The American Bully is a muscular dog that is known for its powerful strength. However, they have a sweet disposition and make wonderful family pets with proper training. These loyal dogs are born with an innate sense to protect their owners and their territory. Below we will discuss what it takes to raise your very own American Bully in addition to their appearance, temperament, health conditions, and adopting your very own American Bully.
Appearance Of The American Bully
The American Bully is a medium-sized dog that is known for its compact and muscular body. They have a structured and blocky head that sits on top of their wide, muscular shoulders. The male dogs of this breed are between 17 to 20 inches tall, and the females of this breed are between 16 to 19 inches tall. In addition, this breed can grow to a massive size and can weigh up to 120 pounds!
The American Bully is characterized by its short coat that clings tightly to its skin. Its coat is somewhat stiff but has a very glossy appearance. The breed standard allows for all color and coat patterns as well as all eye colors except for albinism.
The muzzle of the American Bully is medium in length, and they have a jaw that is very well defined. The popular breed has a jaw with immense bite power. Their tails are short in comparison to the rest of their body; it tapers to a fine point and does not curl towards the dog’s back.
Personality Of The American Bully
Although its appearance may be quite intimidating, the American Bully is truly a gentle giant that is loving towards people. The American Bully is a happy and outgoing dog that loves to receive love and attention from its owners as well as give love. These dogs are very obedient and want nothing more than to please their owners.
The American Bully is known for being extremely tolerant of children making them great family pets. They also have a strong desire to protect members of their pack; you may find your American Bully constantly watching over your little ones to protect them from danger. The American Bully is a very outgoing breed that is known for its courage in protecting. All around, the American Bully is a well-rounded family companion that wants nothing more than to please its family members.
It is important that you socialize your American Bully starting when it is young to prevent him from developing any aggressive behaviors or aggressive tendencies toward strangers or other animals. This breed is not recommended for passive owners that do not have the time to dedicate to proper obedience training and positive reinforcement training. It is important that these dogs know what is expected of them to prevent unwanted behavior problems later on down the road.
Dogs are pack animals and need an owner that can operate as their pack leader. It is important that your dog knows where it ranks within your pack to prevent behavior problems from emerging. If you do not feel confident in your ability to train your dog, you should consider seeking the help of a professional trainer for additional tricks and training methods to teach your dog how to behave at home and in public.
History And Origin Of The American Bully
Dog breeders began to develop the American Bully breed in the 1980s, however, the final aesthetic was not complete until the early 1990s. The American Pit Bull Terrier (parent breed) was used as the foundation for this popular breed. This created a dog that was stockier and more muscular than the American Pit Bull Terrier.
With more selective breeding and cross-breeding with the American Pit Bull Terrier to define the characteristics of the American Bully, the breed was recognized by a breed club. In 2004, the American Bully Kennel Club was founded and further grew the popularity of this muscular breed of dog.
Adopting An American Bully
If you are looking to adopt an American Bully puppy, you should get in contact with your local breed association or contact your local animal shelter as they may have an American Bully puppy available for adoption.
As with all purebred dog breeds, seeking a professional breeder is important. The work and passion that breeders put into their animals and their offspring are decisive for the success of the breeding and the physical and mental health of the animals. A responsible breeder places importance on the mother being able to recover after each birth. This reduces the number of litters per year and the profits made on the brood, but the health and balance of the dog are what is most important to him.
There are breeders that have no regard for the health and care of their animals. The American Bully is a large and muscular breed of dog, and some breeders have tried to exaggerate this appearance by injecting the dog with steroids. This causes immense health issues to develop later on in the dog’s life. This is why it is important to find a breeder that you trust and has previous experience with these dogs.
Good breeders do not sell their puppies before 8 weeks, as the imprinting phase of the first weeks is vital for the health and development of the psyche. This ensures that your dog will grow up to be social and able to interact positively with other members of your household as well as other dogs.
We always encourage people to check out their local animal shelters, as there are always dogs there that are looking for a loving family to adopt them. You may even get lucky and discover that your animal shelter has an American Bully puppy that is looking to be adopted. If you don’t want to pay a lot for the dog of your dreams, you should consider visiting a local animal shelter.
Common Health Conditions Of The American Bully
Every dog has the potential to develop genetic health problems as well as inherit specific diseases from its parents. This is why it is important to work with a reputable breeder that keeps the health of the dogs in mind while breeding. It is important that dogs are genetically tested for certain diseases and provided with the proper vaccinations before adoption.
Due to the relatively new emergence of this breed compared to other breeds, there has not been much study on health issues that are passed down or common with the American Bully. However, some health conditions that large dogs can develop are common in the American Bully. These common health issues are:
- Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia
- Autoimmune Disease
As the owner, it is important that you take your dog to the vet on a regular schedule to prevent the formation of preventable diseases and keep your dog in optimal health. This helps to guarantee a happy and healthy existence with your canine companion for years to come. With proper care and attention, the life expectancy of the American Bully is 8 to 12 years.
Caring For And Training Your American Bully
The coat of the American Bully is rather easy to care for compared to other dog breeds. They have a short and smooth coat that does not require much maintenance on your part. You should brush your American Bully’s coat on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush and provide your dog with a bath occasionally if you find that they have additional debris in their hair or if they smell.
American Bullies are average shedders meaning that they do not shed significant amounts of hair. With proper brushing and coat care, you can manage the amount of hair that you will find around your house or on your clothes.
In addition to coat care, you must trim your American Bully’s nails once a month and assist your dog with oral hygiene by brushing its teeth regularly; roughly three to four times a week, to prevent unwanted dental disease and infection. This also allows you to inspect your dog’s mouth and prevent and detect any illness early on.
Due to the large size of the breed, obedience training is critical for a happy existence with your dog. You must teach them to respect your authority. One important command that you should teach them is how to heel and sit to prevent them from going after other people or animals. The American Bully needs an owner that is dominant and can properly control their muscular bodies. It is best to start training them as soon as they are brought into your home to ensure a happy existence between your American Bully and the rest of your family.