Table des matières
- How Much Does An American Bully Cost?
- HOW MUCH DOES A QUALITY AMERICAN BULLY COST?
- Pick A Class
- WHAT TO ASK FOR BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING
- The American Bully: Best Dog Food, Supplements & Training
- Multi Vitamins
- Mobility & Joint Support
- For Diarrhea/Upset Stomachs & Skin Allergies
- Weight Gain/Adding Mass
- SHOW TRAINING
- American Bully Origin
- American Bully Temperament & Appearance
- List Of Recognized Sizes Of American Bully
- Other Bully Dog Breeds
- American Bully Health Problems
- How Much Is The American Bully?
- Clubs That Recognized The American Bullies
- Living With An American Bully Dog
- Adopting An American Bully
- How To Find A Good Or Legit Breeder
- American Bully Puppies – How To Take Care?
- Training Your American Bully
- What is an American Bully?
- Built Like a Tank
- Bred to be Your Best Friend
- Training an American Bully
- American Bully Health Facts
- Finding the Best American Bully Breeder
- Dog Breeds That Are Similar to the American Bully
- Conclusion: Is the American Bully the Breed for You?
How Much Does An American Bully Cost?
BULLY KING MagazineFollow Jun 28, 2017 · 10 min read 2017 Mascot Double L’s Mye-Stro
One of the most commonly asked questions that breeders receive is “how much does an American Bully cost?” Breeders get asked “how much?” Several times a day, in emails, Facebook, social media messages & under their photos. As much as I’m sure they would love to respond to every single “howmucher” it could take up their entire day. Most of the time it will be listed in their post (Read it) or can be found on the kennels’ website. Those seriously interested in a puppy should contact the breeder with questions.
Nonetheless, it is a great topic, and lots of people want to know.. how much does an American Bully cost?
HOW MUCH DOES A QUALITY AMERICAN BULLY COST?
Unfortunately, the answer isn’t that simple.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A PET, SHOW QUALITY OR BREEDING STOCK?
The first couple things you should ask yourself: are you looking for a pet, a Show Dog, or for Breeding Stock if you’re planning to become, or already are a breeder. You can find a pet quality American Bully for considerably less than a bully of Show quality, or a dog worthy of becoming breeding stock. If you’re simply looking for a bully of your own to love and be a part of the family, you can find a bully that will make a great addition to the family at a working man’s price.
Those who are looking to Show, or adding to their breeding program are willing to pay much higher prices than those after a pet. They view it as an investment. Customers interested in Showing their dogs know that investing in a Show Quality dog from Grand Champion & Champion winning lines will increase their chances of winning in the Show Ring.
Breeders looking to improve their breeding program will gladly pay an even higher price for a higher quality dog that is linebred and built to consistently produce (making the customer much more money than their initial investment in the long run.)
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Pick A Class
Are you interested in a Pocket, Standard, Classic or XL American Bully. This will also be a factor in the price. You can view the ABKC Classes Here
Prices on average run anywhere from $2000 to $5000.
Although they can be below or above that range.
Quality bloodlines and “bullier” dogs can sometimes cost more than this. When you’re spending $2-$7000+ (depending on pedigree, accomplishments, structure and quality) but you have to make sure you’re dealing with a legitimate breeder.
For every good breeder there are 100 breeders looking to get paid off of an uneducated buyer. Just because a breeder is asking a higher price on a dog doesn’t mean its better than someone who is selling at a lower price.
On the flip side of the equation, there are 100’s of breeders selling dogs for extremely cheap, and a lot of the times they lack quality (or aren’t even bullies)
The majority of the time these dogs won’t turn out anywhere near what you could have gotten had you done your homework and spent a little more with a quality breeder.
There are several mediocre dogs being sold for over $5000, just like there are some incredible Champion produced American Bullies priced at or below $3000. The key is who you do business with, make sure it’s someone with a good reputation. Ask for references.
WHAT TO ASK FOR BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING
Good breeders won’t hide behind a photo, they’ll have plenty of Video, and can be found at Shows competing and letting the public see their dogs. They will probably own a Champion or have multiple Champions. They are proud of their dogs and will want to show them off, not hide them. They will also have productions (in house produced dogs) for you to see to get an idea of the build, structure, color and look that their Stud and or program has produced. Good breeders aren’t hurting for sales, so you’ll probably need to contact them.
TRUST THE BLOOD?
You’ve probably heard the saying “trust the blood.” What they are referring to, is the dog’s pedigree. The best determinate of the future build of a puppy are the dog’s genetics. Look at the parents. BOTH PARENTS. Many breeders will use well known Studs to increase litter sales often pairing the Stud with a below average female. Although this sometimes produces a few nice dogs, the majority of the time it does not. It takes BOTH a quality female and Stud to produce a consistent litter.
Quality females are what separates breeders that pop up overnight (with a lot of hype behind them) and disappear in a year or two.. from breeders who produce quality litters time after time. There is some debate as to the percentage a female contributes to the litter, some say 60% some say more and others say a little less. Who really knows the exact percentage, or if there even is one.. All we can say from our own experience, our interviews with some of the top breeders and what we’ve seen produced.. Females play an extremely important role in producing a quality litter.
Females don’t get nearly as much love as the Top Males and Best Studs, but mark our words.. they are as important, if not more important. This is why it takes both a quality male and a quality female to produce impressive litters on a consistent basis. With a Top Stud bred with a below average female, most of the time the offspring will be a watered down version of what you had initially hoped for.
BIG NAMES IN THE PEDIGREE
The next mistake that many customers make is assuming that just because a top dog is in the pedigree, the Stud or productions will be top of the line. As Ty Lumley of Double L Kennel’s covered in the last issue, traits are much more important than the names in a dog’s pedigree. Look at the actual dogs (The Sire & Dam) when making your judgement, don’t just assume it will yield an impressive litter because of a few big names in the pedigree behind them. The Sire & Dam should carry the traits or “look” you’re hoping to get.
