American Bully Types

The American Bully is a pretty modern breed of dog created by mating different bulldog-like breeds with American Staffordshire Terriers American Pit Bulls.

There are many American Bully types and not all of them may perfectly suit you.

American Bullies Types

Despite their unappealing appearance, they make wonderful companion animals since they are so devoted to their families.

The American Bully Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club both first recognized the breed in 2004 and 2013, respectively.

Standard, XL, Classic, and Pocket were the original subcategories of the American Bully. There are currently five varieties of American Bully, with Extreme being the newest.

We’ll start by going through the various varieties of this breed and their traits. Keep in mind that a dog’s lifespan, for instance, can change based on how well it is taken care of.

If given exceptionally high-quality food and routinely attended to the vet, many dogs may survive longer than they would have anticipated.

For each type, there isn’t a set weight, but it should be proportionate to the body frame. An American Bully typically weighs 66 to 88 pounds.

The American Bully Kennel Club has established the following standard features.

Standard Bully

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Female Size: 16” – 19” at withers

Male Size: 17” – 20” at withers

American Bullies Standard

The American Pit Bull Terrier’s show version and companion dog, the Standard Bully, were first developed in the 1990s.

Official ABKC standards of this kind include some of the following:

  • A large chest and thick, muscular frame give off the appearance of enormous strength, but no traits that are exaggerated;
  • Even if the facial muscles are strong and the head is massive, the broad and hefty head must be in proportion to the body, clear-cut jaws;
  • Oval or almond-shaped eyes that are widely spaced apart are situated low in the head. They can be any hue, with the exception of pinkish red (albino), which is undesirable, and blue. Bulging eyes are a flaw, while round eyes are undesirable;
  • Short-to-medium muzzle that shouldn’t interfere with breathing normally. The top line of the snout and the nose are in a straight line. The neck is muscular, slightly arched, and the shoulders are robust. Although the skin is taut, there should be very little slack skin.

It is excellent with kids because it is patient and exhibits a lack of biting and snapping.

The Standard Bully has a strong sense of loyalty and affection for his family and their acquaintances, particularly if they are cordial toward him.

Despite having a gruff and aggressive appearance, it is highly sociable and will readily accept amiable newcomers. Although defending oneself from violent individuals or dogs is common and ethical, it should not be overdone.

They have a high pain threshold, which might not always be advantageous. Bullies may suffer pain in quiet and rarely display visible symptoms of injury. In certain cases, if not caught in time, this might be fatal to the dog.

Classic Bully

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Female Size: 16” – 19” at withers

Male Size: 17” – 20” at withers

American Bullies Classic Type

This breed differs from the Standard Bully in that it has a different body type. The Classic Bully has a lighter body frame and less overall body bulk.

Given that it was designed to resemble the conventional American Staffordshire Terrier or the American Pit Bull Terrier more, it does display “bully” tendencies.

Bullies of the Classic type adhere to the same criteria as the Standard type, although having a smaller body structure.

  • Although less fat and robust than the Standard Bully, the bully is compact and strong-looking;
  • Large head, defined jawline, and eyes that can be any color with an oval or almond shape. Albinism and being blue or badly pigmented are unacceptable. Although passable, round eyes are not preferred. Bulging eyes are problematic; the muzzle ought to permit regular breathing. Its upper portion must align with the nose;
  • Strong shoulders and neck, slightly arched neck, and little to no slack skin.
  • Broad chest and a lighter, less muscular physique give the appearance of a strong, authoritative dog.

The Standard Bully and the Classic Bully share a temperament that is extremely similar. Both types can form close bonds with their owners if the family takes excellent care of them.

They are outgoing, steady, and confident. They are always eager to serve their owners and are also very devoted and patient.

Like the Standard Bully, the Classic Bully is outgoing and accepting of youngsters and outsiders while remaining incredibly protective of their families and possessions.

It is extremely strong, agile, and pain-tolerant.

XL Bully

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Female Size: 19” – 22” at withers

Male Size: 20” – 23” at withers

American Bully XL Type

The XL Bully, another variation on the Standard Bully, is taller and thicker while maintaining the same body type.

Compared to the Standard, the XL Bully is bulkier since it has higher body mass. It adheres to the same guidelines as the Standard type, and its characteristics shouldn’t be overstated.

This American Bully variety is the biggest thus far.

Due to their size and the difficulty of successfully producing XL Bullies that match the breed standards, this breed rarely stands out or even takes first place in dog shows.

Because the American bully breed is still in its infancy, breeders who want to be successful must be extremely selective when choosing XL American Bullies for breeding.

  • Although bigger and thicker than other American Bully varieties, the XL has the same compact and robust body as the Standard Bully;
  • Substantial chest;
  • Large, weighty head; well-defined jaws; almond- or oval-shaped eyes; prominent cheek muscles. Poorly pigmented and albino eyes are unacceptable. Bulging eyes are a flaw and round eyes are undesirable;
  • Muzzle should be in line with the nose and allow for normal breathing;
  • A neck with tight or marginally loose skin;
  • Strong shoulders and a slightly arched neck.

Extreme Bully (Exotic Bully)

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Female Size: No official size

Male Size: No official size

American Bully Extreme Type

A modification to the Standard Bully, the Extreme Bully has a heavier build and weight. It has a larger body than the typical variety and seems wider thanks to its extremely hefty and thick bones.

