American Bully XL: An Ultimate Guide to the Most Muscular Dog

Big American Bully XL

Built like a tank, the American Bully XL is one mean-looking dog!

But underneath those popping muscles and that Stoic, scary face is a gentle giant – a lovable, slobbery dog that only wants to give you kisses and plenty of chill time.

If you’ve ever wondered whether this breed is right for you and your family, I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide for you to check out.

From its origins, diet, how to care for them, their common health problems, and even tips on what to consider if you want to breed them. You’ll find everything right here.

What Is an American Bully XL?

The American Bully XL is one of four varieties of the popular American Bully breed. Bred as companion dogs, the XL Bully features a muscular build, distinctive face, and great temperament.

They’ve become a favorite despite being a new breed and also go by the names Bully Pit, American Bully Pit, or Bully Pitbull.

Different Types of Bully Breeds

Although I’ll be focusing on the American Bully XL for this post, it’s best to understand what other “bully breeds” are out there. And why they’re called “bullies” in the first place.

Some of the obvious inclusions in this type of breed are those with the term “bully” in the name, like the:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • English Bulldogs
  • American Bulldog
  • Bull Terriers
  • Bull Mastiffs
  • French Bulldog
  • Olde English Bulldogge

Other, not so well-known “bully breeds” include the following:

  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  • Cane Corso Italiano
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Great Dane
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Pug
  • Rottweiler

Why Are They Called “Bully”?

When you first hear the term “bully dog,” the immediate impression is usually a dog that’s aggressive or cruel. But the term “bully” actually doesn’t have anything to do with their behavior or personality.

Instead, the term comes from their history of being used in cruel blood sports like that of bull-baiting. The dogs who were used in this deadly sport were called “bully” and this unfortunate name has stuck over the years. 

It doesn’t help that over the years, gangs and other criminal social groups have used “bully dogs” to represent aggression, toughness, even violence because of how they look.

Add to that fear-based legislation and misguided bans against the “pit bull” type dog, and the breed continues to suffer its undeserved aggressive reputation. 

Is the American Bully XL a Pitbull?

The short answer? No, it isn’t.

While the American Bully XL did have pitbull genes when it was first conceived, over the years, breeders have mixed in genetics from other dog breeds. The result is a unique dog that’s distinctly its own breed.

What’s more, the move away from the pitbull genes was done on purpose. Breeders were intent on having a dog that was athletic and active yet calm with hardly any prey drive.

This calm demeanor and friendly nature of the American Bully breed is one reason why so many dog owners love this breed.

History of the American Bully XL

The American Bully XL first showed up around the 80s and 90s. Like all bully breeds, they’re a product of breeders wanting a bigger “Pitbull-type” dog.

They crossed the American Pit Bull Terrier with the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the first few offspring started the bully breeds.

Over the years, breeders continued to experiment – crossing the breeds with the American Bulldog, French Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, and English Bulldog.

This eventually led to the distinctive looks and amazing temperament of the American Bully XL.

American Bully XL vs. Other Varieties of American Bully: What’s the Difference?

Out of the four varieties classified by the American Bully Kennel Club, the XL is considered the largest in the group in terms of height.

Many of its physical characteristics, however, are the same as the other varieties. This includes having a gentle personality despite its massive size.

There are currently four recognized varieties of the American Bully as registered by the ABKC. Generally, a bully puppy is dubbed as a “Standard” type until it is one year old. After that, it will be classified according to the varieties available.

Standard

The Standard American Bully is defined as having a medium to large muscular body and blocky head. It has a strong bone structure and looks strong in proportion to its size.

  • Male Height: Stands between 17 – 20 inches tall (43 – 51 cm) from the withers.
  • Female Height: Stands between 16 – 19 inches tall (41 – 48 cm) from the withers.
  • Estimated Lifespan: Average lifespan of 10 – 12 years when in good health.

Pocket

The only difference between the Pocket American Bully and the Standard American Bully is height. It’s basically an inch or two shorter from the Standard, but everything else, from its build and body type, is similar.