“I focus on what traits each individual dog brings to the table, the positives and negatives, and what traits are strong in their pedigree. Not what names are in the pedigree, but what traits are strong, the traits that are consistent from the parents and the litter mates to each individual dog. I’ve seen scatter bred dogs that are some of the best examples of the breed and tightly bred dogs of a certain line that look nothing like what the line was intended to look like. In my opinion the dog itself is what makes the pedigree valuable not the other way around.”
DETERMINING SHOW QUALITY
What to look for when determining if a dog is show quality will probably be an entire article in itself that we will eventually cover. When choosing a puppy look for defects. Fabian Chichester put it best “what’s small now gets big later.” Meaning an underbite, bad feet, high rear, roach back, kinked tail etc. will most likely remain, if not get worse as the dog grows. You’ll see a ton of exotics with bad underbites, high rears and feet pointing to both sides of the equator followed by comments like “fire bro”
Check the bite, look for straight feet and good overall confirmation compared to the pups litter mates. Color is in right now, so a lot of customers will choose color first. I would take structure over color any day of the week. With a good breeder you should be able to find what you’re looking for. The best Video I’ve seen that covers “Determining Show Quality” can be found on Bullybadasstv’s Youtube Channel.
After you watch that, be sure to check out the following Video on “Breed Type” to further your understanding. Be sure to Subscribe to their Youtube Channel for more great videos, they’re one of the best in the business and have a ton of great videos.
If you begin attending Shows you’ll repeatedly hear the term “breed type.” the “dog is a great example of breed type”, or maybe the judge says your dog “has excellent structure but lacks breed type.” So, what is breed type? The American Bully’s breed type is geared to differentiate this type of dog (The American Bully) from other breeds of dog. There should be no confusion at first glance what type of breed this is, and it’s features should clearly differentiate the American Bully from the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the various Bulldog breeds.
THE EXOTIC BULLY
There’s been a lot of ‘bully’ talk lately in the community circles. What used to be a catch-all term to categorize a specific group of specific breeds has become a mangled, multi-defined term of mass confusion and misuse. SO what IS an ‘Exotic’? Is it the same thing as a bully? Is it shorthand for American Bully? So, what is an Exotic Bully anyway?
Poorly bred ‘Exotic’ dogs, produced by breeders selling dogs with bad conformation from unproven lines for outlandish prices, do not represent the true form of the American Bully. Exotics aren’t ‘typical’ American Bullies, they are not correct based on the historical– or current day correct conformation of the Bully breed. They do not conform to the official American Bully standards- in fact, most of these dogs would get laughed out of the show ring (which is why Exotic breeders now host their own shows)
Ever see the Studs that look amazing in photos where the background is ALWAYS blurry & there’s never any videos of the dog? And if they’re feeling confident enough to send a video it looks like a deflated version of the photo and you’re confused as to how a a dog can go from incredible to underwhelming? It’s Photoshop. Some breeders do it, the background of the photos are usually blurry. They’re actually getting better photoshopping now now, so you’ll want to ask to see video.
GOOD BREEDERS DON’T HIDE BEHIND ONE GLAMOR SHOT
We at BULLY KING have no opinion or judgement if you prefer an exotic bully. That’s your preference and none of our business. But, when you’re selling others a dream through photoshopped pictures and producing dogs that aren’t functional, deformed and destined to a painful existence.. well, we’ll call a spade a spade..
Honestly, haven’t you wondered why every photo of the so-called “top exotics” are blurred in the background? Do you think these dogs are just so badass they change the atmosphere around them? As Bullybadasstv says “C’mon man..” That’s why when you see these dogs in person the first words most people mouth is “dafuq?”
Just don’t call it an American Bully. It embarrasses true dog men who care about the breed.
Go to an ABKC, RKC, BBCR show, these dogs would get laughed out of the ring. Most look great online thanks to photoshop but are underwhelming when you see them in person. These are the dogs who’s owners you see at Shows hanging out by the door telling each other how badass their dogs are, by other owners who were sold the same dream. You’ll hear “Kratos, 2X Miagi, 4X Bolow” etc.. but just look at the dogs.. Then if anyone has the audacity to mention the truth online or state that the dog is a disaster, they’re a “hater.”
As we covered in a previous Issue: No one these days can seem to hear facts. Then, in just about every forum online you’ll have a bunch of other noobs commenting “fire bro” “haters make the world go round” or some other nonsensical generic response. It’s much easier to label anyone that gives them the truth a “hater” than to admit you were sold a dream. Shit, if I dropped 30K on a new car that was defective, and people were commenting online that it was a piece of junk, I’d call them haters too. I’m invested at this point, and if I want to re-sell my piece of shit car I need to make others believe that shit is the shit. “Fire bro”
Now before anyone gets upset, we are referring to the genetic disasters. We are not bashing the exotic bully as a whole.
If your dog has health issues, can’t walk or run and destined to a short life full of joint pain and back problems, feel free to be offended. If you label your dog as Exotic and produce healthy, functional examples, this isn’t directed at you. Lead the community, and be an example. Help set breed Standards for a happy, healthy dog. At the end of the day, that’s all we care about.
THERE HAVE BEEN A TON OF REPORTS LATELY THAT OVERSEAS BUYERS HAVE BEEN GETTING RIPPED OFF
Many buyers have learned the hard way that just because a dog has a high price tag, does not mean that is worth that. Just like any business, there are legitimate people to buy from and others solely looking to profit off of others lack of knowledge. Do your homework.
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The American Bully: Best Dog Food, Supplements & Training
Out of all of the ones we have used, this has given us the best results with our dogs.
It’s also great for pregnant females. When litters arrive, females who have been supplemented with this product have noticeably bigger and more developed puppies.
We use this supplement on all of our dogs. I swear by this stuff. Before two weeks I noticed a huge difference in our dogs coats, nails, stool and an increase in their energy levels. This stuff is great, and provides a balanced nutrition to your dog without over doing it on any of the ingredients. It is sold out most places online, but you can get it here.
We are not a paid affiliate, and will not receive any benefit if you buy this product. It just really works.
A multi purpose vitamin is sometimes recommended after 9 months of age. But when it comes to vitamins & supplements remember more is not always better!
