What is an american bully dog
The term “Bully” has been used to the point of exhaustion, without ever really being defined within the community in which it is thoroughly entrenched.
The term “Bully” in the dog world, has long been associated with bulldog breeds, the term was originally used to describe the large boned, heavy headed, “cobby” features, that are synonymous with the bulldog breeds.
The Bully word in the American Bully world, actually descends from the show ring of the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Pit Bull Terrier was divided up into two types of show dogs when discussed amongst show enthusiasts.
You had the terrier type, which described a more racy, refined , light boned APBT. The terrier type encompassed all of the traits of the terrier group. The dogs would appear to be agile, athletic, and their muscles were long and slender. The terrier type began to dominate the show ring due to a heavy emphasis on movement and overall structure. The ability to be seen and viewed as athletic pushed the terrier type ahead of the opposing type of APBT, the Bully.
The Bully type of American Pit Bull Terrier was very popular in the early 2000s. The large boned, tow headed, heavy muscled dogs became the rage and size was what was in. It was during this time that these dogs started to dominate in the show ring.
The domination of bloodlines such as Gaff, Sierra, and yes Razors Edge was seen in the show ring, but also in the eyes of the general public. The look of the body builder looking APBTs was appealing to the masses and the dogs began to develop a fan base outside of your common Pit Bull enthusiast.
The breed was changing and many argued that these “Bully” dogs were changing the breed as a whole. The crowd that was attracted to these type Pit Bulls were not the crowd that would save it from the scrutiny and stereotypes bestowed upon the breed by the media. At least not in the eyes of some of the more seasoned APBT breeders.
What is an american bully truths
The truth was the show community was small in comparison to the amount of individuals that fell in love with the bulldog features of the Bully type Pit Bull. The term that was just a type of a breed, suddenly became a negative connotation of the breed.
The days where a APBT being more on the Bully side, was just a description, was replaced as a negative aspect of the breed. The term came to mean, mixed, overdone, fat, sloppy and overall a poor example of the American Pit Bull Terrier. The community of individuals that loved the Bully Style, embraced the term Bully and made it their own.
The name American Bully was born and since the breed was accepted as simply a selectively bred American Pit Bull Terrier with a steady mixing of the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Bully was seen as a monstrosity of the true Pit Bull.
The internet battles that would follow would reach epic proportions and cause a very distinct, and real divide in the two communities. The American Bully would fight for years to be accepted as a breed, and during that time anything with the term Bully in it was alienated from certain APBT groups and functions.
However, even while the breed was being ostracized in these circles, the term bully was blowing up in it’s own world. The term “Bully” was being used to describe an entire community! You had magazines toting the name, energy drinks, clothing lines and everything else! If it had a Bully in it, people were buying it by the thousands. Kennels were switching from Pit Bull monikers, to Bully kennel this, and bully kennel that.
Now, the term Bully is readily accepted. The community has made history to the point of the American Bully itself being accepted in the hundred year old registry, the United Kennel Club. The very registry that was the home of the American Pit Bull Terrier! It has now accepted the term and the entire community it once shunned.
The home of the true American Bully, the American Bully Kennel Club, has steadily grown to the point of starting as a fledgling upstart company, to a full fledged legitimate business. The show ring has flourished and what started as simply a get together over weekends, has grown to a home for hundreds of champions and grand champions. The term Bully has now come to incorporate several new breeds, and older bully breeds that were without a home, have found a registry within the American Bully Kennel Club. From the newly developed Shortybull, to the often argued Olde English Bulldog, the term Bully has incorporated all and given their owners a name that they all can be proud of!