Most people might think this version of the Bully is tiny because of the “pocket” name; however, it’s actually still pretty big. This version is called “pocket” because compared to the other American Bully varieties, this one is the smallest.

  • Male Height: Under 17 inches (43 cm) but no shorter than 14 inches (36 cm) from the withers.
  • Female Height: Under 16 inches (40 cm) but no shorter than 13 inches (33 cm) from the withers.
  • Estimated Lifespan: Average lifespan of 10 – 12 years.

XL

The American Bully XL is a stunning dog breed with the same general physical characteristics, body type and build as the Standard Bully. The only difference is it stands a bit taller, with a slightly bulkier body compared to the Standard Bully.

  • Male Height: Stands 20 – 23 inches (51 – 57 cm) from the withers.
  • Female Height: Stands 19 – 22 inches (48 – 54 cm) from the withers.
  • Estimated Lifespan: Average life span of 10 – 12 years when given proper care.

Classic

The American Bully Classic is almost the same as the Standard version but only built with a lighter frame. This means they have lesser body mass compared to the other versions, overall.

  • Male Height: Stands 17 – 20 inches (43 – 51 cm) from the withers.
  • Female Height: Stands 16 – 19 inches (40 – 48 cm) from the withers.
  • Estimated Lifespan: Average lifespan of 10 – 12 years with proper care.

American Bully XL vs. American Bully XXL

The only difference between an XL Bully and the Bully XXL is that the latter is much larger.

The XXL variety stands up to 23 inches or more starting from the withers. Because of this, they’re not officially recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) and thus fall under the “unofficial variety” section.

Apart from the size difference, the XXL variety has the same physique and temperament as the XL Bully. To achieve their size, breeders often add DNA of larger dog breeds like the BullmastiffOpens in a new tab..

As a result, it’s difficult for them to achieve an authentic American Bully XXL – a dog that has all the details and features of the American Bully breed.

Why Is the American Bully XL So Popular?

There are countless reasons why dog lovers everywhere are fawning over the American Bully XL and the other American Bully varieties.

While they’ve only been around for several decades, the breed has become a favorite for many celebrities and everyday dog owners.

Pitbulls, where the breed had come from, are already popular so it’s no surprise the American Bully would inherit traits that make them such lovable pets.

Among its most desirable traits include being a wonderful guard dog. Their looks can make criminals think twice about messing with them while their loyalty to their family members is astounding.

What’s more, American Bullies are easy to train, intelligent and are always calm unless heavily provoked – only if their families are threatened.

They also make excellent family dogs because they’re fantastic with children. Pitbulls and most of the bully breeds have a good amount of pain tolerance so little children who tug their ears or pull their tails are fine.

Some people also just love the breed because of their looks. They look sturdy and compact and usually look great when photographed.

The Look Factor: Unique Physical Traits of an American Bully XL

An American Bully XL comes with a very distinctive built that usually wins over many pet lovers. Here are some of its key features:

Head

The head of an XL Bully is large with a broad skull. It sports chiseled or pronounced muscles on its cheeks.

Meanwhile, its ears are high up on its head and usually cropped or left natural. The Bully comes with almond-shaped eyes. They’re often in different colors like brown, hazel or amber. 

As for its muzzle, it’s short or medium-length and closer to the face. The nose is in different shades like black, brown, blue or an Isabella shade. It has well-defined jaws while the lips have minimal looseness.

Like the regular Bulldog, an American Bully has a wrinkly face. As they continue to grow, the wrinkles on their face become more prominent. This is especially true with XL varieties.

Body and Legs

A typical American Bully XL’s neck is muscular and heavy with a slight arch. It tapers from the shoulder and back towards the skull. They have straight, sturdy forelegs and the feet are facing forward.

Its heavily-muscled body is one of its most prominent characteristics. The ribs are rounded showing off a barrel chest. The chest is deep and broad and looks filled in. As for the back, it slopes slightly from the withers, and they have a square, squat body.

The feet are rounded and are moderate in size compared to the body. It has a good arch and shaped tight.

Coat and Pattern

The color and pattern of an American Bully XL’s coat can vary. They will usually have a short, straight, glossy coat that’s either soft or stiff. It has a normal thickness too, not thin but not thick.

