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Do you love reading about the new cross-breed dogs? Then you would love to read about the American Bully breed. The American Bully is a newly acquired hybrid breed of the pit-bulls and is obtained mainly by crossing an American Pit Bull Terrier and an American Staffordshire Terrier around the 1900s. They are also known as the American Bully pit or simply Bully pit. Now that the American Kennel Club has recognized it as a separate breed, they are mixed with an American bulldog or an English bulldog to create more Bully breeds. Unlike their ancestors, American Bullies are not dangerous and quite harmless to children, adults, and other animals which makes them ideal pet dogs. These dogs are available in various sizes to choose from depending on their parent breed.

Even though these dogs became widely popular, they are banned in a few countries and states of the U.S being similar in appearance to Pitbulls. But contrary to popular belief they are not banned in the U.K unlike their ancestor, the American Pitbull Terrier breed, as it is banned in several countries. They are extremely friendly but energetic dogs who love to play as well as obey all orders. To know more about these adorably cute not so little canines, you should keep on reading.

If you would like to read more about various animal facts, then please check these similar articles on the pocket pitbull and the beagle lab mix

Fun American Bully Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

66 lb – 88 lb (30 kg – 40 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

13 in – 20 in (33 cm – 50 cm)

What do they look like?

Short, smooth, glossy coat of various colors

Skin Type


What were their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Not listed

Where you'll find them?

In Houses As Pets


South Africa, Europe, North America









American Bully Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an American Bully?

An American Bully is a new hybrid dog breed of an American Pitbull Terrier and an American Staffordshire terrier with some other bull-dog type of breed.

What class of animal does an American Bully belong to?

An American Bully dog is a mammal.

How many American Bully Dogs are there in the world?

There is not enough information about their exact population as they are a comparatively new breed designed in the United States as high-quality companion dog breeds.

Where does an American Bully live?

The American Bully breed was bred to become a great family dog because of its great companionship quality. So these new breed dogs live in domestic houses, apartments, or wherever their owner lives.

What is an American Bully's habitat?

American Bullies were created to become the ultimate family dog in the late 1900s by years of selective breeding between American pit bull terrier and American Staffordshire terrier, or sometimes with any bull-dog breeds. The parent dog breeds of American Bullies, the American Pitbull or Pitbull terrier is a driven type dog with a very aggressive nature whereas, the American Staffordshire terrier is a show dog known for its calm composed temperament. The combination of both created this newly designed hybrid dog breed of American Bully or Bully Pitbull, with an idea to have a muscular dog but friendly, gentle, and protective. So, for American Bully the ideal habitat will be their human's home preferably with a yard for them to run around or maybe indoors on their owner's laps for never-ending back rubs and cuddles.

Who do American Bully Dogs live with?

The American Bully breed was created to become your family's best friend or the best companion dog you could ask for. So American Bully puppies are trained to live in domestic houses or apartments with their owners. As descendants of very aggressive dogs used for bloodsports mixed with calm composed show bully breeds, the American Bully dogs show a very friendly and protective temperament making them the ultimate companion dogs. They are good with large families with multiple pets or a disabled person living alone as they are compatible with both conditions. American Bullies do well in warmer climates.

How long does an American Bully live?

The American Bully Pit has an average lifespan of eight - 13 years, depending on its size, food habits, and overall health. Since American bullies are designer hybrid breed dogs, they can suffer from certain health problems common in the bully breeds such as the BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome), hip and elbow dysplasia, cherry eye (abnormal protrusion of the bright red Nictitans gland) among others.

How do they reproduce?

American Bullies were created by dog breeders with the help of modern advanced science of artificial insemination. They can naturally mate but artificial insemination has become more widely popular because of its flexibility of choices and high success rate. But artificial insemination is all about the correct timing. The female American Bully dog gets their first heat around six months old. Breeders usually keep a track of the progesterone levels of the dog and its peak post ovulation. Once the ovulation is complete the eggs go through a maturation period to become fertile for two days. After this process, chilled or frozen semen of previous champion breed dogs or any dog breed of choice can be inseminated to fertilize the eggs. On average 63 days later the pregnant female American Bully dog will give birth to four to eight American Bully puppies.

