History Of The American Bully Breed


A Brief History

The American Bully breed has been developed primarily since the early 1990’s, from crossbreeding and selective breeding of the American Staffordshire Terrier, and other Bull and Terrier breeds. However, there have been Bully type dogs in existence for over 100 years.

Vintage Bully Type Dog

Vintage Bully Type Dog. Source: Web

Due to inconsistencies in records during the early development of the breed, the history of the American Bully may be impossible to confidently document with 100% accuracy.

A Mixed Recipe

Some American Bully lines have been heavily infused with Bulldog genetics, while others remain more on the Terrier end of the spectrum. Some lines are likely purer descendants of early American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier crosses. Other lines have been more recently infused with various other Bulldog, and/or possibly Mastiff breeds. In the American Bully breed, these infusions of other dog breeds have been widely undocumented, and the exact recipe for most lines is unknown. This variation in genotype, coupled with varying breed standards, has created several American Bully subtypes, such as Pocket, Classic, XL varieties, spin-off breeds, such as Exotic Bully, and a lot of inconsistency within the American Bully breed as a whole.

Official Recognition

The American Bully breed has gained official recognition with registries such as the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC), the United Kennel Club (UKC), and the American Dog Breeder’s Association (ADBA).

ADBA American Bully History

The American Bully was developed in the mid 1990’s by breeders on both the East and West coasts of the United States. They used, as their foundation stock, United Kennel Club (UKC) and American Dog Breeders (ADBA) registered American Pit Bull Terriers mated with American Kennel Club (AKC) registered American Staffordshire Terriers; different varieties of the same breed based on bloodline history. These dogs were first known as “bully type” American Pit Bull Terriers. For the past 25 years, these dogs have been bred, bloodlines refined, and promoted across the U.S and overseas. The breeders of these dogs have developed this breed for a specific build and temperament so unique that they have been recognized as a breed separate from the American Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs were first registered as the American Bully with their own kennel club in 2004. Recent speculation that the breed was influenced by the blending of other bull breeds into their gene pool prompted the UKC to recognize the American Bully as a separate breed on July 15, 2013. Beginning in March 2015, dogs exhibiting these physical characteristics unique to the American Bully breed, or being bred from brood stock that consistently produce dogs with these unique physical characteristics, are being registered with the American Dog Breeders Association Inc. as the American Bully.

UKC American Bully History

The American Bully breed developed as a natural extension of the American Pit Bull Terrier. The APBT has maintained a characteristic appearance and temperament for over 100 years. As with any long-standing breed, several types evolved from the parent breed, with one in particular taking on a specific build and structure that is so unique it was wise to recognize it as a different breed altogether. That being the American Bully breed.

The American Bully breed was subtly influenced by the infusion of several other breeds, which include the American Bulldog, English Bulldog, and Olde English Bulldogge.

The American Bully breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club on July 15, 2013.

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