Coat colors come in brindle, sable, white, red, black, blue, silver, cream, gray, brown, Isabella, fawn, or sable.

Want to know what the XL American Bully really is? Watch the video below to find out.

American Bully XL Temperament

Aside from its looks, one thing breeders and dog lovers rave about with the American Bully XL is its temperament. This is true for all varieties of this breed. In fact, the ABKC lists it as part of what makes the Bully breed what it is.

Despite its ferocious looks, it’s actually a lovable big lug that wants to please its family. They are powerful dogs but are extremely lively and gentle. Aggressive behavior in American Bully breeds is rare and considered undesirable traits.

Is American Bully XL a great family dog?

Yes, they’re considered one of the friendliest breeds around. In fact, they were bred to be a companion dog. The great thing with the American Bully breed is that it’s confident and not skittish even with new people around.

You can expect this breed to be strong, obedient, amusing and overall, a good-natured dog to have in the home.

Since it was bred specifically as a companion dog, it has the stability and friendliness of the American Pit Bull Terrier, minus the strong prey drive of the breed. It also has the American Staffordshire Terrier’s sociable and outgoing temperament.

Is American Bully XL good around young children?

Yes, they are fantastic dogs for families with children. This breed has been dubbed as the “nanny dog” because of the amount of patience and tolerance it has. As mentioned, the American Bully XL can accommodate pain and won’t mind when children tug its ears or tail.

They can even withstand a bit of roughhousing. As long as the bully is well-socialized and knows that the children are part of his pack, they will be submissive.

We do suggest that no matter what dog breed you have, it’s wise always to supervise young children when they’re with dogs.

Are they good around other pets in the household?

While the American Bully is a sociable dog in general, it does take time to get used to new dogs or pets. Again, the Bully must be thoroughly socialized and trained while they are young instead of waiting until maturity, so they can easily adapt to new pets around.

How Long Do American Bully XLs Live?

All varieties of the American Bully can live up to 12 years if they are properly cared for. Twelve years might seem long but considering other dog breeds can live up to 15 years even 25, then this is a moderate lifespan.

One important thing to ensure your Bully continues to live a long life is to know possible health problems for the breed. This way, you can counteract it or provide relief or treatment before it gets worse.

Common Health Issues for the American Bully XL

Like most dog breeds, the American Bully XL has some health issues owners have to watch out for. I’ve listed some of the most common ones below.

Most are preventable with plenty of tender, love and care for your animal. Some of these health issues stem from genetics but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.

Cherry Eye

American Bully dogs have a propensity for suffering certain eye conditions. One of the most common is the “cherry eyeOpens in a new tab..”

This problem in the dog’s third eyelid (the nictitating membrane) is caused when the structure holding it in place moves out of position. It then looks like a large red barrier on the dog’s eye.

Another eye issue common in the American Bully XL is entropion. This happens when a part of the eyelid rolls inward. This breed also gets a lot of eye infections from dry eyes as well as ulcers on the cornea which would require vet visits, even surgery to correct.

Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)

This happens when the ball and joint socket on one or both hips of the femur bones don’t fit into the hip socket. This can be from when the cartilage that usually protects the femoral head has deteriorated.

The two bones end up rubbing against each other, causing pain and deformation on the hips. Most Bully breeds are prone to this problem.

To find out if your American Bully XL might be suffering from this condition, watch out for these signs:

  • Your dog is limping while walking.
  • Your dog has a “bunny hop” gait.
  • Your dog is experiencing weakness on its hind legs.
  • Your dog is having issues going up and down the stairs.
  • Your dog is hesitant to jump or run.

It’s ideal to have the vet do an X-ray of your animal’s pelvis or hips to find out if they’re suffering from hip dysplasia.

Skin Problems

Bully breeds also suffer from horrible skin issues. Two of the most common are seborrhea and eczema. Seborrhea is a glandular condition causing a dog’s skin to be too dry or too oily. Eczema, on the other hand, can be caused by allergies, extremely hot weather and hormonal issues.

