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American Bully Standard- Reference American Bully Kennel Club WWW.ABKCDOGS.COM


General Impression-

The American Bully should give the impression of great strength for its size.Compact to medium/large size dog with a muscular body and blocky head. Powerful in its movement and should display effortless movement at the same time. Keenly alive ,and alert to its surroundings. The American Bully should have the appearance of heavy bone structure with a bully build and look.


Head- Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop, and high set ears.


Ears -Natural or cropped.

Eyes- All colors except albinism. Eye shape would be round to oval, Low down, in skull and set far apart.

Muzzle-Short-Medium rounded on upper side or slightly squared to fall away abruptly below eyes. Jaws well defined. Under jaw to be strong, and have biting power. Lips semi close and even, some looseness accepted (more so with the xl) But not preferred. Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front or scissor bite accepted. Nose all colors accepted



Heavy Slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back of skull.(Some looseness of skin accepted with the XL size) Compact to medium size should have minimal or no loose skin.



Strong and muscular blades wide



Fairly short, to medium back. Slight sloping from withers to rump or straight accepted with gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. (Slightly higher rears accepted in the XL size) But not desired in the compact to medium size.



Well sprung ribs, deep in rear and all ribs close together. Forelegs set Rather wide apart to permit chest development. Chest should be deep and broad.



Short to medium in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point.(curled docked and or twisted tails are disqualification in the show ring and are considered a serious fault) Kinks and knots and also faults are accepted but not preferred in the show ring.



Front legs- Straight front let legs, Large or round bones ,pastern upright are preferred . A slight turning outwards of the feet is accepted as long as feet don’t measure a 45 degree. ( No resemblance of bend in front) Feet- Should be of moderate size, well arched and compact.


Hindquarters-well muscled, let down at hocks turning neither in nor out (slight turns accepted in the XL)


Gait should be effortless and powerful. The action must however be unrestrained, free and vigorous with powerful drive off the rear. Some paddling and lumber accepted in XL, But not preferred in compact to medium size.



Short close, stiff to the touch, and glossy



All colors and patterns are permissible except the color merle



Height and weight should be in proportion. The compact size (“pocket bully”) height should be 17” and under. Medium size (“standard American bully”) and should measure between 17” to 20”. The XL bully size (“XL BULLY”) Should measure 20” to 24”. Measurements must be measured at the withers not at the shoulders. There is no particular weight for the breed. Dog should healthy and should not reach the point where it is considered obese.



Faults to be penalized are, kinked , twisted or knotted tails, pink eyes, and any form of albinism, tail too long or curled, undershot or overshot mouths, severe turned fronts, and aggressive behavior towards animals and humans.

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