According to the ABKC- The American Bully breed has been selectively bred to give America’s breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier, a new direction and outlet. Like with the American Staffordshire Terrier, all of the positive characteristics of the breed’s ancestry were kept. Including loyalty, stability with humans and children, along with many of their physical attributes.
Traits of dog and human aggression have been bred out, as they have no future purpose for this trait (outside of hunting & sport) and a reinvented breed was formed — with the purpose of being the ultimate companion breed, and this breed is the “American Bully.”
AMERICAN BULLY TYPES & VARIETIES
In this article, we’ll cover the 4 American Bully Varieties according to the breed’s founding registry — the ABKC. We’ll also shed light on some of the different terms used to describe the different types of American & Exotic Bullies. Terms like Nano, Micro, Teacup, Extreme, XXL & even the latest not so new trend “Merle” bullies.
One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding many of the bully breeds are the misclassification of breed and type. There are still scores of people that confuse the American Bully with the American Pit Bull Terrier and other related bully breeds.
Many terms were used to describe the American Bully in it’s infancy — but the American Bully has established itself as it’s own distinct breed — recognized by several kennel clubs and organizations as such.
ABKC Pocket Champion HCB’s Homicide AKA “Homie”
POCKET PIT BULLS, MINI PIT BULLS, BULLY PITS ETC
Simply put, terms like “pocket pitbull”, “miniature pitbull” and “bully pit” are not actual classifications of any breed. These are simply terms used (incorrectly) referring to the American Bully.
Now that you’re aware of this — please respectfully correct those using terms like these by educating them in a respectful way on the difference between an American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), the American Bully & related breeds. There is no such thing as a “pocket pitbull”, “mini pitbull” or “teacup” pit bulls — at least not according to any legitimate registry or kennel club.
Another term that’s often used is “bully pit.” Again, these are simply terms being used (incorrectly) when someone is attempting to describe the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bully, Exotic Bully & related breeds.
These terms do not accurately describe any breed or classification of dog.
Unfortunately, the internet is full of misinformation, especially when it comes to the American Bully breed — and the Pocket Bully is no exception.
Take this article for example, which currently holds the #1 spot on google and it’s easy to see why there’s so much confusion around the American Bully Breed along with the different classes or varieties within the breed.
According to the article:
“Pocket Bullies are the miniature version of the American Bully. However, unlike some miniature breeds like the Labrador, they are not true purebreds. They are actually a cross between the American Bully and the Patterdale Terrier.”
TLB/Venomline’s King V
THE POCKET AMERICAN BULLY
The Pocket Bully is NOT a cross between an American Bully and the Patterdale Terrier. The Pocket Bully IS an American Bully — NOT the result of the infusion of other breeds. It is simply a VARIETY (see Varieties below) within the American Bully breed.
The American Bully Varieties — also known as “Classes” are determined by adult height — with the pocket variety having a shorter height at adulthood than the Standard. Aside from adult height, the pocket bully is no different than the American Bully or its varieties — nor are there different breeds in its makeup.
ABKC Champion Venomline’s Halo
AMERICAN BULLY VARIETIES
The American Bully breed consists of 4 Varietiesor Classes — amendments to the Standard for the purpose of classification and useful for dividing the different types in conformation events — also known as dog shows.
Initially, there were 5 varieties — but the ABKC did away with the Extreme class in 2014. The “Extreme” class was the same as the standard overall, but carrying more mass. This variety initially allowed some of what they refer to, as “handicaps.” Meaning there was some leniency on certain traits beyond the standard.
The reason for the leniency is these were bigger heavier dogs that needed more time of development to achieve ideal conformation. These “handicaps” were designed to be eliminated over time until this variety met the same standards as the standard.
Standard and Pocket Classes are now not to be penalized for dogs carrying more mass as long as they are correct and balanced.
We break down each of the 4 American Bully Varieties in the article below.
According to the UKC- The American Bully breed was subtly influenced by the infusion of several other breeds, which include the American, English, Pacific, Olde English Bulldogge among various other Bulldog breeds.
What differentiates the American Bully breed from it’s ancestors — the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and various Bulldog breeds — is it’s physical appearance. The American Bully Breed is one of heavier bone structure and “bullier” build than it’s American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Terrier ancestors, but without as many of the health issues prevalent in it’s Bulldog ancestry.
To many, it’s the perfect blend, a breed without the gameness and drive of a an American Pit Bull Terrier, yet more active and with less health issues than many of the Bulldog breeds in its makeup.
The result: a calm, confident breed of dog with a statuesque build that many consider the perfect companion.
The American Bully is a happy, outgoing, stable and confident dog. Gentle and loving toward people. Good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and an affectionate family pet. Stubborn, but obedient — this is a breed of dog wants nothing more than to please its master.
Physically the American Bully has an impressive, athletic build, which is both muscular and defined, and displays strength and agility. The breed is versatile and capable of accomplishing a wide variety of tasks.
The American Bully has a graceful yet impressive, solid, defined, athletic build that is both muscular and toned, and denotes strength as well as agility. It is a breed capable and diverse in all tasks and abilities.
Confident but not aggressive, the breed possesses a very pleasant temperament, playful sense of humor and get along with people, other breeds and species.
What is the average lifespan for the American Bully, Pocket Bully, Standard, XL Bullies?
Average Lifespan 8–12 years
HEALTH ISSUES IN THE AMERICAN BULLY BREED
What are some of the health issues present in the American Bully breed?
Elongated Soft Palate
Hip & Joint Issues
Socialization is one of the most important steps to take with your American Bully. Socialize very thoroughly when young to curb any dog aggressive tendencies. It has given outstanding results as a guardian of property, while at the same time esteemed as an excellent companion dog.
This breed is not for the passive owner who does not understand that all dogs have an instinct to have a pack order.
The American Bully needs an owner who is firm, but calm, confident and consistent. They need to know what is expected of them; rules to follow and limits to what they are and are not allowed to do. The objective in training and successfully keeping this dog is to achieve pack leader status.
It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in their pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader; lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog.
This is the best way to ensure is the relationship will be a success.
These can be especially useful if you’re considering line breeding and looking for a common ancestor.
Lastly, through word of mouth or by traveling to the Stud Owner to see the Stud in person. Breeders that use photoshop will do just about anything possible in order to avoid having their Customers seeing their dogs in person. It’s understandable if a Top Stud owner is busy, but most will make time for Customers who are traveling down.
If you get a resistance when asking if you can see the Stud in person for the breeding — this is usually a red flag. Not every Stud dog online is what they look like in photos, many are photoshopped.