American Bully

Temperament:

Gentle, affectionate, cozy
Size: Medium
Height: 43-50 cm
Weight: 20-50 kg
Lifespan: 8-15 years
Coat: Shorthair
Colors: Brown, Gray, Brindle, White

The appearance of the strong and brawny dog belies its gentle nature. American Bullies are very affectionate and rather cozy. Since they like to please people, it is jokingly said: a bully as a guard dog would even help the burglar to carry.

American Bully
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Characteristics

American Bullies are descended from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Several other breeds have also influenced the appearance and temperament of Bullies. These include the English Bulldog, Old English Bulldog and American Bulldog. There are four types of Bullies: XL, Classic, Standard and Pocket.

The United Kennel Club recognized the American Bullies as a separate breed on July 15, 2013. In Europe, the American Bully is not a specifically recognized dog breed. The related dog breeds are on the list of so-called dangerous dogs. Therefore, the keeping of Bullies is subject to licensing in some federal states.

Bullies are real powerhouses. The torso and limbs of the dog are strong and muscular. They reach a shoulder height of about 50 centimeters. This makes them one of the large dogs.

The distinctive head of the Bullies is large and broad with a square muzzle. Jaws and teeth appear powerful. The eyes are medium in size and set wide apart. The dog's erect ears make him look alert and curious.

The shoulders and back are broad and strong, the hips somewhat narrower. The American Bully has a thin tail that reaches to the hock. The feet appear rather short compared to the rest of the body.

Bullies walk confidently and boldly. As a result, the dogs radiate interest and a sense of adventure. When running, the animals look athletic. Physical exercise usually succeeds the Bullies effortlessly.

Since the American Bully is not an established breed dog, coat and colors vary. The animals usually have short, smooth fur. The coat colors brown and gray are common.

Contrary to the fighting dog stereotype, the Bully is not aggressive or unstable. On the contrary, because of its resilient and good-natured nature, it is also suitable as a family dog. Its nature is neither aggressive nor fearful and shy. The animals are basically balanced, calm and loyal.

The appearance makes the Bully a good protector. The animal defends what is dear to him. However, he is also open-minded and trusting of strangers. So, the naturally cozy and not very fond of barking fellows are not the perfect guard dogs.

Coat care:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Shedding:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Energy level:

Little
Medium
High

Trainability:

Little
Medium
Good

Children suitable:

Less
With supervision
Perfect

The right food

The powerful dogs can weigh up to 45 kilograms. Because of their physique, bullies generally eat a lot. Look for food with sufficient protein content (at least 30 percent). The dog's distinctive musculature needs constant replenishment.

A little "baby fat" does not hurt American Bully puppies. A young dog should eat at least three times a day. The fat supports the puppy's growth. The animal's body turns the blubber into the muscle mass that is characteristic of Bullies.

But be careful: don't overdo it - despite heartbreaking doggy eyes. Too much high-energy food will make your Bully grow too fast. Tendons, bones and joints of the animal would suffer.

When the animal gets older, the metabolism changes. You should therefore adjust the eating habits when your Bully is about one year old. Now give him a portion of his food three times a day - no more. Overweight is very harmful for your dog.

Vitamins and minerals are very important for the life span (about 10 years) of the animal. Go for high quality food here. Vitamin supplements and other nutritional supplements are abundantly available on the market. But good dog food should cover the most important nutrients.

Make sure your dog always has fresh water in his bowl. Change the water twice a day. The animal must supply its body volume with enough liquid.

American Bully Care

Happy and healthy Bullies need plenty of exercise. Walk your dog three times a day. Your walk together should last at least half an hour each time.

Bullies love to swim. Letting your dog in the water allows him to exercise in a way that is easy on his joints. Because of his massive stature, he needs gentle types of exercise. On hot days, this also gives him a chance to cool off.

Half an hour of natural sunlight is an absolute must. If you have a busy work schedule, set aside enough time for this. Maybe you can ask a friend or neighbor if necessary. Short walks at dawn or after sunset do not have the same effect.

The large and powerful dogs are not suitable for a small city apartment. The animals are sensitive to loud traffic and other noises in the city. Even if you have a spacious apartment - the animal must often be able to romp in nature. A house with a garden in a suburb is a better home for a bully.

When training your dog, always consider how strong he is. The dog needs to learn how to properly handle his strength in the first 18 months of life. Let him interact early with other dogs, the other pets or the children. Immediately wean the puppy off rough play behavior.

Since Bullies are people-oriented and good-natured, they can integrate well into a family. Willing to learn and obedient as they are, they quickly accept the hierarchy. It is only important to show them early and consistently who is in charge.

Animals are looking for their master's approval. Praise your bully when he has learned something new. Harsh punishments are not appropriate. Straightforward and loving education will make you inseparable.

Healthy bullies need to visit the vet regularly. Vaccinations and deworming cures are mandatory. The effort for fur and dental care is comparatively low.

Suitable accessories

For your Bully you need dog bed, bowl and Co. in XL format. Make sure the dog leash and harness are robust - after all, your dog is a real powerhouse. For safety reasons, your equipment should also be of high quality.

The smooth and short coat of the Bullies is easy to maintain. Use a coat brush to remove parasites and dirt after walks through undergrowth or tall grass. Even so, the coat should be brushed regularly. Your Bully will quickly get used to an occasional bath with dog shampoo.

Chew toys take care of your dog's teeth. Make sure that they are big enough. Otherwise, the animal may swallow them or bite off parts.

Bullies are bright and eager to learn. They are therefore well suited for dressage. You can quickly teach your dog small tricks. He will be happy about praise in the form of treats.

The animals like to play and are active companions. But your Bully is also happy when he can lie lazily on the sofa. He appreciates a cuddly dog blanket.

American Bully History

Origin & History

The ancestors of the Bullies have a long history. For example, the English bulldogs arrived in America with the first immigrants. Because of their appearance, the settlers liked to keep them as farm dogs. They were supposed to watch over the livestock and keep away unwanted visitors.

In the 17th century, the strong animals were used in the fight against bulls. The name "bulldog" or "bull biter" comes from this time. It was used to describe the area in which the animals were used. In the USA, American bulldogs are still partly used for hunting wild boar.

The legislation of many countries prohibits dog fighting. However, they still take place in criminal milieus. Nevertheless, the cliché of the "fighting dog" does injustice to many animals - including bullies.

The American Bully enjoys great popularity in the rap scene. Its appearance makes it a sought-after companion in music videos. Hard shell, soft core: many rappers are devoted to their Bully.

In America, the Bullies were bred from the established Bulldog breeds about 40 years ago. The aim of the breeding should be a family-friendly companion dog. In the first years of breeding, some defects appeared. Meanwhile, the dog type is of relatively good health.

Bullies are - depending on the origin and breeder - relatively expensive. In the USA, prices range from $800 to $20,000. The high-priced puppies are offspring of well-known Bullies. In this country, a Bullie costs about 1,000 to 2,000 euros.

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