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American Bully Breed Standard

American Bullies are wide chested, heavy boned, well muscled, large wedge headed dogs that are temperamentally sound, they range in size from small to large all possessing great strength, and confidence. The expression should reflect intelligence and alertness. The sturdy and powerful yet compact frame is characteristically stockier and heavier boned in the males and more refined in the females. American Bullies were created to be wonderful pets and as such have easy going, friendly temperaments, they show no human or dog aggression. However, American Bullies should not be excessively timid or shy. Due to their distinctive physical and mental characteristics along with their natural desire to be the total companion, American Bullies should never be confused with uniquely different breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier or the American Pit Bull Terrier. American Bullies have a more compact, shorter, bulkier, heavy muscled appearance with a laid back demeanor.

Size:
Pocket – Males under 17 inches, Females under 16 inches
Standard – Males 17 – 20 inches, Females 16 – 19 inches
XL – Males 20 – 23 inches, Females 19 – 22 inches
Weight should be proportional to height and body type. A dog should be well conditioned and not overweight or underweight. Excessively thin or fat dogs should be faulted heavily.
Color: Solid or varying degrees of white, black, grey, brown, red, tan, all shades of brindle are acceptable. Merle and Albino are disqualifying colors. **Merle is a dilution of overall body color (black or red) with splotches of darker color giving the effect of merling or marbling, not to be confused with brindle that gives the effect of striping. Albino is white with pink/red eyes.

Coat: Short and stiff. Long, feathering, or fuzzy coats are a cause for disqualification.

Head: The head should be very impressive, relatively large and broad in proportion to the size and overall structure of the dog. It should be flat on top, wide between the ears tapering to the muzzle giving it a wedge shape. There is a distinct, deep stop. The head is well-muscled throughout with particulary well muscled, prominent cheeks. An excessively narrow head or shallow/snipey muzzle is a serious fault. Ears should be set high on the head and can be either cropped or natural.

Eyes: The eyes should be round or almond shape, medium sized, wide set, and deep in the skull. Black or dark brown is the preferred color. Lack of pigment around the eyes is a serious fault. Crossed, non-symmetrical, blue, cracked or pink/red eyes are disqualifying faults. Bulging or wandering eyes are serious faults.

Muzzle & Jaw: The muzzle should be relatively broad and deep. The length of the muzzle should be between a quarter and a third the length of the entire head. The large jaws are well-muscled, displaying great strength. Lips are full but not pendulous. Pigment lining the lips is preferred. An excessively narrow or shallow muzzle are serious faults. The jaw should be parallel to the top of the muzzle, an upturned jaw is a serious fault.

Teeth: The teeth should number 42 to 44 and large in size. Upper teeth should be outside lower teeth, scissor bite, undershot or overshot bites are faults, bites more than a ¼ inch out are serious faults and teeth showing when the mouth is closed is a cause for disqualification.

Nose: Nares should be wide open without flaring, all colours acceptable other than pink which is a serious fault.

Neck: The neck should be very muscular and medium/short in length. The neck should taper from shoulder to head and be slightly arched. A long neck, a thin neck or a neck without muscle is a serious fault.

Chest: The chest should be deep and moderately wide giving the appearance of power and athletic ability. The front, overall, should be straight and well balanced. The chest should not be narrow or excessively wide nor should the elbows be angled out or pulled in.

Body: The body should be compact and moderately short while powerful and athletic in appearance. Well balanced. There should be a good spring of ribs with the loin moderately tucked. The body should not be excessively long for the height, more square in appearance is preferred.

Back: The back should be broad and moderately short in length showing great strength. Topline should be level or slightly sloping toward pelvis. The back should not be narrow or swayed.
Shoulders: The shoulders should be well-muscled with good definition and wide sloping blades giving the appearance of great strength. The humerus should be at a 30 degree angle from level ground. It should not be straight up and down, nor should it be too short, length should be equal to the scapula.

Legs: The legs should be strong and straight with moderate to heavy bone. Well-muscled front and back. The shoulders rear legs should be moderately angulated and parallel. There should not be an excess of or lack of angulation in the rear legs. Excessively bow-legged or cow hocked are serious faults.

Hindquarters: The hindquarters should be thick with well-defined muscles. Not as wide as shoulders, but well-balanced. The hips should not be narrow or lacking in muscle definition.

Feet: The feet should be of moderate size with toes well arched and close together. The feet should not be splayed. The front feet may turn out slightly but no more than 30 degrees.

Gait: American Bullies should move easily with power. All legs move parallel to direction of travel, with front legs clearly reaching and the rear legs propelling the dog forward. The legs should not travel excessively wide. Front legs and/or rear legs crossing is unacceptable. Topline should remain level while the dog is in motion.
Tail: The tail is set low, thick at base and tapering to a point. The tail should reach the hocks in a relaxed position. Docked tails are considered a fault. The tail should not end in a complete circle, that is a disqualifying fault.

*Note: Males without two testicles, dogs that are deaf, and dogs that have been spayed or neutered are not allowed to compete in the conformation ring. Females in estrus are not to be shown in the conformation classes and are not allowed in the proximity thereof.

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