American Bully Breed Dogs

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American Bully Breed Dogs

The American Bully breed is one of the most confused breeds.  They are often mistaken as a very aggressive breed of dog.  However, having one of the smallest American Bully Breed Dogs, the Pocket Bully, I can attest that this mistake is undeserved.  I’ve had quite a few different breeds of dogs in my life growing up, but Atlas, my Pocket Bully, is one of the best dogs I’ve ever had in my life.

Before Atlas, I didn’t know much about the Bully breeds except what mainstream media would lead people to believe. It wasn’t until buying one into our family that I started to dig deeper into the breed to learn their characteristics.

American Bullies are often mistaken as a Pit Bull or even a Staffordshire as one gentleman did the other day while I was in a store. But this isn’t accurate. So, let’s dive into more details about these dogs and why people often mistake them as Pits or Staffords.

Where Do They Stem From Genetically?

There is a lot of controversy on where the American Bulldog comes from. According to many sites today, the American Bully stems from the Pit Bull breeds along with the Staffordshire breeds. However, over time, the dog has been bred to remove the aggression from their temperaments in order to create a very loving, family oriented dog.

According to AKC – the American Bulldogs stem from the English Bulldogs that were brought over to America in the 1800s and were often referred to as Bulldogs because of the work they did for the owners.

Having an American Bully now, it’s easy for people to often confuse them for a Pit Bull or the Staffordshire at first glance because of their stature. But, I’ve actually had both breeds of dogs and I can honestly say that the American Bully is nothing like a Pit Bull or a Staffordshire. So what are the differences that I’ve noticed?

Pit Bulls and Staffordshires Demeanor

The Pit Bull Terrier that I had, Caine, while living in Hawaii was a very hyper dog, requiring extensive amounts of exercise and running. He often needed a large yard to run in and if he was confined to the house for longer than a couple of hours, he would become agitated and start acting out. He was also more defensive in nature and very untrusting of anyone that we didn’t know, especially the Mail-Man. More difficult to train, I put him in classes to help me with training him the basic commands of Sit, Stay, Down, Come and Speak.

The Staffordshire that I had was also extremely hyper and needed to run often. She was different in demeanor versus Caine in that her hyperness wasn’t defensive, simply explosions of energy. Sarah would often explode into a fast run around the very small condo (only 600 sq ft) and would run circles around the place for hours after I was off work. While I took her for daily walks, it wasn’t enough for her athletic energy.

When Sarah would be at her worst, meaning, too much energy not expunged, while running circles around the condo she would pee while running. After this happened a second time, I paid a visit to the vet to see if something was physically wrong with her. The Vet checked her out and had stated that she was in good health and that I should read up about the breed because they required extensive amounts of exercise and running.

Later, I did thorough searching on the internet as well as books and found that Staffords do require a great amount of daily exercise, similar to Labs.  Because my job required that I work very long hours, even taking her out before work, during lunch and after work, it was not enough to appease her need to run. Sarah went to a dear friend that had a very large property, 15 acres, and ran her heart out after I realized my work life and my small condo could not accommodate the needs of the Staffordshire Terrier.

The American Bully Demeanor

After Sarah, I had vowed to never get another dog that needed a large property to run unless I had the space, or I would need to stick with dogs that were of a lazier nature, or small enough that they had the space to run regardless of the size of my place.

Years later, I found Atlas. She is a Pocket American Bulldog and is the most lovable dog, as well as quite lazy. This breed, because of their short body style and very large muscular build, they are not a dog to run with. Atlas can sprint extremely short distances, but tires easily.

Even taking her for walks, I can only make it .5 miles before she is ready to lay down and take a nap. As a dog owner, I’m unaccustomed to having a dog that doesn’t need to walk longer distances than .5 miles before being tired. I have always had dogs that required lots of walking and even Annie, who was a Great Dane, Mastiff and Boxer mix, ran with me daily to get her exercise (she recently passed due to old age and lived a great life of 14 years.)

The American Bulldogs, in demeanor, are more closely related to the English Bulldog is overall stamina. The Pit Bull’s and Staffords are more hyper by nature, but the American Bully, especially the Pockets, are very docile, very lazy and do not require a lot of exercise.

In fact – as I write this article, she’s snoring beside me after sleeping all night long.

Caring for the American Bully Breed Dogs

Not requiring very long walks or runs, like many of the dogs I’ve had in the past, they are very easy to care for. They love food – all food – and are easily trained with treats. They are extremely smart dogs and will often exhibit very human-like emotions.  Meaning, they need lots of attention and love as well as constant verbal praise.  This dog is also the only dog I’ve ever had that actually watches TV.   In the middle of giving her love will turn away from me to see what’s on the TV that’s grabbing her attention.

She also can be vindictive at times when she’s left alone too long or feels neglected. Only in this regard do they require extra attention and some people may find they can be a difficult breed because they need that attention. However, because I know when Atlas is upset, I avoid the situations that had made her upset in the past – leaving her alone for long periods while running errands. Now, I just take her along with me and she’s fine with that.

Final Thoughts on the American Bully Breed Dogs

The American Bully breed dogs are one of the best dogs I’ve had the pleasure of raising. Her smart, loving nature is admirable and there is never a dull moment having her in my life. She watches over the entire family – watching over the kids as they play in the street to ensure they are safe and okay.

In times of uncertainty, camping in Alaska, if she senses danger, she will sleep by the door.   This is to make sure the family is okay in the event someone tries to get into the RV.

