Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Bully
The American Bully is a cross-breed between the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier first developed in the 1990s to create a more stable family dog from these two controversial purebreeds. The reality is that both parent breeds are powerful dogs that should only be owned by responsible, committed dog owners, and the resulting mix is unlikely to be much different. Careless or irresponsible owners create a dangerous situation for families and neighborhoods and bad publicity for the breed. You should only own this dog if you are committed to properly socializing your pet. Before choosing the Bully, you will want to check your local laws and also your insurer to be certain you're allowed to keep this particular animal.
Although not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) or other large national dog registries, the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) is a breed-specific registry.
Appearance / health:
The American Bully has the athletic muscular build of the American Pit Bull, and the size and mass of the American Staffordshire Terrier. They are of a medium height and length and should have larger blocky shaped heads. Muzzles should be relatively short and blocky. The chest should be wide and deep, and shoulders should be set wide and have a muscular definition. The snow-white "white rhino" Bully is a particularly beautiful and eye-catching variety for the owner with deep pockets.
Behavior / temperament:
With a mixed breed, there is never any guarantee about the dog's personality. However, in the case of the American Bully, the two parent breeds are not terribly dissimilar. Indeed, many people call all them all "pit bulls." Expect a dog capable of deep loyalty to its family members which needs to be socialized properly to prevent them from chasing or attacking innocent pets or people. An abused Bully can represent a danger to your friends or even your family. If you lack the confidence and experience to handle a muscular dog, you should pass on this mix.
minimal grooming, personality, obedient dog, alert
extreme heat, short life span, clean freak
low maintenance, special needs children, heartmelting blue eyes, positive reinforcements
The most eager and fastest learning dog I've ever met!
My wife and I met little Sochi at the adorable age of 8 weeks and what an angel she was. Her heart-melting blue eyes peered up at me from her solid grey coat as she sat in the grass and leaned against the leg of the breeder. She’d obviously formed a bond with this guy over her short life span and I was about to remove her from the only home she’d ever known. What a tragedy for her young mind. But we knew what type of life she’d have with us. It’d be the happiest any dog could ask for. We pledged to give her all of the attention and love she deserved and knew in exchange we would receive the same; and more so than we ever expected.
We started crate training and obedience training immediately upon arriving home and we never looked back! This dog soaked up everything we threw at her. She was very attentive and interested. I’ve owned quite a few dogs in the past and can tell you there is no comparison in the speed at which Sochi learned the rules of the house and commands. She only had one accident during her entire potty training period and was sitting at the door to go out within what literally seemed like days! I’m not sure if it was just this dog or the breed but she was an all-star! Yes, there was that one accident (which was my fault for playing with her longer than her little bladder could handle) and she did whine and howl for a few nights while getting used to being alone in the crate. But we followed consistent and standard crate training and obedience lessons and she never struggled. It was honestly a breeze training this dog. I never sensed an ounce of stubbornness.
Beyond obedience, she is a very loving and gentle young dog now. We made sure to expose her to as many other people, dogs and weird environments as possible while she was young to insure she was calm and confident. She has no aggression towards any animals and is even great with little kids. I wish I could say a negative thing about this dog, but I am at a loss for words. I love Sochi to death and highly recommend this breed to anyone who can provide adequate attention and affection. If you research the needs of the American Bully, and deliver on your end, this dog will never let you down and will make a fine addition to your family.
Check out our videos of her below!
From dowc112 Oct 21 2014 7:15PM
50/50 on Effectiveness
Not only have I used this product for my own pets, but I see it leave the clinic I work in several times a day. My thoughts are always the same. How long will it be before that pet has a positive heartworm test at their routine annual exam?
Unfortunately, some products simply do not work well. Ivermectin, the main ingredient in Heartgard is simply a product that has become ineffective against heartworms. As fleas and ticks have become resistant over the years to specific products as do mosquitos.
I have noted on several occasions, but two very recently. One instance was dogs that shared the same pen both consistently on Heartgard Plus every 30 days year around. One dog was positive and the other was negative. Another instance, two female beagle littermates. Both on a very strict schedule of Heartgard as heartworm preventative. Both dogs were heartworm positive.
My dog became heartworm positive after being on Heartgard Plus and unfortunately many of the dogs that I will test at my clinic will be positive after being on Heartgard Plus every 30 days consistently year around. I do not recommend Heartgard anymore especially to those pets who spend a lot of time outside. .
From JMalone CVT 426 days ago
When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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