Best Multi Vitamins
Zesty Paws Multivitamin for Dogs
Easily a top pick. With a 5-in-1 formula, this multivitamin covers all your dog’s needs no matter their age, breed, or size.
For all-around support and health, this multivitamin is a wonderful option.
These chicken flavored soft chews are specially formulated to promote healthy joints, improve mobility, and ease discomfort from hip dysplasia and painful arthritis.
They’re loaded with essential vitamins like C and E, minerals, essential enzymes and powerful active ingredients including glucosamine, chondroitin with MSM, hyaluronic acid, energy-supporting co-enzyme Q10, yucca schidigera, plus salmon and cod oil for a healthy skin and coat.
The formula is independent lab tested for safety and efficacy, and is proudly made in the USA with no unnecessary additives or palm oil.
You do not need to over do it on the supplements. If your dog has the genetic make up to have a “bullier” build it will mature into that, if it doesn’t all the supplements and training in the world aren’t going to add on the muscle mass you desire.
DHA is one of a few supplements we add to our dogs’ diets on a daily basis. Salmon oil is a great source of DHA if it’s the right salmon oil.
Why Is Salmon Oil Good For Dogs
Salmon oil is very high in both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are omega-3 fatty acids.
EPA and DHA are helpful for your dog because if you have insufficient amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, you can develop deficiency based diseases, including:
Gout, Allergies, Poor immune system, Eczema, Poor coat: cracked hairs, Increased shedding, Poor wound healing, Poor growth, Poor renal function, Liver disorders, Dermatitis and other health problems.
Proven benefits from EPA and DHA include:
- Improves the coat and skin, making it soft and shiny.
- Reducing inflammation that can lead to conditions such as arthritis.
- Helps to prevent skin allergies.
- Helps with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
- Regulates the immune system.
- Calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases.
- Aiding in mental development of fetuses and puppies.
- Improves cognitive function in older dogs.
- Lowers blood pressure and triglycerides.
- Provides support for dogs with kidney disease.
- Fights heart disease.
- Is preventative against cancer.
- Helps promote weight loss in overweight dogs.
- Helps in producing more collagen.
- Useful in the treatment of kidney problems (frequent urination, loss of appetite)
- The appearance of joint problems is lessened.
- Can help to slow cancer cell growth.
- Helps cachexic (the muscle wasting associated with some cancers)
Mobility & Joint Support
TRP-Tri-COX Soft Chews Joint Support Dog Supplement
TRP-Tri-COX Soft Chews Joint Support Dog Supplement contains a unique blend of ingredients that target all aspects of joint health in dogs.
The unique blend of ingredients in TRP-Tri-COX helps maintain normal inflammatory and immune response in the joint. TRP-Tri-COX also provides the cartilage building blocks, antioxidants and muscle support that are necessary for proper joint function.
- Unique blend of powerful ingredients like glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, UC-11, EPA, and DHA support healthy joint function in dogs
- Helps maintain normal inflammatory and immune response in the joint
- Provides the cartilage building blocks, antioxidants and muscle support that are necessary for proper joint function
- Soft chews with a highly palatable liver flavor that makes administering to your dog easy and enjoyable
- Ideal for senior dogs with moderate to advanced joint aging. Also helpful for dogs recovering from surgery or injury
Consult with your veterinarian before using this product in animals with clotting disorders, being treated with anticoagulant medications; diabetes, or any other metabolic disorder causing hyperglycemia; history or urinary tract stones; known allergy to shellfish
ArthraPro is a scientifically advanced joint care powder that provides a concentrated level of ingredients proven to support and maintain healthy hip and joint function.
The proprietary Alvia Joint Support Complex provides key nutrients that have demonstrated their ability to support joint health, maintain synovial fluid levels, repair damaged cartilage, and increased muscle, ligament, and tendon strength.
Nutramax Cosequin Maximum Strength (DS)
This joint support supplement is formulated for adult dogs and contains glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM.
These tasty chewable tablets are easy to administer and can even be disguised in your furry friend’s favorite food.
Best of all, Nutramax is a number one veterinarian-recommended brand, so you can feel confident giving this joint supplement to your pal.
All 3 of these joint supplements work, and they work well unlike many of the options marketed as the top joint supplements.
We are not suggesting you use every single one of these, we are listing the Top Brands that we have used in each category.
For Diarrhea/Upset Stomachs & Skin Allergies
Benefits of FortiFlora Dog Probiotic
- Contains a probiotic proven to promote normal intestinal microflora
- Increases levels of beneficial bacteria
- Promotes a strong immune system
- Helps reduce flatulence in dogs
- Contains a guaranteed level of live microorganisms
- Convenient single packets, easily sprinkled on your dog’s food
Weight Gain/Adding Mass
Adding Mass Before A Show or For Use On a Dog That is Underweight
Satin balls are a great way to quickly add on weight for an underweight dog, or for an upcoming show or event in cases where your Stud has lost weight due to breeding, being around females in heat (many are not interested in food when that’s present) or losing weight due to other reasons.
Again this isn’t going to make your dog look like the dog to the left (only genetics will do that) but it can help in the situations mentioned.
“Satin Balls” are a total canine diet. But be careful, it will put weight on a dog fast, if you feed enough. It can be feed by itself, but because it is so rich and high in calories, I only feed as a supplement. So, if you have a sick dog needing to be built up or an underweight dog dog with little or no appetite, they may do very well on “Satin Balls” as a supplement.
Don’t mix or hide Satin Balls in with kibble. your dog will make a mess trying to get to the Satin Balls. It is perfectly fine to freeze Satin Balls in pre-formed and weighed portions.
When mixing the ingredients, it is a gooey mess. There are many sites with recipes for “Satin Balls”, but I chose the following, because it breaks the recipe down into various sizes.
