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American Bully for Sale: New Pet Bully Breed of 2004

There are several misconceptions and myths about the American Bully for sale. It is an official breed distinct from the American Pit Bull Terrier in appearance and temperament. It makes a great pet for the average family that is semi-active. American Bullies are compatible with other dogs and children. They can be small, medium, or large dogs depending on which variety you choose.

American Bully Standard

Despite its relatively recent arrival on the pet dog scene, the American Bully is an official registered breed through the UKC as of 2013. The breed originated in the US but is not yet recognized by the AKC. Therefore, the breed standard gets enforcement from the United Kennel Club, American Bully Kennel Club (2004), and European Bully Kennel Club (2008).


An American Bully’s head should be large and block-shaped with a deep, broad muzzle. The snout is a little less than a third of the skull’s overall length, and the cheekbones are high and prominent. You will notice wide-spaced, medium-sized eyes that can be oval or round. The eyes must match each other in color. Acceptable eye colors are brown, hazel, amber, green, or yellow, with blue being a fault. Cropped ears are permissible in the show ring, but there is no preference for them over natural ears. The ears are high-set with a preference for rose and semi-prick ears over an upright or flat carriage. Bat ears are not acceptable for the American Bully.


American Bullies have broad strong backs and a wide somewhat deep chest. They have a level topline and a slightly sloping croup. The forelegs are muscular with a slight bow. An American Bully has well-developed hindquarters with legs that are strong and visibly muscled.


The American Bully is one of the rare breeds whereby a pump handle tail is acceptable. It will be carried slightly higher than or level with the back even at rest. Often, there is a slight curve upward past the tail’s midpoint. American Bullies have a tail that is thick at the base and tapers to a point. If straight, it should reach the hocks.


An American Bully puppy for sale can be any color or pattern. The most common ones are similar to other Bully breeds.

  • Tricolor – black with tan points and white marking; black areas are black, blue, liver, or lilac depending on dilution genes
  • Black with tan points – can also be blue or liver with tan points depending on whether dilution gene is present
  • Blue American Bully is common – dilution of the color black; white markings are common
  • Liver – suppression of black; lilac or Isabella is diluted liver or chocolate; red nose family
  • Black
  • Solid white
  • Tan and white
  • Fawn – dilution gives you a blue fawn

American Bully Background

The American Bully originated from a strain of the American Pit Bull Terrier known for being stockier and having a larger head than the standard APBT. In fact, the branch had a broader physique than the American Staffordshire Terrier which had branched off from the Pit Bull much earlier. To produce dogs that preserved the broad and buff look of the bully strain of Pit Bull Terriers but had lower prey drive, founders crossed these Pit Bulls with Staffordshire Terriers. They began the process in the mid-1990s. As time progressed, other Bully breeds were added depending on what qualities the breeder wanted. They included the English Bulldog, American Bulldog, and Olde English Bulldogge. Crossbreeding still occurs as of 2020 as development and fine-tuning of the breed continues.

Size Varieties of American Bully for Sale

The ABKC recognizes four varieties of American Bully based on height. They are the Standard, Pocket, XL, and Classic American Bully. Other registries only recognize the Standard. A Micro American Bully and an XXL variety exist in some circles, but they are not official classification under any of the registries.

  • Pocket American Bully – 13 to 17 inches tall; 10 to 22 pounds
  • Classic American Bully – 16 to 20 inches tall
  • Extreme American Bully – 16 to 20 inches tall
  • XL American Bully – 19 to 23 inches tall
  • XXL American Bully – 23 inches or taller; 90 to 145 pounds
  • Micro American Bully – under 14 inches tall

You will see that the size varieties overlap, but that is to allow for gender differences. A female’s acceptable size range is an inch less than that of a male. There is not a strict weight standard for the breed if it achieves the desired structure. American Bully Puppies for sale are all classified as Standard until a year of age. The Extreme and the Classic both fall under the American Bully Standard. Differences are increased girth, bone, chest width, musculature, and substance in the Extreme. The Classic American Bully has a lighter frame and more streamlined appearance, but the breed standard is the same. A Classic American Bully still has much more girth than a Pit Bull Terrier or an American Staffordshire terrier.


The average lifespan of an American Bully is roughly 10 to 13 years. The XXL American Bully may live closer to eight to ten years while the Pocket American Bully can live as long as 15 years.

American Bully Care

Best Attempt for a Healthy Bully

Care is of course your top priority when it comes to looking for an American Bully for sale near me. American Bully litters available in your locale warrant a visit in person. Since the American Bully is not an AKC breed, you may not find standard tests you see with other dogs. However, look for certifications similar to what you expect from breeders of working dogs.

  • Hip PIN test or OFA evaluation
  • Elbow OFA certification
  • Eye exam
  • Cardiac assessment

When you acquire a rescue dog or one from the shelter, you will not have access to the same history or parent certification as you would from a litter of American Bully puppies for sale. You can get a little information from having your veterinarian run tests on the individual you bring home. You likely will not have any genetic data.

Care Routine

  • Grooming – once a week brushing to stimulate circulation and oil distribution to the skin; American Bullies have short rough fur that sheds moderately year-round
  • Trim nails every 4 to 8 weeks
  • Inspect ears every other day
  • Shampoo coat and clean ears every 6 to 12 weeks; more frequent baths required when dealing with allergic skin conditions
  • Feeding – high-quality animal proteins along with plant oils or animal fats; 22 to 32 calories per pound of body weight per day, smaller variety needs upper range
  • Exercise – 45 to 60 minutes per day; mix of physical exertion, training, and socialization

Bully Temperament

The American Bully has a stable and pleasant personality. It is similar to the Pit Bull but often more laid back, less intense, and with a diminished predatory drive. If well socialized, an American Bully is outgoing and stable, making easy friends with children and other dogs. The larger varieties warrant extra caution around smaller kids because of their size and power, but no dog should go unsupervised around children. American Bullies are affectionate, devoted, loyal, friendly, extroverted, and happy dogs.