Another common skin issue is “hot spots,” also known as Acute Moist Dermatitis. They’re red, hairless lesions that are itchy. They can be caused by different things like flea bites, parasites or even food.

To solve this problem in your American Bully XL, regularly bathe them, have him be up-to-date in his parasite prevention medication or take them to the vet as soon as you notice the skin problem.

Heart Disease

American Bully breeds are prone to suffering from congenital heart issuesOpens in a new tab.. It won’t immediately show up and can take years to form.

Heart issues can affect both sides of a dog’s heart. Although most heart conditions in the animal are genetic, some are caused by heartworms or obesity.

Managing your dog’s diet can help reduce this issue. Placing your dog in heartworm prevention medicine like Ivermectin is also ideal.

Allergies

Humans can get allergies and so can dogs. The bully breed can get allergies from different products causing them to start scratching and biting. They could also start sneezing.

Some allergy triggers can be pollen, mold or dust. They can also come from food like grain, meat, or fish.

The only real way to stop allergies is to identify the cause of the allergy and to keep the dog away from it. Some dogs develop allergies after constant exposure to allergens. Other times they can come as a genetic predisposition.

Other conditions common to the American Bully XL:

  • Cleft Palate or Lip
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Atopy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Ichthyosis
  • Cataracts
  • Heat Intolerance

Watch the video below to find out if the American Bully XL is right for you and 10 things you should know before getting an American Bully XL.

Caring For Your American Bully XL

One of the most important things about owning an American Bully XL puppy is making sure it’s properly cared for. I’ve compiled helpful tips you can follow as you raise your new pup.

Diet & Supplements: What to Feed Your American Bully XL?

If you just got your puppy and still under a year old, it’s best to give them high fat and high protein food. Ideally, food that has a 20% fat content or higher and 30% protein or higher.

Only choose top quality food and avoid ones containing possible allergens to your pet. Choosing food with these ingredients can help your puppy’s body grow since it promotes bone and muscle growth.

Just know an XL’s size is determined mostly by genetics instead of their diet. Nevertheless, good and proper nutrition will help ensure your new puppy will be healthy.

#1 Premium Quality Dog Food

Most premium-quality meals are meat-based. In fact, if you’re picking food for your Bully Pit, make sure the top ingredients are composed of meats. They should also fulfill all of your dog’s nutrient requirements.

You can find a wide range of premium quality dog food in the market. What’s great is they can range from affordable to expensive, so there’s always one that fits your budget.

You might think expensive dog food would be better, but it’s not always the case. Make sure to read the ingredients list and reviews before choosing one.

Three quality food brands for American Bully Breeds are the following:

  • Taste of the Wild: Dog food based on the ancestral diet of the breed
  • Acana: A Canada-based brand specializes in creating “biologically appropriate” food from fresh ingredients found in the region.
  • Orijen: Also based on ancestral food, containing 85% quality animal ingredients

#2 Raw Food Diet

Like its name says, raw food for your American Bully is served uncooked. It includes raw meat like turkey, lamb, salmon or organ meat. It can also include vegetables, certain fruits as well as eggs. You can also give them yogurt.

Getting your bully into a raw food diet is important because it contains the most nutrients. If you go with this diet, make sure to get the food from an all-organic source.

Owners who opt for this believe this is the best option because all-organic raw meals mean the food isn’t processed and filled with chemicals or preservatives.

According to those who use this diet for their dog, it’s perfect to increase longevity and give them a healthy immune system. It also helps with allergies and reproductive function.

Chewing raw dog food can also help improve the gums and teeth of your animal. It’s also said to improve the neck and shoulder muscles.

The downside to a raw food diet is it could contain dangerous bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli. If you plan to go with this diet, make sure to do your research. Maybe meet with a friend or breeder who feeds their American Bully XL with this diet and inquire how their dog’s health is doing.

#3 Homemade Meals

The great thing with preparing homemade meals for your Bully is you know exactly what’s going into it. Special homemade meals can be made from meat, vegetables, fruits or a special combination of all of them.

If you’re going to go this route, do a bit of research as to the type of meals your Bully will thrive in. Make sure to only source healthy ingredients and plan out the meals per week.

