The American Bully is a fairly recent breed of dog that comes from the United States, descending from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, as well as more distant relatives such as the English Bulldog and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Would you like to know more about him? We will tell you in the next lines.
Physical Characteristics of the American Bully
The American Bully is a medium-sized, strong, athletic breed with a muscular and powerful build: a large head, powerful jaws and compact body, these dogs can appear a bit intimidating.
American Bullies can be found in many different colors, from bluish gray to brown and black. In general, they tend to be dark. Although unfortunately many owners still choose to crop their ears, we do not recommend it at all: in fact, this practice is prohibited in many countries. Due to their ancestors like the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bullies are stronger than most breeds.
There are five varieties of American Bully:
- Pocket: The smallest American Bully is 41 cm maximum. Despite his small size, he is still muscular and energetic.
- Classic: The most proportionate American Bully is medium in size, 50 cm tall, with a light frame.
- Standard: This variety is as tall as the classic American Bully, but is stockier and more muscular, with a large, powerful head. It is considered the model of the breed.
- XL : Similar in appearance and height to the classic, this is the largest American Bully in muscle tone and weight.
- Extreme:This strain was an even more muscular and wider version of the Standard American Bully.
American Bully Character
When the breeds were crossed to create the American Bully, they were looking for a dog with a fierce and tough appearance but with a loyal and familiar personality. Although it may not seem like it, American Bullies are social dogs, and great with children!
An American Bully is an extremely affectionate and loyal companion who will not hesitate to show his courage to defend his family from any danger. They are intelligent dogs, capable of developing all kinds of skills.
Most common health problems of the American Bully
In general, American Bullies are strong and healthy dogs. However, inbreeding has resulted in the development and increased risk of hereditary diseases:
- Hip dysplasia.
- Elbow dysplasia
- Heart disease.
The care of the American Bully breed
American Bullies are dogs that need adequate and regular exercise. You will need to walk your dog a minimum of three times a day to prevent it from developing stress, anxiety, or behavior problems. They are not made for sprinting or long distances, as moving their body at high speeds is too much strain on their constitution. However, running for short periods at a moderate speed and staying active is necessary for your daily routine.
This is a very clean breed – they love to be brushed and bathed. With these basic activities your coat will stay clean and shiny. They tend to have watery eyes so we recommend that you clean them routinely.
American Bully puppies need extra calcium in their diet for their bones to develop properly: they will grow into robust dogs, and their skeleton will have to support more weight than other dogs of a similar stature. To enrich their diet you can offer them high-protein foods. Exercise and a varied and balanced diet will be enough to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Some American Bully dogs have been treated with steroids to increase their muscle mass. It is a cruel and unfair practice that can have serious consequences for the dog, which will not have developed its strength naturally and will not be able to communicate as it normally would, and may become aggressive. It is extremely important not to medicate your dog without the knowledge and consent of your veterinarian.
How is living with an American Bully?
These dogs tend to get along well with children – when properly trained and socialized, American Bullies are one of the most affectionate and patient breeds of dog.
The American Bully also gets along well with other pets. They are aware of what they physically impose, and control their movements so as not to hurt smaller dogs, with whom they love to communicate and play. However, this requires a socialization process that must begin when they are puppies.
The training of the American Bully
Before adopting an American Bully, you should know that they are recommended for experienced owners. They need a stable, calm and consistent owner: if you are going to adopt and care for an American Bully, you must understand what it means to be the leader of the pack, establish rules and always follow them.
Training an American Bully requires patience, but they are intelligent dogs that will easily pick up any basic commands you want to teach them. If you use positive reinforcement, your American Bully will always be willing to learn more and please you.