10 Things You Should Know About the American Bully
American Bully Information
When trying to figuring out if this 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 Pit Bull, Bulldog and Cane Corso are a part of, there are some facts that should be known and some myths that should be busted.
They Are Not Pit Bulls
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 own standards as for what it should be like. The breeds used to create one are, but not limited to, the French, American 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.
American Bullies Are 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.
These 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.
They Are Not Cheap
Depending on what you want the dog for, Bully puppies can cost anywhere between two and seven thousand dollars. 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.
American Bullies Are Highly Trainable
So long as you put in the time and are consistent, this breed is easy to train. They are eager to please their 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 for helping you address general or specific issues.
They Are Awesome With Kids
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.
When Looking For A 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 puppies to a pet shop or puppy mills and be able to prove a clean bill of health written off by a veterinarian. Don’t be afraid to shop around if the breeder doesn’t meet these minimal and critical necessary standards.
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.
They 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.