If you’ve ever had an American Bully come up to you with that big happy smile and offer you his paw to shake, then you know that is all it takes to fall in love with this breed. These dogs get a bad rap in some circles, and that has caused many a potential Bully owner to look them over as possible pets. The fact is that this is a specific kind of dog that was bred for no other reason than to give and get love. When trying to figuring out if this bully breed is the best dog for you and your family, it’s important to know as much as you can about the new potential house member before bringing them home. When it comes to the Bully breeds, of which the Pitbull, Bulldog, and Cane Corso are a part of, some facts should be known and some myths that should be busted.
They Are Not Pitbulls
Although the Pit Bull is the base of this breed, this Bully is not considered a Pit Bull. They have been mixed with other kinds of Bully and have their standards as for what it should be like. The breeds used to create one are, but not limited to, the French, and English Bulldog, as well as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Compared to Pit Bulls, American Bullies have larger heads, shorter legs, and a more stocky overall build.
Are American Bullies A New Breed?
The American Bully was not brought into existence until the late eighties and early nineties. These dogs were bred with just one thing in mind: companionship. The idea was to keep all the sweet, endearing qualities of the more aggressive bulldogs and terriers that were used for unethical animal fighting sports. The unpredictable and sometimes violent tendencies were bred out, leaving us with nothing but a loyal friend for life.
All About the American Bully History
Interested in learning more about this really amazing breed? Well, there’s actually a lot that you should be taking a look at. The American Bulldog is a descendent of the English Bulldog, which was actually used as a working dog. In fact, the English Bulldog would catch cattle and even guard the property for their owners. Even way back then, however, people recognized that their strength could be used for some pretty cruel things. They started using them for bull-baiting and it didn’t take long for numbers to start dwindling. Luckily, around the end of World War II, someone decided to start breeding them again and the breed started to come back full force.
John D. Johnson, a war veteran, and Alan Scott were the ones to start bringing this breed back around and they’ve helped to start some excellent things for the American Bulldog. In fact, they started to keep very detailed records about the traits of these amazing dogs and just how much they could actually do. While there were two different distinct breeds that they created, those two breeds are pretty intermixed now, so that any American Bulldog you get will likely be a little of both. It was another several years, 1999 that the dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club.
If you’ve looked at any of the information on TV or in other forms of media lately you’ve probably seen a whole lot of information about the American Bulldog, and it’s definitely not fair or right. These dogs are constantly being called vicious or dangerous. They’re being called bad for families and for children. But the truth is that nothing could be further from the truth. These dogs are actually proven to be amazing with children and they’re wonderful family pets. They’re sweet and loving and gentle enough that farmers used to use them with their cattle. But where is this reputation coming from?
The problem that people are seeing with American Bullies is the way that some people are raising them and using them. Any dog, of any breed, can be made vicious and dangerous. If they are treated badly or they are taught wrong they can definitely become a danger to anyone and anything around them. But when treated properly, any dog can be raised to be kind and loving toward their family. The reason that American Bulldogs are getting such a bad reputation is for exactly that reason.
Many people make a living or a hobby out of dogfighting. It is a vicious and terrible ‘sport’ where people pit dogs against each other to make them fight and see which one will come out on top. The only way a dog can survive this horrible treatment is to become vicious themselves. They have to be ready and willing to attack any dog that they’re put up against. And then, after they’ve done something completely against their nature and they’ve fought a fellow dog, they’re treated horribly by their owners who only want them for fighting and making them money.
It’s definitely enough to turn any dog mean, and yet, it happens only in instances where the dogs themselves are mistreated and forced to act this way. If you’re getting an American Bulldog puppy from a quality breeder and you’re raising it with love and compassion you’re not going to have to worry about the warnings and the horror stories that you might see on the media. That’s because your dog, by nature, doesn’t want anything to do with any of that. They just want to be loved and cared for and if that’s what you’re doing, they’re going to do the same for you.
Basics You Should Know About The Bully Breed
While these dogs are fairly adaptable, there are some things that you’re going to want to pay attention to. For one thing, they don’t really like to live in an apartment because there’s not enough space to move around, but you can give them plenty of exercises to combat that. They’re also not the best at hot or cold weather, so moderate temperatures are going to be best (though they’ll do better with a jacket in cold weather just like you). They’re also quite easy to train, very smart, and tend to not bark or howl excessively (which is good if you have close neighbors).
When it comes to their friendliness these dogs aren’t quite so inclined to nip or chew as other dogs and they’re extremely affectionate. They also do really well with your children, though they’re not as thrilled about strangers or other dogs. The best thing you can do is bring them into your home and show them all the love within your family and keep them as your only dog. When strangers come over, just make sure that they introduce themselves to your dog first, and that they’re not too aggressive or too abrupt with the dog.
Bully Dog Personality
The personality of an American Bully is completely different from what you might have heard. These dogs are super gentle, extremely affectionate, and great with children. Considered almost a lap dog (or at least they think so even though they’re too large in general) this dog is extremely loyal. They tend to grow extremely attached to their family and will do anything that they need to keep that family safe. They’ve even been known to perform acts of heroism to protect their owners and to be a little uncertain around people they don’t know.