SATIN BALLS RECIPE:
- 10 lbs cheap hamburger (high fat %)
- 1 large box Total cereal (about 12 cups cereal)
- 1 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 15 cups oats)
- 10 raw eggs
- 1 15oz jar wheat germ
- 10 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
- 1 and 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 and 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
- Pinch of salt
If your dog has a sensitive stomach, food allergies, or reacts poorly to raw food it is ok to cook
“Whole Wheat Total” cereal (blue box) comes in large 1 lb 2 oz size (about 12 cups settled) and a smaller 12 oz size (about 8 cups cereal), which would work in Little Dog or Half Recipe. But in the long run, the large size is more economical. Don’t get Raisin Total or Lo Carb. Total.
Uncooked Oatmeal like “Quaker Old Fashioned Oats” and less expensive supermarket house brand, come in large 2 lb 10oz size (15 cups oats) or smaller 18 oz size (about 7 cups oats).
15oz jar of wheat germ is about 4 cups. Some stores only carry a 12oz jar of wheat germ, which contains about 3 and 1/4 cups of it.
Vegetable oil/coconut oil-but use a good one. I use olive oil.
An important piece of the puzzle is the relationship between dog and handler. In order for the dog to enjoy what he is doing and feel comfortable and relaxed in the ring, he needs to have a strong connection with the handler, whether the it’s his breeder, owner, or a professional handler.
Positive reinforcement training can help strengthen this bond. Again, training methods that focus on positive reinforcement, rather than physical punishment, allow the dog to trust and feel safe with his handler. In turn, this allows the dog to relax and enjoy strutting his/her stuff in the ring.
PREPARING YOUR DOG FOR SHOWS
There are three core behaviors that a show dog must learn to do well. He must be able to “gait,” “stack,” and be examined.
Gaiting means moving at the proper speed and in the proper position without pulling on the lead, so that the judge can evaluate how the dog moves.
Stacking means he must be able to stand still on the ground (if he is a small dog, he must also learn to stand still on a table), so the judge can observe the dog and form an opinion as to how the dog appears when standing still.
Finally, a show dog must be able to stand still and remain calm while a judge examines him. The judge must actually put his or her hands on the dog to determine the overall structure of the dog.
We hope this article covered the basics on healthy exercise & training for your bully, gave you a place to begin on show and command training and food & supplements that actually work.
Remember, every dog is different. These are the brands and techniques that have worked for us. If you have something that’s working well for your dog then stick with it.
But get your dogs out, get them active and you’ll notice a huge difference in the health and happiness of your furry friend.
The American bully is getting popular as a pet despite being a new breed. Knowing how to take care, feed and maintain the well-being of is something that any potential owner (or has owned one) must know. American bully is a popular family dog so learning some trivia about the dog breed can be a fun thing as well.
The history, appearance and temperament of this companion breed are interesting topics to read and you as the owner of this canine will them find them useful in dealing as well as caring for your pet. You will also find out that the American bully comes in different types and sizes as well as how to buy or adopt the dog or pup that you want.
American Bully Origin
The American Bully origins are more recent unlike other dog breeds since the founding is between 1980 and 1990. The American pit bull terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers are the foundations used to breed a Bully. Nonetheless, there are at least five other breeds used to get its Bully-like look. The breeds are the French Bulldog, American Bulldog, English Bulldog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Olde English Bulldogge.
In the early years when the breed first appeared, a lot of dogs have other physical traits from other canine breeds. As a result, the owners of these kinds of animals have been given penalties by the registry. The result of these penalties forced owners along with breeders to create new methods of breeding.
American Bully Temperament & Appearance
An American Bully should not have aggressive towards you or any human. The Bully Pit has been bred to be a family dog. Thus its temperament must be zesty, gentle and friendly. If the Bully is aggressive, the chances are that it has non-Bully dog breeds in its lineage.
A Standard American Bully has a body mass with the thick-set sturdy build and proper muscle tone. The body’s muscles have absolute soundness, and it must have correct athletic proportions. The dog’s head is in proportion to its body. Note that the traits above are the general appearance of Bully Breeds and variations are depending on their size. Read this article about the Difference between American Bully and Pitbull.
List Of Recognized Sizes Of American Bully
Despite being a modern breed, American Bullies have variations when it comes to the size of a particular canine. Perhaps you have a preference on how big you want your companion dog pet. If so, then this list can be your guide.
- Standard – The dog’s compact body is medium or large that gives you the impression that the animal is strong. Along with the canine’s gentle behavior, it gives the idea of bearing a rough and thought, yet friendly pet. Males are 17 to 20 inches, and females are 16 to 19 inches.
- Xl – One of the most popular and largest American Bully in its category. Regarding the appearance and personality, the Bully XL dog is similar to other American Bullies expect that it is taller. Males are 20 to 23 inches, and females are 19 to 22 inches.
- Classic – This canine possesses all of the Bully breed’s characteristics, but it has a lighter body and less body mass. In comparison to an American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pitbull Terrier, the dog has more substances as well as bones. Simply put, the Bully Classic canines have lighter body frames. The Bully Classic’s size is the same as the Bully Standard.
- Pocket – Also called Pocket Bully, this canine is a shorter version of the Bully Standard dog. Except for the breed’s small size, it’s Bully traits are similar to the Bully Standard. And despite the word “pocket” in the canine’s name, it won’t fit in your pocket. Males are 14 to 17 inches, and females are 13 to 16 inches.
Several types of American Bully breed dogs are unofficial breeds that do not adhere to standards. There’s the Micro Bully, the Bully XXL, Micro Mini American Bully and Extreme Bully. Kennels clubs do not recognize these breeds are legitimate variations due to being alternate names for other American Bully. Just remember that if you have an unofficial breed, you can’t enter your pet in dog shows due to it not fulfilling the breed standards in competition.
Credit to: unafeyed_david
Now that you have decided which of the American Bully breeds you decide to adopt, you must know important things that will ensure your chosen dogs health. A healthy American Bully is a reflection of how its owner care and love it.
Other Bully Dog Breeds
Practically every American Bully breed is a favorite with families who want a pet as well as doggie family member. As much as you want to own every Bully breed, the reality is that you can’t since at best you can two or three. Nonetheless, you’d want the most popular American Bully; then this list will be of some help to you.