What is their conservation status?

The American Bully Pit is quite a new breed dog and has only been recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club quite recently in 2004 and ever since then, they have become widely popular in various English-speaking countries. The American Bully breed has not been listed on the IUCN red-list. But due to lack of sufficient information, it is unclear about the exact population of this Bully breed.

American Bully Fun Facts

What do American Bully Dogs look like?

American Bullies look very similar to Old English Bulldog as they are their descendants

American Bullies look very similar to their ancestors such as American bulldog, English bulldog, American pit bull terrier, and American Staffordshire terrier with their well-defined muscles, and body stature. Just like most bully breeds, the American Bully breed also has short, smooth, stiff, and glossy coats in various colors of black, white, blue, tan, brown, and more. American Bullies have a broad skull, and quite pronounced cheek-muscle with high set ears that can be either cropped or uncropped. They have a well-defined jawline, showcasing its biting power on the lower jaw and slightly loosened lips. They have a medium muzzle, rounded at the top and squared below the eyes, sitting on a heavy neck. Even though they have a short back and small ingrown tails, they have wide forelegs and strong and muscular shoulder blades, and wrinkly skin gives them their intimidating look.

How cute are they?

An American Bully might look very aggressive but in reality, they are an adorable, friendly, and gentle breed of canines and they are pretty cute. American Bully puppies are even cuter with their oval to round eyes, short snout, and short back with a small tail make them look adorable. They are a happy, gentle, out-going, confident dog with friendly and loving nature which makes them a great family pet. They are also extremely loyal, obedient and only want to please their masters as they are very easy to train.

How do they communicate?

Just like all dogs, the American Bully also barks, growls, whines, or wags their tail to communicate their state of mind. They are not aggressive or extreme barkers, but with proper training, they can be excellent guard dogs. Even though they are known for their friendly nature towards people, they can be vicious when it comes to intruders and threats as they are quite strong.

How big is an American Bully?

American Bullies come in different sizes. There are five types of American Bully breed dogs based on their sizes namely Standard Bully, Pocket Bully, XL Bully, Classic Bully, Extreme Bully which has been recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC). The XL type of American Bully is the largest among all and they reach a height between 19 in - 23 in (48.26 cm - 58.42 cm) and the smallest is the Pocket type of American Bully with a height of 13 in - 17 in (33.02 cm - 43.18 cm). The Standard type and the Classic type of American Bully are the most popular ones but the classic has a lighter body frame and doesn't display any exaggerated features like others.

The Extreme American Bully is an exaggerated version of the Standard American Bully with more mass, girth, and bone density making them heavier. They don't have any specific height or weight as it is totally dependent on the bully breeds that have been mixed together.

How fast can an American Bully run?

An American Bully, like its pitbull relatives, can run at an average speed of 25 - 30 mph (40 - 48 kph). They are quite energetic and playful dogs but you shouldn't make an American Bully run for their first one to two years depending on their sizes until their growth plates close. The bigger is your American Bully type, the more you have to wait.

How much does an American Bully weigh?

The American Bully is quite a heavy dog for its height in comparison to other dogs of its size because of their muscular body stature and higher bone density. The approximate weight of an American Bully is up to 66 lb – 88 lb (30 kg – 40 kg). Male dogs are heavier than the females.

What are their male and female names of the species?

A male American Bully is called a dog and a female Bully Pit is called a bitch.

What would you call a baby American Bully?

American Bullies are dogs, so its baby is called an American Bully puppy or pup.

What do they eat?

It is very important to provide a balanced healthy diet to your American Bully, especially if you want them to live a long and healthy life. They prefer eating raw dog foods like pork, lamb, kelp, salmon, eggs even fresh fruits and vegetables, and yogurt among other choices. The raw food diet attributes their protein consumption by providing unaltered amino acids and nutrients rich in enzymes. These contribute to benefit the American Bully's longevity, reproductive capacity, immune systems, and allergies. Premium-quality dog food rich in antioxidants, proteins, vitamins are also recommended for your American Bullies, but make sure to stick with one particular brand. A raw dog food diet could also be harmful as it might induce bacteria, so you can also slightly boil them to kill such microbes.