You can find a lot of recipes online from fellow American Bully lovers who took this route when it comes to feeding their dog.

Common food items you can feed your XL Bully include meat or soup broth, raw bones, meat stews, or other protein-rich meals.

There are downsides to homemade meals for your dog. First, it takes time to prepare. Second, figuring out the right balance of nutrients to include in the meals takes time and practice.

For first-time bully owners, it’s recommended to ask the help of a professional in creating a strong diet plan for your dog at the onset.

Then stick to the diet to ensure your XL Bully grows healthy, strong and has all the nutritional requirements he needs.

Giving Your XL Bully Fruits: Is it Safe?

Yes, it is, but there are certain fruits to avoid giving to your dog. If you’re feeding your dog fruit for the first time, make sure to introduce it slowly. Otherwise, it might result in indigestion, vomiting or diarrhea.

Below is a list of good fruits for your American Bully XL and fruits that should be avoided:

Recommended fruits for your American Bully XL:

  • Banana: Carbohydrates and potassium.
  • Blackberries: Plenty of antioxidants and lots of vitamins.
  • Blueberries: Plenty of vitamin B complex, iron, zinc, vitamin C, E, and A.
  • Kiwi: Vitamin C and fiber.
  • Apples: Plenty of fiber, potassium, flavonoids, and phytonutrients.
  • Cantaloupe: Niacin, fiber, vitamins C, B Complex and A, magnesium, potassium, and more.
  • Strawberries: Omega-3 fats and folic acid.
  • Pears: Fiber, Vitamins C, K, Potassium, Copper.
  • Watermelon: Vitamins A, B6, and C, Lycopene, antioxidants, potassium, and amino acids.
  • Raspberries: Manganese, vitamin C, and K.

Bad fruits for your American Bully XL:

  • Orange Tree: Toxic and poisonous to dogs; the fruit itself without the rinds and peel is safe.
  • Lemon Tree: Also toxic like the orange tree, keep your dog away from chewing on the bark, leaves, or stem of the tree.
  • Coconut: While the oil is safe for dogs, the coconut meat itself can cause bloating.
  • Avocados: This will cause stomach problems.
  • Grapes and Raisins: Poisonous to all dogs so make sure you never feed them this fruit.

It’s always important to prioritize your pet’s health. One surefire way to do that is to make sure they only eat the most nutritious meals possible.

Once you have a good routine and solid meal plan for your American Bully XL, it should be easier to know which food works for them and what doesn’t.

Should You Give Your XL Bully Supplements?

It’s really up to you. But for many dog owners, giving their American Bully additional supplements is one way to ensure their dogs receive the proper amount of micronutrients so that they can develop into healthy dogs.

Exercise & Physical Activity: Keeping Your XL Bully Healthy and Active

American Bully XL dogs need plenty of exercise. In fact, physical activity is essential for the breed to thrive. Physical exercise will curb down any destructive behavior as well as soothe any digestion issues. It will also keep your bully active and agile while helping with weight control. 

Your lifestyle must match the physical activity your XL Bully requires. What’s more, the American Bully XL requires someone to interact with – be it another dog or another human – who will direct it to exercise, play or do physical activity.

Give your bully at least one hour’s worth of exercise every single day to ensure their energy is directed somewhere.

A few basic exercises you can do together with your XL Bully include:

  • Walking: A brisk walk around the neighborhood or park at least once or twice a day should be adequate for this breed.
  • Stair Climbing: This is a great exercise for losing weight. Make sure you supervise them going up and down the stairs. Keep this interactive or entice them with their favorite toy.
  • Swimming: Swimming is a great exercise because it works out the entire body and doesn’t cause a lot of friction on the joints. It’s also perfect if you live in an area with hot weather.
  • Playing Fetch: This is another simple exercise you can do with your dog. Use their favorite toy and just have fun. 

Obedience Training: How to Train Your American Bully

An American Bully XL is a highly intelligent dog. It’s advisable you train them while young to ensure they understand what’s acceptable behavior and what isn’t.

When training your dog, here are a few quick points to remember:

  • Be firm and consistent with your commands.
  • Use positive reinforcement.
  • Make sure to socialize and expose your puppy to other animals.