Boxer – This breed dates back to the 19th Germany and created by crossing several varieties of bulldogs. The name “Boxer” comes from the canine’s playful attitude of standing up with their hind legs and bats their owners with their front paws…like a boxer. Boxers besides being just pet also act as eye dogs for the blind and message couriers during World War 1.
Alapaha – This canine is bred to have natural herding instincts making it a beneficial working animal for keepers of sheep and livestock. The breed is from Georgia, and its ancestors the mountain bulldog, old country bulldog and old southern white are extinct. This loyal yet protective and friendly (especially to kids) dog arrived in America during the 18th century.
American Bulldog – Despite the word “American” in the canine’s name, its origin is from merry old England, and it was a dog bred to guard farm property and drive cattle. You can create a strong bond quickly with the American Bulldog due to its protective instincts. The animal will fearlessly protect you from any perceived threats. Socializing the dog with children and other pets results is a friendly and happy American Bulldog.
American Staffordshire Terrier – The American Staffordshire Terrier or Amstaffs is more or less a symbol bravely and courage during the first part of the 20th century. The dog’s visage is on many war posters. England is the canine’s place of origin and is a working dog that guards homes and lends help to farmers. Fun fact: Pete the Pup who is a star in the 1920s and 1930s “The Little Rascals” series is an Amstaff.
Boston Terrier – People like to call this dog the “American Gentleman” due to its white and black coloring looks like tuxedo-like and gives the canine a neat appearance. The breed was first developed in Boston Massachusetts by crossing the White English Terrier and English Bulldog. The Boston Terrier has a small frame, but it lively and highly intelligent. The Boston University chooses this dog to be their mascot.
You can check here the: Popular and Adorable Bully Dog Breed List
American Bully Health Problems
A typical American Bully is relativity healthy, but it does suffer from several health problems. Here are at some of those problems:
- Hip dysplasia – The most common disorder affecting canines and it is genetically inherited. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the animal’s hip joint that causes lameness. Usually, only one hind leg shows laming, but in extreme cases, it’s both hind legs.
- Cataracts – A dog’s eyes can turn opaque when it gets older due to the onset of cataracts. The size of cataracts often determines how significant the impact is on the animal. Very small cataracts do not affect the dogs eyesight, but cataracts get more opaque as the canine ages.
- Hypothyroidism – The dog’s pituitary gland produces thyroid-stimulating hormones, but should the gland fail to produce hormones then hypothyroidism sets in. Weight gain, decreased appetite, dry skin, hair loss and recurring skin infections are signs of hypothyroidism. Insufficient iodine also causes hypothyroidism.
- Mange – Should mites infest your pet; you can expect mange to follow if you don’t take actions to prevent mange. Mange is a condition in which the dog’s hair fall out and it due to incessant scratching. Mites cause irritation and itchiness in the canine’s skin hence the scratching
- Flatulence – Also known as farting, though in the dog’s case, the farting is excessive. Should a canine have flatulence, it’s a sure sign that your pet is eating food that is spoiled or not easily digestible. Spicy food, peas, soybeans and high-fat foods are the causes of flatulence.
As long as American Bullies receive proper care and maintenance, they can live out relatively healthy lives. Some illnesses require a visit to the veterinarian, but you can deal with other problems by yourself.
How Much Is The American Bully?
Photo Credit: badazzbullz
One thing is sure about an American Bully is that it is an expensive animal to buy. If you have the money to spend, then the price tag of the breed should be of no problem to you. Still, you need to know the exact price to get your money’s worth.
When buying Bully Puppies, ask yourself if you want one as a pet, a show dog or a breeding stud. The price of an American Bully for show and breeding purposes is higher than that of a house pet. The cost of a puppy can go as low as $2000, as high as $7000 or somewhere in between.
This fact may surprise you, but the highest price for a Bully is $250,000. Another factor in determining the rate of a pup is its bloodline that has a track record of producing outstanding or unique puppies. If you want a regular dog pet, then you are better off buying the least expensive ones.
Clubs That Recognized The American Bullies
Most dog breeds have clubs that give them recognition, and the American Bullies (despite being a modern breed) now has their recognition status.
There are two reputable Bully Clubs in the U.S. that give recognition to the breed. They are the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKB). Also, the two Bully clubs have a list of reputable Bully kennels in their list.
- Gottiline – Produces top-quality Bullies whose foundation sire is Notorious Juan Gotty. The founder of Gottiline is Richard Bajaras.
- Remyline – Founded by Fabian Chichester when he bought the Bull Remy Martin. Also, Fabian bought Bella a female Bully to serve as a foundation dame for Remy. Technically, the name of the kennel is “Lowjack”, but the names “Remyline is more well-known.
- Daxline – This kennel has gained a worldwide recognition thanks to its high-quality Bullies. Ed Shepherd is the owner of Daxline and its founding sire Dax. Dax current holds the Grand Champion title among Bullies.
Living With An American Bully Dog
An American Bully is one good example of a family dog. The canine show a lot of loyalty along with love to its family and kids are safe from it. Just make sure to supervise any interaction between your pet and kids prevent an accidental mishap.
While the dog’s aggressive behavior had been bred out, it can have problems with other dogs or pets. So if you do have other dogs or other pets like cats, there are going to be problems in their interactions.
Adopting An American Bully
If buying a Bully Pitbull is not possible for you due to insufficient money, then adopting one is your other alternative. There are plenty of Bullies that need a home and taking one means that you save one dog’s life. Also, you can save more money with the adoption fees.
Here is a list of a rescue organization that helps Bullies. Just remember that the Bully you are adopting is not a pup (except in some rare cases), but an adult.
- Amazing Grace Bully Rescue, Pensacola Florida
- Brave Bully Rescue, Houston Texas
- Peaches Bully Rescue
- American Bully Rescue of Ontario, Canada
How To Find A Good Or Legit Breeder
Getting an American Bully that is worth every dollar you spend is quite a challenge if you don’t know where to find the right breeder. Here some tips on how to spot a reputable breeder:
- Reputable breeders are affiliated with the ABKC or the UKC.
- The breeder will let you meet the puppy’s father and mother as well as siblings.