Walking her around stores, she is happy and engaging with everyone we say “Hi” to, and will often look them in the eye first and sniff their feet after. All dogs I’ve ever had sniff first and don’t bother looking people in their eyes. This is definitely not a trait I’ve ever seen in a dog.

Constant cuddles are a daily thing and sporadic, forced affection when she’s needing extra attention. These dogs are very communicative with their owners.   They will make every attempt to let you know exactly what they need.  Often, when hungry, she will push her bowl to my feet to let me know she wants to be fed. If she wants that love, she will jump up on the couch and rub her nose in my face and lay right on my chest to tell me she wants to be pet.

The Pocket Bully shouldn’t be confused with being a small dog either, they are short in stature, but extremely heavy for their size because of their muscle mass. Laying on my chest is very painful, so attention is definitely given!

6 thoughts on “American Bully Breed Dogs

  1. It is sad that Bully breeds have such a bad reputation when in fact they are the most wonderful dogs, and I love them. During my years in animal rescue I came across many Bullie mixes, and they were all so sweet and loving, just so happy to be rescued and safe. All they want is love and be loved. I now have a Bullie breed and many people tell me that he seems to be a Pit Bull. I don’t know exactly if he is, but he was dumped on the street when he was just 6 weeks old. After a kind person brought him to my house I soon discovered that that puppy (I called him Tommeeh) was suffering from extreme anxiety attacks. When that happened he would foam at the mouth, run around aimlessly, hit his head against the wall over and over, it was heartbreaking to see. I could not give him up for adoption with that issue, so I decided to keep him. With lots of love and attention and taking him everywhere, thus getting him used to unfamiliar surroundings since he was small, he got over his anxiety and he has no more attacks, except for some light twitching in the mornings once in a while, just before he wakes up. Tommeeh is a wonderful boy, very sweet and really smart, he loves to play and cuddle, and he is friends with everybody. I think that his previous owner may have dumped him because of the anxiety issues, and I always say how lucky we both are that we ended up together. I love him to pieces. He is now 3 years old, big and stocky, pure muscle. My cat Loki also loves him very much. I have other dogs whom he loves as well, but he has a special bond with Tommeeh.

    1. Christine,

      That is so sad! I’m glad that you rescued him and he’s in a happy home! I hate seeing animals dumped and discarded like nothing more than trash. Always makes me teary eyed and my heart breaks. I’ve rescued a lot of animals over the years as well, but Atlas is the first dog I’ve ever bought as a pure breed. I’m very happy with the choice since she’s like one of my children now, I even call my daughters her “sisters” and I say “Give Sissy kisses,” she jumps up and licks their faces to death!
      For your dog that shakes, I had a dog that used to do that and after some searching, I found an article from a Vet that had said sometimes dogs can be Hyperglycemic like humans, and to give them a little bit of honey in their food. My dog that I did that with only needed a tablespoon of honey drizzled over their food for a few days and she stopped shaking after that. It was weird. Before I gave her honey, the shakes would get so bad that she had a seizure, and after the honey, she hasn’t had another one in 6 years.
      Food for thought.

      Glad you liked my article!! Thanks so much for reading it!

      Katrina

  2. AAAAH I love these dogs, me and my girl always wanted to get one, she’d want a golden or a labrador while I’d choose a pitbull. She’s not very happy with that choice, like many people she thinks they’re just as aggresive as the news portrays them to be. So poorly misunderstood these types. Might need to get myself an American Bully then 😀

    1. Hi Kevin,
      Yes, it is a common misconception that Pits are aggressive as well, but they’re the opposite. Pit Bulls naturally love people, but the mainstream media has portrayed them as aggressive to people. Pits were created as fighting dogs amongst dogs, not humans. Some pits can be aggressive towards other dogs, but most aren’t, especially females. Males can be aggressive to other male dogs, but it depends on whether they’re appropriately socialized as pups.
      The American Bully is a Bulldog breed, but many theories is that they stem from Pits and Staffords. I’m still conducting extensive research into the breed to find where they really come from so that I can write an article and quote historical references. But I’m not quite done yet.
      From their temperament, as I mentioned, they are very lazy dogs, especially the Pocket version that I have. The pockets are good for people that don’t have a lot of space, or time to walk their dogs for long periods of time. For example, I videoed Atlas walking with her new Weight Vest on, and she was only able to make it .2 miles before she stopped, looked at me and sat down on the road. She let me know she was done for the day and now she’s been napping since.
      They’re also very small dogs in overall size, usually about 12-16 inches tall from head to floor; however, they are extremely heavy for their short stature because of their natural muscular mass.
      Very easy to take care of, extremely smart and very loyal companions. Atlas is a female, loves all people, especially kids, and dogs.
      Definitely one of the best dogs I’ve ever had.

      Glad you enjoyed this article! Thanks for reading!

      Katrina

  3. My next dog is going to be an American Bully, no doubt. At first, I thought it is a breed of PitBull or Staffordshire as well. But once you get closer to the dog, you see a big difference between them. My cousin has Staffordshire and we used to have a PitBull long time ago, so I can tell the difference. I like their nature and I know Bully is going to be a great dog. I mean, it has to be, the dude looks like he’s smiling all the time LOL. Thanks for sharing this post.

    1. Ivan,

      I’ve had both Staffords and Pits before and I can honestly say that the Pocket Bully, which we have is hands down, the best dog I’ve ever had. They have so many emotions, they’re so happy all the time, so lovable. The emotions that they show is crazy! She acts so human sometimes! Definitely a great dog, and I don’t regret buying her at all.

      Thanks for reading this article!

      Katrina

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