Choosing any dog is difficult but when you have fallen in love with a Bully Pitbull you have to ask yourself whether the bully pit is really a family companion dog, after all, the muscular body, sharp teeth, and somewhat angry stare do suggest beast.
Fortunately, as is the case with most dogs, this is not an inherently vicious dog, its temperament is decided by the upbringing it has. The key to choosing a faithful and friendly bully dog is to use reputable Bully breeders, preferably ones that adopt the standard American Bully as per the breed standard set by the United Kennel Club.
The History Of The Bully Pitbull
This is a relatively recent dog, it was only approved and recognized by the UKC in July 2013! This dog breed has been split into four categories, pocket, standard, classic, and XL, the category depends on the size of the dog you wish to present.
The American Bully puppy is a cross between American Pitbull Terriers (APBT) and the American Staffordshire Terrier which were mixed with various bulldogs, including the English Bulldog to create the American Bully breed.
The original incentive behind this cross was to create a less prey-driven dog but still with the muscular traits of the bulldog. The result was a dog with a large chest and powerful muscles, it was first recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club of the United States in 2004
The Look Of The Dog
The various categories of this dog relate to the height and not the weight.
A standard American Bully love bundle is between 17-20 inches at the shoulder, while a pocket of under17 inches but more than 14 inches. The classic is the same height as the standard but it has a less muscular appearance, the XL is the largest officially recognized type of this breed and is between 20-23 inches tall. As there is no specified weight for each type the Bully can range from 66-88 pounds.
All versions of the American Bully Pitbull have short muscular legs, heavy bones, square heads, large chests, and impressive powerful jaws.
The coat is short and glossy, you can find this dog in almost any color combination, ranging from chocolate, black, brown and even white, you can even get blue nose and red nose versions.
Socialization when puppies is essential if you want to create a family dog, the Bully pitbull puppy needs to meet as many other puppies, dogs, and people as possible. Naturally, a loving home also helps to build the right characteristics in this breed of dog.
With the right upbringing, this is a loving family pet, it does have a protective steak and can be a fierce guard dog. However, on the positive side, its main aim is to make you happy, making it moderately easy to train, especially as it is an intelligent dog.
Make no mistake, this is a confident dog, it will take charge unless you do, that means creating rules and sticking to them regardless of how cute your dog appears, the Bully Pitbull needs a firm hand to ensure it recognizes its place. For this reason, it is not recommended as a good option for a first-time dog owner.
This breed of dog has no requirement for excessive amounts of exercise, a daily walk and some playtime with the right chew toy should be satisfactory to keep it happy.
Known Bully Pitbull Health Issues
Despite its confident attitude and muscular body, the Bully Pitbull does have several health issues that you should be aware of.
Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is the biggest of the health problems facing any Bully Pitbull. It is actually a common issue with many dog breeds, especially the larger ones. It describes when the hip joint becomes worn. This ensures that the thigh bone no longer connects into it properly. The same can occur with the elbow joint and its corresponding arm bone.
This makes it uncomfortable and painful. Although medications can ease the pain, the problem can get worse as your dog ages. This potentially results in lameness. Surgery is possible as a last resort if you and your vet feel it is a practical choice.
Mites cause skin infections, your dog’s skin will appear red and possibly become infected. The good news is that it is easy to treat. You simply need to be aware of it and alert for outbreaks.
Many dogs suffer from cataracts as they age. It’s a result of a shift in water balance or proteins in the lens. The result is cloudy vision that likely eventually results in blindness because the light can no longer reach the retina.
Surgery is possible to eliminate the cataracts, although the earlier the issue is spotted the better. That is why it’s advisable to have regular checkups with your vet.
Lysosomal Storage Disease
This is an inherited metabolic disease which is fortunately rare in Bully Pitbulls. But still a possibility, the condition can result in a variety of issues. These range from development issues to cardiac problems. An enzyme test is necessary and will clarify whether your dog has an issue.
Should You Choose The Bully Pitbull As Your Family Pet?
Yes! Naturally, it makes sense to choose one as a puppy from a registered breeder or one at a rescue center. This will allow you to verify its temperament before taking it home. Socialization and training from the moment you obtain this medium sized dog is essential. It will assist in ensuring it is never a threat. Regardless of what situation you find yourself in.
You will also want to invest in a good quality harness, leash and a GPS tracker as this will help to prevent anyone taking your pride and joy without your consent.
You need to show the Bully Pitbull love, respect, and leadership. This will ensure it will be a faithful and loyal companion to you and your family. This is what it was originally bred for.