The American Bully is a recently formed companion dog breed, originally recognized in 2004 by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) and followed by the European Bully Kennel Club (EBKC) in 2008. It has been recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) since July 15, 2013.

The American Bully, as it is now known, began development in the 1980s with the majority of the final behavioral and aesthetic product being completed in the 1990s.There is consensus that at least five other breeds were used to attain the more "bully" physical traits desired as well as the more diminutive size of some lines.

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) was the foundation (parent breed) used to create the American Bully. The APBT has maintained a characteristic appearance and temperament for over a century.

Within that span of time different strains of APBT emerged within the breed, each with different physical attributes. One particular APBT strain developed a specific, stockier, physique that warranted recognition as a different breed altogether.The bloodline of this APBT strain was then influenced with the introduction of American Bulldog, English Bulldog, and Olde English Bulldogge in order to fine-tune desired physical characteristics and personality traits.

The breed was first recognized by its breed club, the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC), in 2004. This registry first acted as a means to document pedigrees and show the breed against its written standard. According to the ABKC the initial desire for this breed was to produce a dog with a lower prey drive and more of the "bully" traits and characteristics than the American Staffordshire Terrier. Mass and heavy bone was prioritized to ensure such a look, and due to this many of the dogs shown today display the wide front for which they were originally bred.



The American Bully breed can be recognized by its characteristic powerful, dense physique.

Volumetric musculature is mandatory. Smooth-haired, rather densely planted, wide, powerful and compact.

Head is quite large in proportion to the size, but not so large as to exceed the others, to break the overall symmetry, or make the dog seem deformed, or interfere with its movements.

Muzzle is of medium length or short, the muzzle is wide.

Dogs with respiratory disorders are highly undesirable.

Body is quite short, well-built, the limbs are strong, muscular and in good condition, without a tendency to obesity.

This is a smooth-haired dog that has great musculature for its size.

Kind and loyal temperament.

Disqualification: Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchidism.


The ratio of length to height shall make his build appear as square as possible.

MICRO EXOTIC height up to 33 сm

POCKET/EXOTIC height up to 40 сm

STANDART / CLASSIK / EXSTREME height from 40 to 48 cm

XL height up to 48 cm


Fearless and devoted. Calm and cheerful .Highly intelligent and affectionate especially with children.



Skull: Round rather , altogether  heavy, high domed with pronounced forehead. The back of the head is well defined.

Stop: Clearly defined.


Nose:  The nose lobe is not large.Well opened nostrils.

Muzzle: Voluminous, short and straight, not bent up, well filled under the eyes. The bridge of the nose is straight.

Lips are plump, do not fit tightly to the jaws.

Jaws/Teeth: The lack of two of the PM1, PM2 or PM3, or a combination of two of these teeth is tolerated.

The cheek muscles are pronounced and wrinkle-free.

EYES: Dark, oval shaped, deep set

EARS: Set high, evenly spaced, turned forward. Pricked ears should be small, evenly erect and held as vertically as possible.


Moderate in length, thick, deep and strong. Well-arched at back.


Body with a good wide, deep chest, and well-curved ribs. The chest may be wider than the depth, but not exaggerated. The chest does not extend forward far beyond the point of the shoulder. The back is broad, strong and firm. The top line is straight. The croup is inclined slightly down to the base of the tail. The loin is wide and short.

Topline exotic/extreme:

Slight fall to back close behind shoulders (lowest part) whence spine should rise to loins (top higher than top of shoulder), curving again more suddenly to tail, forming slight arch - a distinctive characteristic of breed.

Back: Short, strong, broad at shoulders.

Chest: Wide, prominent, and deep. Body well-ribbed up behind. Brisket, round and deep. Well let down between forelegs. Ribs not flat-sided, but well-rounded.

Underline and belly:

Belly tucked up and not pendulous.


Planted low, protrudes quite straight, and then turns down. Round, smooth and devoid of fringe or coarse hair. Medium length - rather short than long, thick at the root, quickly tapering to a thin end. The absence of a tail, inverted or very tight tails is acceptable.


Shoulder: Broad, sloping, and deep, very powerful and muscular. Elbow: Elbows low and standing well away from ribs. Forearm: Forelegs very stout and strong, well-developed, set wide apart, thick, muscular, and straight, bones of legs large and straight, not bandy nor curved. Metacarpus (Pastern): Short, straight, and strong. Forefeet: Straight and turning very slightly outward; of medium size and moderately round. Toes compact and thick, well split up, making knuckles prominent and high.


General appearance: The legs are large and muscular, proportionally slightly longer than the front ones for the extreme and exotic types. The legs are long and muscular from the loin to the hocks. Metatarsal (posterior pastern): The hocks are slightly bent, well lowered. Hind legs: Rounded and compact. The fingers are compact and thick, well forked, which makes the knuckles protruding and high.


Appearing to walk with short, quick steps on tips of toes, hind feet not lifted high, appearing to skim ground, running with one or other shoulder rather advanced. Soundness of movement of the utmost importance.


Hair: short, close and smooth (hard only from shortness and closeness, not wiry.

Color: all colors


Aggressive or overly shy.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.