Depending on who you ask, the definition of the American Bully will vary. Some believe they are nothing more than shorter, stalkier American Pit Bull Terrier, whereas others believe that they are a breed in themselves.
The United Canine Association registers American Bullies as their own breed, stating that it is unique and should be set a part from American Pit Bulls.
American Bullies can actually be registered with ABKC, UCA, DRA, EBKC, and the BBC.
Some believe the development of the American Bully began in the 1980s with selective breeding of various bulldog breeds, to include American Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Others believe that American Bullies are just selectively bred Pit Bulls with the Gotti, Razor’s Edge, and other bloodlines, that create a larger Pit Bull with more muscle mass and definition. (Not all Razor’s Edge and Gotti bloodlines are Bully, depending on how far down in the bloodline the dog is.)
In any sense, the result is to create a loyal dog with a good temperament and enhanced physical characteristics. The American Bully should be stable, dedicated, confident, devoted, and intelligent. The American Bully should be a powerfully built dog with a solid body and well-defined muscles.
Difference Between Pit Bull and American Bully
Pit Bulls are bred to be between 40-50 pounds with a lean-to-medium frame.
American Bullies are not bred with the same historical or modern confirmation and physical standards as the American Pit Bull. They are bred to be bulky.
- Classic Bullies are the least bully-looking; they look a little more bullier than the typical American Staffordshire.
- Pocket Bullies are small Bullies, such as the red and white above.
- XL Bullies are the largest and bulkiest of the bullies.