Are they slobbery?

The American Bully is quite slobbery as they naturally tend to drool a lot. Like most Bully breeds or Bulldogs, they have the 'Pavlov reflex', which will make them drool whenever there's food around them or when you open a packet of kibbles, even if they are not hungry. They also drool when they are excited about a walk or when they see or smell a dog of the opposite gender and when they feel threatened or aggressive. An American Bully puppy starts drooling when they start teething. But your dog might also drool excessively, it can be serious. It can be a signal for stomach, oral or dental problems.

Would they make a good pet?

The American Bully breed was developed in the United States to become the ultimate family pet dog. American Bullies are excellent guard dogs as they are confident and have their own personality. But do not mistake their confidence for aggression, as they are very energetic, playful, and happy dogs. They are extremely loyal and obedient which makes them quite easy to train as well, especially with treats. They are a big-time master pleaser and making you happy makes them happier. But be consistent and confident with your dog's training. Once it is established that you are the leader in the relationship between you and your American Bully, he or she will become your best friend throughout his or her life. With proper training as a puppy, aggression or its great strength will not be a problem, as it would understand its role in the family or the household. But they are very protective of their owner or family members, if they feel threatened or sense danger for the family it will go beyond to protect them. That is why some people may perceive this breed as aggressive. Therefore there are mixed views about this breed.

As per grooming requirements, they are quite a low-maintenance breed. They are not hypoallergenic, but medium shedders. They have a short coat that needs to be brushed once a week and walking twice a day is enough for their bare minimum exercise needs. An American Bully breed dog is quite energetic and playful but they love snuggling beside their masters and demand unlimited belly rubs.

Did you know...

Extreme American Bullies are also called 'Exotic Bullies'.

Once an American Bully named White Rhino was sold for $ 250,000.

The American Bully even though descends from American Pitbull Terriers has now been recognized as two separate breeds.

The American Pitbull Terrier is banned in 12 countries namely, France, Denmark, Poland, Norway, New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, Finland, and the U.S territory of Puerto Rico.

Characteristics and health issues

The physical characteristics of an American Bully are all about its muscular body structure and great strength. It is known for its short back, wrinkly skin, short glossy fur, wide and arched forelegs, broad shoulders, short and rounded snout, and small uncurled tail. The coat colors vary according to the parent breed and are generally of various colors sometimes even multicolored. Their ears could be cropped or uncropped, both are accepted.

Their temperamental characteristics include their friendly and gentle behavior toward people and other animals. They are trustworthy, loyal, obedient, and confident in nature with a great personality.

American Bullies are easy to maintain or look after as they can become quite independent with proper training given they are from a high-quality breed. If you don't acquire your American Bully from a reputed registered breeder, you might have to take extra care of these beautiful babies as they are prone to few health problems and many more complications common to this breed.

Getting your own American Bully

If you wish to own an American Bully as your beloved pet for your family with children or not, it's an excellent choice. But they do come with certain complications and problems as well. Even though adopting and taking care of an American Bully is not the most tedious job as it's quite a low-maintenance breed but some dogs might face certain health issues as it's common in the breed.

American Bullies could be difficult to own depending on the country you live in as they are banned in several European countries, several states of the USA and Oceania (New Zealand and Australia) due to similar appearance to American Pit Bull terriers and are often confused between the two. Make sure that they are legal to own or breed in your country.

An American Bully puppy can be quite expensive and one pup could cost anything between $2000 - $7000 depending on their parent breeds and their purpose, i.e. the cost of a puppy from a champion breed will be higher as it would become a show dog than that of a Bully pit pup used to breed with other dogs. The cost also depends on the type of Bully breed pup which varies according to its size as a full-grown adult dog.


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Moumita Dutta

Moumita is a multilingual content writer and editor. She has a PostGraduate Diploma in sports management, which enhanced her sports journalism skills, as well as a degree in journalism and mass communication. She's good at writing about sports and sporting heroes. Moumita has worked with many soccer teams and produced match reports, and sports is her primary passion.

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