The American Bully Standard – General Impression The American Bully should give the impression of great strength for it’s size. Compact or medium large sized dogs with a muscular body and blocky head. Powerful in its movement, and should display effortless movement at the same time. Keenly alive and alert to its surroundings. The American bully should have the appearance of heavy bones structure with a bully built and (look?). Characteristics: The American bully is a companion breed exhibiting confidence, a zest for life, along with an exuborant will to please and companionship with their family. This making the American Bully your excellent family companion. Despite the American Bully’s fierce and powerful appearance, their demeanor is gentle. They’re great with kids, and extremely friendly with strangers, other dogs and other animals. Human or dog aggression, extreme shyness or viciousness are very uncharacteristic of an American Bully and is highly undesirable. The distinct, large and broad head of the American Bully exemplifies breed type. Medium in length, deep throughout, broad skull, well chiseled with very pronounced cheek muscles. Distinct and deep stop and high-set ears. Ears: Set high and can be either natural cropped. Eyes: All colors equally accepted, except blue which is a fault and albinism, pinkish to red, which is a disqualification. Lack a pigment around the eyes is undesirable. Eye shape is oval to slightly roundish Low down in the skull and set far apart. Visability of the haw should be minimum. Muzzle: Short or medium in length and broad in width. Length to be shorter than the length of the skull. Measuring 25 to 35%, quarter to one third the overall length of the head. The muzzle is blocky or slightly squared to fall away abruptly below the eyes. The top line of the muzzle is to be straight. With nose neither pointed, nor turned up in profile. Jaws, well defined. Under-jaw, to be strong and parallel to the muzzle, never turned upward. Lips. Semi close and even. Some looseness accepted, more-so with the extreme and XL varieties, but not preferred. Upper teeth, to meet tightly outside lower teeth and form. All scissor bite accepted. Nose, in all colors are acceptable, except albinism, like pink in color. Neck, heavily muscular, slightly arched, tapering from shoulder to back of skull. Compact to medium size should have minimum or no loose skin Some looseness of skin is acceptable with XL and extreme varieties. Forequarters: Shoulders to be strong and muscular with wide blade set wide, and well laid back. The upper arm is approximately equal to the length of the shoulder blade and joint at an angle of approximately 35 to 45 degrees. Front legs: Straight front legs, large and round bones. Pasterns are short and nearly erect. Feet, slightly turning outwards is acceptable as long as the feet met measure of 45 degrees. Body, heavily muscled, massive bully body tight, of compact medium length. Giving the impression of great power for its size, and exemplifying the breed tight of the American bully. Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear and all ribs close together. Rib cage to extend to the elbow. Fore legs, set rather far apart, to permit chest development. Chest: Should be deep, broad and well filled in. Back. Fairly short to medium back, slight sloping from withers to rump or straight accepted. With gentle short slope at rump to base of tail. Slightly high rear is accepted for XL and extreme varieties, but not desired in compact and medium size. The American Bully should give the appearance of a squared body. Equal in length when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks. And from the withers to the ground. Hind quarters, well muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in or out. Slight turns accepted in XL and extreme varieties. Muscle development, angulation and width of hind quarters should be in balanced with that of four quarters. When viewed from the rear, legs are to be straight and parallel. Croup should have a slow downward angle. Tail: Medium in comparison to size. Low set, tapering to a fine point, and extending approximately to the hawk. When relaxed, the tail is to be carried low. When moving, the tail is carried level with the top line, or in the raised position when excited. But should never be carried over, breaking the plan of the back. Tail to be clear of any kinks, knots or any curvature. Feet: Should be of moderate size, compact, well-arched and tight. Coat: Short, close, stiff to the touch and glossy. Color: All colors and patterns are permissable except the color merle. Size: Dog should be healthy and should not reach the point where its considered obese. Weight: There is no particular weight for the breed. Height. Height and weight should be in proportion of the body frame, please see variety amendments. All varieties to exhibit bully characteristics and traits.. as described in the American Bully standard. Which our key element of breed type to the American Bully breed. Standard American Bully male 17 to 20 inches at the withers, female 16 to 19 inches at the withers. Gait Should be effortless and powerful, the action must however be unrestrained, free and vigorous with powerful drive off the rear. Some paddlling and lumbering accepted in XL and extreme varieties. But not preferred in compact or medium. Front and rear reach should be moderate and in balance with one another. Legs turn neither in or out. nor ever cross or interfere with each other. Dog moving on the same plane. Each leg moving on the same plan share with the other leg on the same side. Back line should remain level, reflexing to be very slight.