What’s even better, these dogs are super alert, extremely confident, and great for training. They need an owner that can establish themselves as a pack leader. If you don’t make it clear that you’re the leader, they’re going to establish their dominance and that’s not going to make for a happy household. In fact … it could make for a whole lot of problems around your household. So, make sure you’re the one in charge and also make sure that you’re giving your dog plenty to do because if you don’t, they’re going to get bored.
Physical Characteristics of American Bully
The physical characteristics of the American Bully are all about muscle and strength. This beautiful dog can weigh up to 120 pounds, though they might be only 60 pounds on the small side. With a height of between 20 to 28 inches, they tend to have strong jaws, which are part of the reason that it receives such a rough reputation. But there are some very unique factors about this dog that you’re not going to want to miss.
The American bully has small ears that can be cropped, rose, drop, or semi-prick, though a short and straight ear is very common with this breed of dog. Not only that but they have larger heads and big eyes that make you want one for yourself, right? The short fur is super soft and there are all different colors available. You’ll see dogs that are anything from solid black to merle, tricolor to blue, and a whole lot more.
Overall Health of American Bully
One great thing is that the American Bully is a relatively healthy dog breed. Where some dogs are known for a lot of health problems, this one has only a few that seem to be genetic and could pop up if you don’t know the background of your dog. For example, this breed could suffer from something called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, which is a type of nervous system disorder that can cause swelling and changes in retinal cells. It could also suffer from kidney or thyroid conditions, ACL tears, hip or elbow dysplasia, cherry eye, entropion, or bone cancer.
While all of these conditions may start to sound overwhelming and you might be wondering just what happened to this being a ‘healthy’ breed, keep in mind that larger dogs are prone to a number of these types of conditions simply because they’re larger dogs. Also, most of these conditions are not going to be as common or your dog won’t ‘develop’ them per se. They’re primarily genetic. This means that your dog will either be born with one of these conditions (which you’ll know about when you get them) or they won’t. The best thing you can do is have your vet take a good look at any dog you’re thinking about getting so you can get a better idea.
Bullies Have Gas?
Most Bully breeds are prone to being gassy, and it makes them feel tired and sluggish. Keep your pet from having gas pain and being over-flatulent by feeding them the highest quality food you can afford. If gas problems persist, giving them yogurt and avoiding soy products can help. Taking them to a vet regularly that knows your dog is the best way to begin managing their medical needs.
Bullies Need Very Little Grooming
For some people, a dog that sheds all over the house is a deal-breaker. Others simply just don’t want to devote the time or money to keep their pet groomed year-round. American Bullies have incredibly short coats that only need a simple once a week running of the brush. This is great for maintenance, but fur this short can get very cold in the winter. A fitted sweater may be needed for walks around this time of year.
It is well accepted that this breed of dog is fiercely loyal and loving to its family, which is precisely the reason for its existence in the first place. This makes them protective and effective guard dogs as well as being your best friend. Take care of one of these dogs, and they will take care of you. All they want is for you to love them.
Bully Dogs Need Exercise
American Bullies are usually not pure couch potatoes. They are made from working dogs, and without a consistent outlet for energy, they will get bored and can potentially become destructive. Taking them outside to walk or jog at least twice a day is crucial for their mental and physical well being. Most of them like to swim and exercise in the water. If taking them outside regularly for play is a problem, teaching them to run on a treadmill can be a reasonable substitute. So long as they get their daily fix of energy release, these dogs can do very well living in an apartment.
American Bullies Are Highly Trainable
So long as you put in the time and are consistent, this breed is easy to train in terms of dog training with respect to other breeds. They are eager to please guardians and are very treat motivated. This dog does tend to have a confident disposition that may require you as the trainer to match that confidence. There is a wealth of information you can get about basic obedience training for free on YouTube or dog training blogs. Many dog trainers even make in-home visits to help you address general or specific issues.
Bullies Are Awesome With Kids
American Bullies that are well trained and appropriately treated are generally great pets for children. They can handle rough and tumble play without getting scared or aggressive in return. Something to consider is that they are stoutly built, which makes them liable to knock over small or uncoordinated children. Not to mention that they love to cuddle like big stuffed animals. All that being said, it is still best to train your child how to interact with the dog to avoid any harmful interactions.
They Are Not Cheap
Depending on what you want the dog for, Bully puppies can cost anywhere between two and seven thousand dollars (more you can read here). Bullies intended for showing or breeding will be more expensive than ones meant to be just a pet. Adopting from rescue groups or shelters can be a more financially reasonable or morally attractive option for many people interested in the breed. There will always be dogs that need compassionate people to rescue them and give them the love they deserve.
When Looking For A Bully Breeder
There are some things to consider when looking for an American Bully breeder. They should be able to give you information about the puppy’s parents and grandparents. You should be allowed to meet the mother at least. A breeder should not be selling their
Finding an American Bully of Your Own
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