AMERICAN BULLY DOG BREED
The American Bully was established in the United States between 1980 and 1990. He was created by mixing the American Staffordshire Terriers with the American Pit Bull Terrier. The purpose of this cross was to produce a heavy, muscular and balanced dog breed, which would be the ultimate family dog. Even though this breed is recognized by the United Kennel Club, it is still very rare in Europe. The American Bully is not recognized by the World Canine Organization. This breed is divided into four categories: Pocket, Standard, Classic and XL.
Height: 13-24 inches Weight: 68-120 pounds Lifespan: 10-12 years
The American Bully has not specific standard concerning its looks. Moreover, representatives of this breed can be very diverse when it comes to physical appearance. In general, the American Bully is built very strong and muscular, small to large in size. His head is of medium length, with a broad skull and distinctive cheek muscles. The muzzle is also medium in length. Ears are allowed to be both natural and cropped, always set high. Eyes come in a variety of colors. Shoulders are strong and muscular. The neck is heavy and somewhat arched. The tail is short, not curled and not docked. While males reach a shoulder height of 21 inches, females are usually 19.5 inches tall. Despite its massive body, this dog breed is quite athletic and moves with ease. The American Bully is very strong and nimble.
The American Bully is primarily a family dog. Representatives of this breed are particularly popular among families with children since they are sweet-tempered and very fond of children. American Bullies are stable dogs, very loyal and affectionate. This breed shows itself friendly and open to other dog breeds, it loves playing and is not prone to conflict. If you socialize your Bully properly, he should not show the slightest sign of aggression. Indeed, his patience and kindness are limitless. The American Bully is extremely inquisitive, but he has great respect for the strangers.
Coat / Care:
The American Bully is covered with a short, shiny coat, which is smooth to the touch. The coat comes in many different colors, except merle and albino. More precisely, all colors and patterns are acceptable. You should brush your pet with a firm bristle brush. Since this breed is an average shedder, American Bullies should be groomed no more than 2-3 days on a weekly basis. Make sure to bathe your pet only as necessary.
This breed suffers from a range of diseases. American Bullies are most susceptible to joint problems, including canine hip and elbow dysplasia. In addition, they have other health problems, such as cherry eye, ectropion and entropion. You must be careful when buying a Bully, because some breeders give them steroids to produce a large, muscular body in the shortest possible time. When the owner ceases to give the medication to the dog, its body returns to normal size, causing severe health problems.
The American Bully is a stable, reliable friend. This breed of dog is known to be very obedient, always following its owner’s directions. He should do a good job when it comes to training. This breed is not for the passive owner. On the contrary, the American Bully needs an active owner who is firm, confident and trustworthy. The coach has to be decisive and dominant during the training process.
American Bullies are quite active indoors. However, these dogs are usually balanced and civilized, provided that they have enough space for themselves. Hence, the American Bully is suitable for life in a city apartment. On the other hand, if this breed is not sufficiently exercised, it can be rather disobedient. In that case, you must provide him a spacious courtyard. This dog breed prefers warm climates.
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