- Refrains from selling puppies via brokers, pet stores and online.
- The breeder provides a certificate of health to all dogs.
- Must know about Bullies
- Breeds Bullies only or another different breed.
- The breeder’s charges are in good health.
- Lastly check is the Bully breeder’s puppies are the type of dog you want like say a Standard, XL or Micro Bully.
American Bully Puppies – How To Take Care?
You must maintain the well-being of your American Bully by grooming and protecting it from cold weather. The beautiful thing about a Bully breed is that its short, smooth coat only requires brushing once a week. You won’t have to devote lots of time just for grooming.
The only disadvantage of the dog’s coat is that the animal can get cold too quickly. You can either make your pet remain indoors with heating or give it a sweater or jacket to wear. When going out in cold weather, the sweater or jacket is going to be helpful to the dog.
Training Your American Bully
Right from the start; establish the behavior and habits that you want in a Bully puppy. Don’t spoil the pup, but instead discipline it firmly, yet gently. With this method, you can remove the pup’s negative behaviors. Always use positive reinforcements to encourage success from the pup. Training also includes socialization with other animals or people and making the puppy accustomed to its environments. Of course don’t forget the usual doggie training like training your pet to “sit”, “stand”, “rollover”, “fetch”, etc.
The best kind of food for a Bully Pitbull is high-quality meat that contains lots of protein and high fat. How much food you give to your dog depends on it an appetite, but the general rule is not to overfed or underfed your pet.
Walking your Bully outdoors and going on outings can keep the dog fit and healthy. Not to mention that these exercises are enjoyable for the canine. There are also other exercises that an American bull can enjoy.
Swimming can be fun since American Bullies love to play in the water and it is an all-round exercise as well. Dog agility is a physical activity that requires jumping, dodging and crossing obstacles. This exercise also counts as obedience training.
Lastly, keep the canine’s mind occupied via mental stimulation to prevent boredom. A bored Bully tends to have destructive behavior.
Whether you want an American Bully for a pet companion, a breeding foundation or a dog show competitor, never forget to give it love and care. The information presented here should help you ensure that your precious Bully is a happy and healthy pet. If you want an American bully as a pet, but don’t have one yet then don’t delay in getting one. There’s Bully out there waiting for your love and companionship.
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Last Updated on October 12, 2019
Ferocious? Aggressive? THINK AGAIN. The American Bully dog is anything but grumpy.
Bred specifically for companionship, this dog will stay by your side until death do you part.
With Bully breeds, aggressive stereotypes and discrimination are common.
I’m here to tell you everything you need to know about the American Bully, so you know the truth about this loving dog before you decide if it’s the right breed for you.
What is an American Bully?
The first American Bully was bred in the United States between 1980 and 1990.
A common misconception is that it is the same as the Pit Bull. This is NOT TRUE. The American Bully does have Pit Bull genes in its original genetic code, but other Bull Dog breeds were also mixed in, giving the American Bully its own distinction.
It’s genetic push away from the Pit Bull was no accident, either. Passionate breeders sought a dog with an athletic build and a low fighting drive. These attributes are exactly why the American Bully is quickly rising as one of the most popular breeds today.
The American Bully was officially recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club in 2004, where the pedigree was documented and the breed standard was protected. It was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2013.
You can compare the Pit Bull and American Bully in this video:
Built Like a Tank
The American Bully features favored Bully traits, such as a wide front, heavy bones, a squarish head with large jaws and short, muscular legs. The tail is long and never docked.
This breed comes in 4 sizes. Here’s what you need to know.
- Standard: This is a 20 in (51 cm) medium-sized dog with a muscular body and block head.
- Pocket: This dog reaches 17 inches (43 cm) and, as you can guess, is a small-sized dog.
- XL: A big boy, this type reaches a height of 20 inches (51 cm).
- Classic: This American Bully shares the same measurements as the standard, but what sets it apart from the other 3 types is its build. The classic body is less bulky, with longer legs and a narrow frame. The classic is said to resemble the Pit Bull more than other varieties.
When it comes to American Bully weight, it varies with each height. In fact, all American Bullies are considered to be Standard in size until 1 year of age. This breed’s average weight can range from 66 to88 lb (30–40 kg).
Because of its diverse height/weight scale, the American Bully makes a good fit for any home situation, whether it’s an apartment in the city or a house with a yard. Just pick the size that suits you.
Micro & XXL
If you see “Pocket Bully”, “Micro” or “XXL” varieties advertised by breeders, be aware that these terms are not recognized by the ABKC.
If you get a small American Bully and are considering dog shows as a career, keep in mind that too small dogs are often penalized or even disqualified for not fitting with the expected height requirements.
The Low Maintenance American Bully
One of the best characteristics of this breed is how low maintenance it is. The American Bully sports a short, smooth coat that can come in any color pattern.
Although it is NOT hypoallergenic, the coat is low shedding. You’ll only need to brush your Bully once a week. No groomer is needed, so that’s some extra money that stays in your pocket!
Keep in mind that this dog is suited for warmer climates. If you live in a region that gets cold, you shouldn’t keep your American Bully outdoors on a permanent basis.
American Bully Bite Force
Some people are skeptical of the American Bully for a few reasons. It was originally bred from a Pit Bull, it has an intimidating appearance and it is used frequently as a guard dog.
It can be hard to tear your eyes away from the American Bully’s massive jaws. But, are they steel clamps that should be feared?
I could not find a definite estimate for this breed’s bite force PSI. But, we can look at the Pit Bull and American Bulldog to get a better understanding.
The Pit Bull has a PSI of 235. This is a pretty average bite force compared to other dog breeds. Nonetheless, it’s more so the dangerous reputation and roots in dog fighting that make the Pit Bull bite so feared.
The American Bulldog bite force is 305 PSI, which packs more of a punch than the Pit Bull. This breed isn’t considered aggressive, sharing a reputation with the American Bully for being a gentle family dog.
These are both Bully breeds, so we can gather that the American Bully bite force might be somewhere between 200 and 300 PSI range.
Any dog breed can bite hard, but it depends on the owner and the amount of socialization the dog has received that determines its behavior. Therefore, this is not a bite force to be feared!