It adheres to the same principles as the Common Bully:

  • Body that is lean and strong with a wide chest. Head size in proportion to body size;
  • Large cranium with prominent jaws, high-set oval or almond-shaped eyes of any color, and eyes of any shade. Bulging eyes are unwanted, as are round eyes;
  • A short-to-medium snout that is in line with the nose and enables for breathing;
  • A slightly arched back, a strong neck, and shoulders;
  • Overall robust and intimidating appearance without any ostentatious embellishments.

There are various characteristics of this kind that can be utilized to determine whether an American Bully is indeed an Extreme Bully:

  • Their lips are somewhat pursed. Although the breed standard allows for loose lips in some Extreme Bullies, some owners dislike this trait.
  • The skin surrounding the dog’s neck can also be tight (although not very firm) or loose.
  • Other Extreme Bully types are also appropriate for looseness; the hocks (hind end) are turned slightly out. For many other Extreme Bully kinds, this is likewise okay, except for the Standard variety because it has a taller back than most Bully breeds.

Pocket Bully

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Female Size: 13” – 16” at withers

Male Size: 14” – 17” at withers

American Bully Standard

The sole difference between the Pocket Bully and the Standard kind is height at adulthood.

Although it is the smallest of its species, Bully kinds are all hefty and robust. Other “pocket” or “toy” dog breeds are not like this.

This breed was created especially for owners who adore American Bullies but prefer a more manageable size.

In terms of the amount of time available for socializing, grooming, exercising, and playing with their dog, this kind is excellent for an owner with an ordinary lifestyle.

Bullies of the Pocket type adhere to the same rules as Bullies of the Standard type; the only distinction is their size:

  • A strong-looking physique with a wide chest and no accentuated features;
  • Broad head with pronounced cheek and mouth muscles in relation to body size;
  • Oval or almond-shaped eyes. Any color that is highly pigmented is allowed. Albinos are not welcome; Bulging eyes are viewed as a flaw, and round eyes are unattractive;
  • Breathing cannot be hampered by the muzzle. The top line should match the nose;
  • Tight or only somewhat loose skin on a muscular, slightly arched neck;
  • Same dimensions to the other Bully varieties, but smaller in size.

American Bullies are ideal pets even for novices because they require little maintenance. They don’t require considerable professional care due to their short hair and merely require frequent brushing.

Like the majority of dogs, they also require routine ear cleaning and nail trimming. However, nothing unusual occurred.

Some American Bullies may shed their hair frequently, but others may only do so occasionally. In rare situations, food could also assist decrease shedding.

The American Bully continues to be the subject of numerous varying opinions. Given that American Bullies are related to Pit Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terrier breeders will view them as inferior.

Despite being more strongly related to bulldogs, some people will mistake them for pit bulls. Others will view American Bullies as being very distinct from Pit Bull and Staffordshire Terriers.

If you wish to own an American Bully as a pet, you won’t be dissatisfied because all of the breeds are sweet-tempered, playful, and friendly while yet being protective.

American Bully Bloodlines  

The quality of an American Bully’s bloodlines, or the biological makeup the dog receives from its ancestors, such as parents, grandparents, etc., is another way in which they are categorized.

To guarantee that all of the breed’s greatest traits stay intact and pure, dogs with superior bloodlines are bred.

American Bully Bloodlines  

So let’s check at a few of the most well-known bully bloodlines:

The Razor’s Edge Blood Line

It is one of the most sought-after Bully lineages and was developed by Dave Wilson.

This bloodline is frequently bred by breeders who focus on XL American Bullies. The physical characteristics of the Pitbull, which produce powerful, muscly dogs, are the main focus.

Gottiline Pitbull Bloodline 

The Notorious Juan Gotti, Richard Barajas’ dog, inspired the creation of this blood, which bears his name.

Although they may have a menacing appearance, dogs from this breed are calm and sociable. They are also renowned for their prowess in sports like lifting large objects.

Remyline Bloodline 

Fabian Chichester founded this bloodline in 2004 and gave it the name Remy in honor of his dog.

This lineage is renowned for its purity because all the dogs in this breed have the same outward appearance thanks to its creation from a single male breed.

Colby Pitbull Bloodline 

As one of the earliest bloodlines, it has been around for more than a century. It is renowned for breeding powerful dogs that are competitive competitors, making them ideal for athletics.

These dogs are not the best home pets, either, as they are also renowned for having terrible temperaments.

American Bullies Bloodline Explained

Bully Camp Line

One of the most coveted bloodlines, Mr. Miagi is the most well-known member of this pedigree.

The majority of dogs produced from this bloodline have ideal characteristics and superb body structure.

Golden Line Bloodline

The majority of American bullies fall under this bloodline. The dogs it is most famous for breeding have short, heavy-boned frames and large chests. These dogs make excellent house pets because they are also well-mannered.

Kingpin Line

Families are especially interested in this blood because it has been around for a long time. It is known to breed dogs that have calm dispositions and enjoy socializing with people, especially kids.

Edge of Gottiline

This breed is renowned for generating little Bullies with charming personalities. It is primarily designed for pet owners who want the appearance and temperament of a Bully without the size.

Nakamoto Bullies

This bloodline, which was established in 2010, mostly focuses on breeding unusual Bullies. Breeders of this line take care to adopt humane and ethical practices to create the best possible purebred canines.

Kurupt Bloodline

One of the bloodlines that has gained prominence most recently is this one. Some individuals don’t even believe it to be a breed of American Bully.

It is renowned for producing enormous dogs with calm temperaments and refined manners despite their intimidating appearance.


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