people and objects for maximal success.

American Bully puppies also tend to whine when they need something, but don’t let it get out of control.

Tell them a firm “NO” when they do. Allow them to feel secure, but don’t let them get into bad habits that will be harder to get rid of later. It’s like dealing with a crying baby for the most part.

Training a Bully puppy takes a lot of time and hard work, but once they learn what to do and not to do, they’re very good at following instructions and behaving well.

Also, refrain from scolding when they eliminate inside because they may get the wrong idea. Just work on prevention.

In other words, restrict their feed to certain times of the day, and set the timer to take them out in a few minutes after that. You’ll need to take him or her out multiple times a day, at first, as they have bad bladder control.

It’s not impossible, but requires great time and positivity!

Pit bull Terrier Breed Standard Warning!

The Pit bull Terrier Breed behaves differently than say Chihuahuas.

They show their affection through rough play so they may charge at you.

But it’s only because that’s how they show their love! Just make sure to train them right to approach people so that it does look like they are in fact playing.

Bad Dog Breeders Lead to Bad Health Problems

If you are looking to adopt an American Bully dog there are a few things you should know about dog breeders.

The big thing is that bad dog breeders lead to bad health problems.

By bad dog breeders, I mean people who are doing bad practices in breeding these animals.

For one, some breeders breed dogs within the same bloodline which leads to a whole host of serious problems. These include genetic defects like deafness and heart disease that they can die from.

Another bad practice is selective breeding of animals considered “normal” that actually have health issues as a result of their appearance. These issues include cancer, respiratory diseases, blindness, and heart problems. Plus they may have trouble giving birth.

Always make sure the animal your getting hasn’t been crossed with a family member or another breed that would otherwise produce offspring with poor health. And always remember to report bad practices!

American Bully Puppies for Sale

American Bully Puppies can be bought from a whole host of places. However, you take a risk from buying them from a non-licensed breeder. And as you could see above, there are consequences to this.

American Bully Price

American Bullies typically cost between $450 for a non-pure bred and $2000 for a pure-bred dog. The price varies according to age, quality, pedigree, history, purchase inclusions, breeder, and location.

American Bully Breeders

There are a bunch of American Bully breeders. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Muscle Tone Bullys
  • TriLine Kennels
  • Suarez Bulls Kennels
  • Checkmate Kennels
  • Carolina Bully Farms

American Bully Kennel Club

The American Bully Kennel Club registry hosts events and shows to educate the public and promote the positive view of this breed. The ABKC aims to bring people together for the love of the dog breed and to break apart the negative stereotypes around them.

They are the only official registry for the American Bully breed in the world.

American Bully for Sale

Again, you can purchase an American Bully from a reputable breeder for various prices, or you may rescue one!

There are a number of organizations that will help you adopt a rescued American Bully including Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue, South of the Bully Rescue, and NorCal Bully Breed Rescue.

Lifespan of Bully Dogs

The American Bully Dogs typically live for about 10-12 years. However, if you take good care of it, your American Bully will live for a few more years.

5 Tips for Owning an American Pit bull Terrier Mix

1. Temperament

American Pit bull Terriers have great temperament. According to the American Temperament Testing Society, they have a grade of 86.8%, which we’re 86.8″ sure that’s a good sign.

2. Lots of Love

American Pit bull Terriers love people and are extremely affectionate to them if they know them.

3. Selective Breeding

Don’t breed all Pit Bulls. Let the experienced breeders do the breeding because they can become over-bred easily.

4. Avoid Chains

Some owners put chains on their American Pit bull Terriers because they think it’s cool. It’s understandable that you want your Bully under control but be wise when buying chains/collars/anything that is supposed to keep them in line as it could possibly hurt their necks and rub them raw.

5. Plenty of Exercises

American Pit bull Terriers need a lot of exercises to stay healthy. Use a spring pole or flirt pole to keep them busy or take them on long runs.

The American Bully dog is a really unique pet with a lot of character and great attitude!

As they are a breed in need of loving owners, take care of them and teach them how to integrate into society. Visit a breeder or rescue shelter today and help make this breed more widely accepted and cared for.