History of the XL American Bully
Updated: Feb 12
The American Bully is considered a newly created companion dog breed originating from the United States using a foundation of American Pitbull Terriers (APBT), American Staffordshire Terriers (Amstaffs) and various Bulldog-type breeds. The breed is still in its infancy but there are plenty of astounding American bully puppies from world-class lines right here in Australia.
The origin of modern dogs commences thousands of years ago when humans first domesticated an ancient relative of the wolves of today. Man has carried out purposeful, selective cross-breeding since then, creating dogs to specialise in herding, hunting and guarding and companionship.
The full history of the American Bully goes back a couple of hundreds of years when terriers and bulldogs and terriers were used for sport. After the majority of these cruel sports have died out, the remaining dogs were bred together creating the first bull terriers Over time, these dogs became a more diverse group which included many of the types of bully breeds we know today, such as the Amstaff, Pitbull, Bullterrier, bulldog etc. While some dog breeds have been around for hundreds of years, the American Bully is a new breed, having just been developed during the 1980s and 1990s.
The American Bully breed was created with the foundation of an American pit bull terrier and American Staffordshire terrier. American Bullies also have an influence from other dog breeds including the American bulldog, English bulldog, and Olde English Bulldogge. Unlike the American pit bull terrier, American Bullies are much bulkier and muscular. The intended outcome of creating the American bully was to produce the ultimate companion dog. The positive characteristics of its ancestors, such as loyalty and stability, were maintained while traits of aggression towards both humans and other dogs have been bred out. The breed was first Recognized in 2004 by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) and subsequently recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) since July 15, 2013.
American Bully Varieties
Four varieties of American Bully are accepted by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) as an American Bully breed standard. The varieties are separated by height and weight. However, all variations must follow the same standard with minor alterations.
1. Pocket American Bully
The "pocket" type 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 (40 cm), but no less than 13 inches (33 cm), at the withers.
2. Standard American Bully
The standard American Bully type is a medium-sized dog with a compact bulky muscular body, heavy bone structure and blocky head. Male dogs must be 17 to 20 in (43 to 51 cm), while females must be 16 to 19 in (41 to 48 cm).
3. Classic American Bully
The classic is a lighter-framed 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. Classic bullies are not really bred Australia
XL American Bully
The XL type is determined by its adult height, with males between 21 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.
Outside the breed standard, several American Bully variations have been bred. These unofficial breeds do not adhere to standards. Smaller dogs than the pocket size are commonly known as Micro Bully and Mini Micro American Bully. The taller and larger than the XL size are commonly known as Extreme Bully and XXL American Bully. The Kennel Club does not recognize any of these breeds as legitimate varieties. They do not fulfil the breed standards. Therefore, they are not allowed in dog competition shows.
A well-bred XL American bully is truly the perfect family companion?