Founded in the United States between 1980 and 1990, the American Bully was produced using a foundation of American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers bred to several bulldog-type breeds. It was created with the purpose of being a family companion dog.
While some of the founding kennels, namely Razor’s Edge owner Dave Wilson, affirmed that they used only the two first aforementioned breeds to produce the desired dogs, it is the consensus that at least five other breeds were used to attain the more “bully” physical traits desired. These are assumed to be the American Bulldog, English Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and French Bulldog.
According to ABKC the initial desire for this breed was to produce a dog with a lower drive and more of the “bully” traits than the American Staffordshire Terrier. Mass and heavy bone were prioritized to ensure such a look, and due to this many of the dogs shown today display the wide front for which they were originally bred. originally bred.
Within the ABKC and the UKC, the four varieties are separated by height without specification of weight. All these varieties are expected to follow the same standard with minor alterations.
All dogs are classified and shown as Standard until they reach a year of age, at which point they are separated into the varieties and shown against their own type.
BMBRanch is proud to breed in this class of American Bully. The XL class is determined by its adult height, with Males between 20 inches (51 cm) and 23 inches (57 cm) at the withers and females between 19 inches (48 cm) and 22 inches (54 cm) at the withers.
The standard American Bully type. Male dogs must be 17 to 20 in (43 to 51 cm) while females must be 16 to 19 in (41 to 48 cm) The dog should give the impression of great strength for its size. It is a compact and medium/large size dog with a muscular body and blocky head. It should have the appearance of heavy bone structure with a bulky build and look.
The classic is a lighter frame dog than the standard but falls within the same height range. These dogs do not display the exaggerated features often found in the other varieties, and arguably display clearer American Pit Bull Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier lineage.[
The “pocket” class is a smaller variant with full-grown males under 17 inches (43 cm) but no less than 14 inches (36 cm) at the withers and females under 16 inches (40cm) but no less than 13 inches (33 cm) at the withers.
Outside of the breed standard, dogs shorter or taller than the named variations have been bred. Smaller dogs are sometimes called “Micro” and larger ones are called “XXL”, but neither are recognized by the kennel clubs as legitimate varieties. BMBRanch will sometimes have dogs that will fall into the XXL AmBully range.