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Everything You Need To Know About The American Bully Dog

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The American bully is such an exquisite and amazing dog. They are big, strong, energetic, and yet a very gentle breed. You only need to peek at our American bully puppies for sale page to know exactly what we are talking about. 

But why are people loving this dog so much?

A little history

American bully dogs are born and bred in the USA. the first bully puppy was born in Virginia, California as a cross between the American shire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. By merging these two dogs, American bully breeders were trying to create a unique version of the pit bull that was friendly, loyal, energetic, sociable, and many other desirable qualities. 


Structure and personality of the American Bully dog


The standard American bully dog measures 18 to 21 inches from the shoulder and weighs between 70 to 120 pounds. Bear in mind that this breed comes in three other sizes namely pocket, American bully Xl, and Classic American bully. The American bully Xl can weigh up to 150lbs. 

Below is a video of Shadow, one of Manmade Kennel’s prized American bully dogs.

The pocket American bully is the smallest of this breed measuring 14 to 17 inches from the shoulder and weighing up to 22lbs. The pocket American bully may sometimes be referred to as the Micro, mini, or Micro mini American bully. 

Physical appearance

American bully dogs have a short, glossy, and smooth coat (the coat can feel slightly stiff in some bullies). Their coats come in different shades such as black, red, blue, brindle, fawn, and chocolate. At Manmade Kennels, we also have red nose pitbull puppies, blue nose pitbull puppies, and tri color American bully puppies for sale.  

The American bully dog has a larger head than the standard pitbull dog. Also, the head is broad, square, and proportional to the body. These bully dogs also have large jaws with a biting force of 300 psi. Suffice to say American bullies can make great guard dogs with the right training. 

The legs are shorter compared to the normal pitbull with an exception of the classic American bully. American bully XL dogs have wider bodies with thick defined muscles. 


Despite the notion that pit bull breeds are aggressive, we at Manmade Kennels like to refer to our American bully dogs as ‘giant teddy bears’. We strongly believe that any dog not raised right is bound to show aggression in later years. 

“There is no such thing as a bad dog, Just a bad owner”

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American bullies are sweet-natured and very trustworthy dogs. They love to show affection and are suckers for cuddles and companionship. This particular breed is very intelligent and brave, and we can attest to the fact that American Bullies are very protective of those they love. 

If you want a mild-mannered dog that is great with children, get yourself an American bully dog. These dogs are their happiest when out playing with kids in the swimming pool or out in the field chasing a giant red ball!


American bully dogs are very intelligent breeds. They are eager to please their masters which makes them quick learners. Start training your American bully xl dog when they are puppies. It allows you to establish dominance early which is necessary if the dog is to respect you when it grows up. 

Start by training simple commands and graduate to more complex ones. Remember this is an intelligent dog, so they always love a challenge. Also, reward-based training is the best way to train an American bully puppy.

At Manmade Kennels, we always train our dogs with a tasty treat to help them learn faster. Our favorite go-to treat is the Bullyade 4-in-1 Soft chews with an amazing chicken flavor. These soft chews act as a training treat and a healthy snack for dogs of all ages. It is loaded with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics which help keep a puppy healthy. 

Find out more about Bullyade 4-in-1 Soft Chews by clicking the image below. 


We must warn you, the American bully is quite energetic and can be a handful if you do not lead an active lifestyle. They are very athletic dogs that require plenty of exercise to release pent-up energy and remain well-behaved. 

Fortunately, they do not demand much in terms of activity. Daily brisk walks with their favorite human are enough to keep an American bully Xl puppy happy. Once in a while, you can engage them on heavier workouts to tone their bodies and prevent them from developing destructive behavior. 

If you cannot keep up with the energy demands of an American bully, we suggest getting something manageable like a pocket pitbull or the Old English Bulldog. A smaller bully breed would be perfect for an apartment lifestyle too. 


Given their active lifestyle, American bully dogs require a high-quality diet enriched with proteins, vitamins, and minerals. We recommend a raw homemade diet filled with meaty bones, organ meat, veggies, and fruits. It can be tricky getting this diet right at first especially as a first-time dog owner or American bully breeder. 

Best food for American bully puppies

Fortunately, this homemade raw diet for dogs ebook by Bullyade will get you started in the right direction. It is filled with easy-to-prepare recipes that pack a lot of nutrients for your dog. You could use the ebook as a template for building up your own secret American bully recipes. Also, the ebook lists the healthy human foods your dog can eat vs those that are dangerous to eat. 

5 Quick Facts About American Bully Dogs

1. They are not pit bulls per se

The term pit bull is a general term referring to all those dogs belonging to the bully breeds. Moreover, a lot of people use the term Pitbull to refer to the standard pitbull. The American bully is a mix of two distinct breeds, the Staffordshire Pitbull terrier and the American Pitbull terrier. 

2. They are not recognized by AKC

The American Kennel Club is yet to register the American Bully as a standard breed. Nonetheless, the breed is recognized as an American bully by the American Bully Kennel Club and the Staffordshire Pitbull Terrier by the United Kennel Club. 

3. You will spend a good buck for an American bully

Yep, American bully puppies for sale don’t come cheap. A standard American bully puppy can cost between $2000 to $7000. If you are going for a specialty dog like one bred to compete at shows or from a famous bloodline, like the White Rhino, expect to spend as much as $250,000.

These dogs are becoming popular for their big heads, broad muscular bodies, and yet gentle playful souls. The list of American bully fans is growing as was seen in the 2021 ABKC NATIONALS in Dallas Texas.

4. American bully dogs live for long!

The lifespan of an American bully is 10 to 13 years. Put your bully dog on a good diet and they might just outlive themselves. Also, do watch out for those common pitbull problems that also affect American bully dogs as they age.

5. American bully dogs are great family dogs

You heard that right. American bully dogs make the best family dogs on earth, period! They are not aggressive and are very loyal to their owners. Bully dogs are great with kids, are easy to train, and thrive around people. Moreover, because of their short coats, American bullies are quite easy to groom. Add vitamin and minerals supplements into their diet to keep their coats smooth and glossy at all times. 

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