Beginning over 20 years ago, the American Bully breed was developed as a natural extension of the American Pit Bull Terrier and bred primarily as a family companion and show dog. Over the generations with various other breeds being incorporated into the lineage such as the American Bulldog, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the Bully has become what it is today. With a heavier bone structure and more muscle mass, they have been recognized as a new breed separate from the Pitbull. These bulky dogs have rapidly gained popularity in the United States and have even been seen working in law enforcement, property protection, and as therapy dogs.
Recognized for its compact and medium-to-large size, the American Bully surprisingly has a very muscular body with an equally large blocky head. These unique-shaped dogs definitely give off the impression of strength regardless of their varying size from the smallest, standing no more than 17 inches, to the largest, reaching up to a massive 130 pounds. Although the breed can be seen in a variety of colors and patterns, all Bullies have a short, smooth, and glossy coat with a bulky body type. They have medium-sized eyes, natural or cropped ears, and a broad muzzle with a large nose. The American Bully's tail is medium in length and tapers to a fine point.
Often confused with the American Pit Bull Terrier and other "bully-like" breeds, the American Bully is a different breed all on their own. Despite their muscular and intimidating appearance, they are very affectionate and have a happy-go-lucky attitude. Considered to be one of the most protective breeds, American Bullies can be a very good choice as a guard dog because of their courageous personalities and will do everything in their power to keep their loved ones safe from harm. With socialization and training from puppyhood, they generally get along well with other adults and children but can be a bit standoffish with strangers and other dogs. A properly bred American Bully should not be aggressive, vicious, or possessive towards any human. These confident dogs have a high self-esteem, requiring an experienced and patient owner for training to be on their best behavior. Their bulky body makes individuals assume they are not ones for playtime but the Bully is actually quite athletic and active, appreciating plenty of outdoor time. Due to their strength, they should be supervised around small children as these dogs are extremely strong and can show their affection with rough play. Their quick rise in popularity attests to the American Bully's companionability, intelligence, and friendliness.