Bred to be Your Best Friend
If you’re looking for a companion dog, the American Bully is an excellent choice. After all, this dog was bred specifically for the position.
According to the breed standard, this is a confident and social dog. You won’t have to worry about unpredictable or skittish behavior.
The American Bully is not skeptical or wary. Instead, she will scamper up to meet your friends, quickly becoming part of the crew.
What are some of the other characteristics used to describe this breed’s personality? Loyal, affectionate and gentle top the list.
The American Bully is highly intelligent, waiting and watching before making a move. She loves to please, so you can expect her to learn quickly and respond with unwavering obedience.
This is a highly energetic pup, so keep in mind that if she doesn’t get her daily calorie burn session, she might take it out on your shoes or furniture.
Does this breed do well with children?
The Pit Bull has been referred to as the “Nanny Dog” throughout history, so it’s no surprise that the American Bully is known to be a saint around little ones.
No aggression, no herding, and no bumping! If your dog is well-socialized, she will be drawn to the care-free demeanor of children. Roughhousing is ok, she will not react. Instead, the American Bully will let kiddies climb all over her!
No matter what breed you have, it is recommended to never leave a dog alone with a small child.
Does it do well with other pets?
The American Bully is naturally a social dog. She loves to be around others, including pets. As with any breed, socialization from an early age is key to ensuring the pup will be comfortable in new situations.
We’ll talk more about socialization a little bit later, but generally, the American Bully makes for a great pal at home with your other pets or at the dog park.
Is the American Bully Aggressive?
Let’s stop and have a chat about dog aggression. With Bully breeds, especially a dog with Pit Bull roots, stereotypes and misconceptions have become the norm.
No doubt, these dogs are rough, agile and muscular. They excel at sports and can take on any physical challenge with finesse.
They also look tough, with rippling muscles and monstrous jaws.
The problem lies in dogfighting. Bullies (especially Pit Bulls) are heavily used in these terrible blood sports. Dogs are reared specifically for aggression, disrupting the natural traits to be loyal and gentle.
These dogs are not the breed standard. They are abused by humans, leading to trauma that results in behavioral issues.
That’s why it is so important to be mindful when choosing a breeder, to ensure you purchase a puppy that began life in a loving environment.
So, NO the American Bully is not inherently aggressive. It all depends on the genetics, breeding, and training (which, goes for just about any dog breed).
Training an American Bully
Whether you decide to splurge on a professional dog trainer or want to undertake it yourself, training is definitely recommended for the American Bully.
This is a dog that wants a job and she will be as obedient as she can in order to please her beloved owner.
As the owner, it’s important to be confident, patient and firm, never showing frustration. Not only does this help teach the dog who is boss, but fosters an environment of respect and following the rules.
The 3 best training methods for the American Bully breed
1. Crate training
American Bully puppies lack bladder control up to 3 months of age. Crate training should be implemented as soon as you bring your baby home.
Spending small amounts of time in a crate helps to create a routine. As well, dogs naturally do not want to defecate where they lay.
The crate becomes a familiar, personal “den” where your dog can feel relaxed and safe.
2. Obedience training
Obedience is a trait that this breed is known for. American Bullies come from a working dog background and will learn to follow commands quickly. That’s why they perform well in shows and make great guard/service dogs.
By developing obedience early on, you’ll be rewarded with a reliable, well-behaved dog that understands you’re the one in charge.
You can hire a professional trainer, but if you do it yourself, be sure to stick to a plan. Consistency is key with this type of training. You’ll also need to stay calm, never yelling or giving into frustration.
This is the most important method of training for the American Bully. She is wonderful with children but can be stand-offish with other dogs unless well socialized from an early age.
You can introduce her to other dogs by bringing her to the dog park on the weekends. Keep her on a leash and let her slowly approach furry friends for a meet-and-greet. Soon, her natural inclination for being outgoing will take over and she’ll be wagging her tail to meet everyone.
American Bully Health Facts
When it comes to health, the American Bully does quite well. It has an average lifespan of 8 to 12 years.
With any dog breed, there are genetic diseases that are common and must be regarded. The same goes for the American Bully. The best way to avoid these ailments is to be careful when choosing a breeder. I’ll hit on this later on!
Here is a list of the most common American Bully health issues.
- Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a worrying defect because it cannot be detected until the dog is older. Abnormal growth of the hip joint leads to a painful deformity that eventually causes loss of mobility or lameness.
- Cleft palate/lip: Present at birth, this is a malformation of the top lip or mouth. It’s not life-threatening, but purely cosmetic. An easy surgery is all it takes to fix this condition.
- Luxating patella: This is an abnormal growth that causes a dog’s kneecap to dislocate.
- Congenital heart failure: This is a dangerous condition where the heart becomes enlarged. This leads to fluids being released throughout the body.
- Demodectic mange: This is a parasite that causes hair loss and scabs on the skin.
- Ichthyosis: This is a skin issue that causes thickening and peeling of the paw pads.
- Atopy: This is a common skin allergy that affects dogs and causes discomfort.
- Cerebellar abiotrophy: Luckily, this condition can be detected days after the puppy is born. This genetic disease affects the brain and nervous system.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: This eye disease causes a gradual disintegration of the eyesight. Incurable, it can lead to blindness.
- Hypothyroidism: Due to a thyroid issue, activity slows down and weight gain becomes imminent.
- Cataracts: This is another eye disease that causes a dog to slowly lose its vision. It can be corrected with surgery.
American Bully chow time
It is recommended to feed your American Bully 3 times per day.
Feeding an American Bully takes special consideration since this breed suffers from obesity, skin allergies, and gassiness. By sticking to a healthy balanced diet, these problems can be avoided.
You can choose raw foods, which includes organic vegetables, fruits, organ meats, fish, pork, turkey and eggs. This diet is packed with nutrition and none of the preservatives, additives, and fillers that are found in traditional dog kibble.
Maintaining a raw food diet can be time-consuming and expensive for some. Instead, opt for the premium, high standard dog food for your American Bully. Make sure it is packed with protein and substantial carbs (not corn).
She’s an exercise addict
The American Bully is an energetic fellow that craves playtime. You’ll need to exercise her for at least an hour every day, or else she’ll get revenge by being destructive around the house.
Here are some ideas to keep your American Bully moving and never bored.
Walking: This is always a good option! Take your dog on a long, brisk walk at the park or even hiking trails out in nature.
Swimming: This is especially great if you live in a hot area. Swimming is excellent for dogs and light on the joints. Throw a ball into the pool and watch your American Bully make a splash.
Agility training: Not only does this challenge your dog physically, but mentally as well. With an agility training course, you get to sharpen obedience.
Bike riding: Start practicing by peddling slowly while your dog trots alongside your bike. Soon enough you two will be tearing up the roads.
Toys and puzzles: Invest in heavy-duty chew toys to give your American Bully something to bite on a rainy day other than your shoes. Dog puzzles stimulate the brain, which is something this breed enjoys.
Finding the Best American Bully Breeder
If owning an American Bully is at the top of your to-do list, then let’s dive into one of the most important sections of this guide: finding breeders.
First, be prepared to dish out some serious dough. The American Bully price range is between $2000 and $5000. This is a popular dog!
You may think that finding a dog breeder is as easy as a Google search. Actually, there are numerous red flags to look out for when choosing a breeder.
You’ll want to educate yourself on how to navigate your way through all the puppy mills to land on a winner.
How can you avoid puppy mills?
Make an appointment to visit a breeder. Puppy mills don’t want you to see the inhumane conditions where they pump out puppies like a factory.
An ethical breeder will invite you over for a tour, happy to show you around. You’ll get to see if the puppies play outdoors if they are exposed to other animals and people and you’ll get to meet the parents.
Go for the puppy that costs a bit more. You’re paying for quality, pure bloodlines, and health guarantees.
Ask for health clearances. A reputable breeder will have the puppies checked by a vet and cleared for genetic diseases, such as hip dysplasia.
Meet and greet with the parents. This will tell you heaps about medical backgrounds and other genetic traits.
Ask for testimonials. Reading about past customer experiences gives you the real picture.
Research the breed first. When it comes to American Bullies, some unethical breeders will pump the dogs with steroids to make them appear more muscular. Not only is this risky for their health, but after awhile, the steroids wear off to reveal a smaller dog you did not agree to.
It’s all about asking questions! You should be ready to ask the breeder questions and vice versa.
A passionate breeder loves their puppies and will want to make sure they go to a responsible owner. They’ll even want to keep in contact for the first few months after the puppy goes home with you.
We’ve got you covered with these reputable American Bully breeders to check out.
- Razor’sEdge Bullies: VA
- Devil’s Den Bullies: USA
- Texas Size Bullies: FL
American Bully rescues & shelters
That new puppy price tag may be out of your reach. No problem! You can find beautiful American Bullies at rescues.
These sweet dogs are waiting to go to their forever home and shower you with love. Here is our list of American Bully rescues and shelters. They feature a variety of Bully breeds, but you can check back for the American Bully.
- Amazing Grace Bully Rescue: FL
- New York Bully Crew: NY
- South Of The Bully Rescue: SC
Dog Breeds That Are Similar to the American Bully
Bully breeds share one thing in common: They are descended from ancient Molosser dogs.
Often portrayed as aggressive, these breeds tend to carry a burden for being dangerous. Because of this reputation, certain dogs, such as the Pit Bull, are banned in some states.
The truth is, Bully breeds are not inherently aggressive. Though they may look intimidating with a muscular build, they are actually companion dogs at heart. It is how humans treat and raise their canine pets that determines behavior.
Perhaps the American Bully is not for you. That’s ok, there are plenty of other wonderful Bully breeds.
Here is a list of dogs that share similarities.
- Alapaha Bulldog
- American Bulldog
- American Bully
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso
- Dogue De Bordeaux
- English Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- Killian Bulldog
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Neopolitan Mastiff
- Olde English Bulldogge
- Pacific Bulldog
- Presa Canario
- Shorty Bull
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Victorian Bulldog
American Bully vs. Pit Bull: what’s the difference?
At first glance, you may wonder what makes these two breeds so different. In fact, there are several key differences.
The biggest distinguishing factor is physical appearance. The American Bully has a large head with a snubby snout as compared to the more narrow face of the Pit Bull.
The American Bully is shorter than the Pit Bull, mainly because of its legs. Only the Classic type of American Bully is known to have average-sized legs.
When it comes to build, the Pit Bull is certainly known for its muscle and brawn, but muscle is one of the main traits that the American Bully was bred to show off. Heavy bones, a wide chest and thick features make it quite the robust canine.
Are American Bully and American Bulldog the same?
The short answer is NO, they are not the same breed.
The American Bulldog is a cultural icon, having been around much longer than the American Bully. It was originally bred from the now extinct Old English Bulldog, brought over to the US by immigrants.
The American Bulldog was bred for farm work, as well as dog shows and sports. The American Bully, on the other hand, is an offshoot of the Pit Bull, bred for companionship.
You can really tell these two breeds apart by their physical appearance. The American Bulldog is taller, with long legs and a more streamlined, lighter body. The head is longer than that of the American Bully.
Conclusion: Is the American Bully the Breed for You?
Built like a beast, the American Bully is muscle mayhem! Don’t feel intimidated by that broad, bulky chest and a large set of jaws. This dog has a whole lot of love to give.
Let’s do a quick recap on this breed, and you can decide if it’s your match.
- Bred for companionship
- Bullies are “Nanny Dogs”, so they do well with children
- Highly intelligent and easy to train
- Low maintenance grooming (NOT hypoallergenic)
- Suitable for apartments and houses due to multiple size varieties
- Excels in shows, competitions and as a service dog
- You’ll need to dedicate ample time to training, especially socialization. This is necessary to encourage confidence around other dogs and people.
- Obesity, gassiness, and skin allergies are common, so a healthy (sometimes more expensive) diet is necessary.
- High energy means daily exercise is a must to avoid destructive behavior.