I would recommend prioritizing these three training for your dog:

  • Potty Training: Start training your XL Bully puppy around 4 months old, since at 2-3 months, they still have no bladder control. Look out for your puppy whining, circling, sniffing around, or barking; they could be getting ready to relieve themselves. Immediately take them to your designated spot or outside. After they’ve relieved themselves, make sure to reward them with a treat or positive affirmation. 
  • Crate Training: Get a crate that’s neither too big nor too small. Coax them with food or treats and feed them inside with the door still open. Never force then inside. You can close the gate once they feel secure. Start with shorter periods before gradually increasing the time they spend inside. They should be comfortable enough to fall asleep inside. 
  • Behavior Training: This involves socializing your dog to ensure they act appropriately around other pets or people. Behavior training can also be helpful to ensure a dog will allow themselves to be handled or picked up. An American Bully XL is already a friendly dog but it’s still a good idea to give them proper behavior training while still young.

Ideal Living Conditions for Your XL Bully

Ideally, a home with a large yard where the bully can run around would be perfect. Because they have a good amount of energy, this would be easier to get them to exercise.

However, American Bully XL can actually do well in apartment homes as long as their exercise requirements are met.

They can live well with kids and other pets, provided they are socialized. If you have extra young children, please make sure to supervise them and never leave them alone with the dog.

Grooming Your American Bully XL

Most bully breeds, including the XL Bully, don’t require much grooming because they only have short to moderate length hair. What they need for their coat is the occasional brushing to ensure it stays healthy and clean.

Use a firm bristle brush to smooth out their coats. You can use dry shampoo or bathe them to make sure they are clean as well.

Some dogs easily shed or require almost daily baths. The American Bully XL isn’t high maintenance and can be bathed once a week only.

Veterinary Care and Vaccinations for Your XL Bully

Up until they turn 6 months, your Bully is still considered a puppy. It’s important for them to get their vaccinations, starting at 5 weeks old.

Usually, these are spaced every 3 weeks. Once they are 6 months and more, they should be ready to get a rabies shot.

After turning a year old, they can be given booster shots. For deworming, your dog needs to be checked at least every 3 months to ensure they don’t have worms.

Most vets would recommend Bully puppies to start receiving heartworm prevention as young as 4 months old.

As discussed in the earlier section, American Bullies are predisposed to certain health issues.

Having wellness checks scheduled at least once or twice a year will allow a vet to notice if there’s anything that might become a serious health issue later on.

Wellness checks would also be more frequent as your dog ages. A senior dog has different requirements compared to those of a puppy.

Love and Affection for Your American Bully XL

Like any dog, an XL Bully requires a good amount of love and affection. The more love and affection you give without spoiling them, the more you’ll get back.

Treat your Bully like they are a part of your family. Spend time with them and be patient, especially when they’re still puppies.

How Much Does an American Bully XL Puppy Cost?

For potential owners and breeders, it’s best to understand this breed isn’t cheap. In fact, many of the American Bully XL puppies can have prices starting from $2,000 for the Pocket variety and up to $10,000 for the XL varieties, depending on the bloodline and the quality.

The price can also vary greatly depending on whether you just want to get one as a pet, a breeding stock or if you want one to enter in shows.

One bully dog with a proven track record and pedigree, dubbed as White RhinoOpens in a new tab., even sold for $250,000. (He was exchanged for a house.) His current stud fee is around $65,000.

Where to Find American Bully Puppies for Sale?

Five American Bully dogs sitting with trees in the background

To make sure you are getting healthy American Bully XL puppies, you have to choose a reliable breeder.

 Here are some guidelines to keep in mind: 

  • Find a breeder that’s registered or affiliated with the UKC (United Kennel Club) or the ABKC (American Bully Kennel Club).
  • Avoid buying from pet stores, puppy mills, online or from pet brokers.
  • A good breeder won’t hesitate to show you to the puppy’s father or mother.
  • The breeder can talk shop about American Bullies.
  • They can provide adequate health certificates and papers to ensure you are bringing home a healthy pup.
  • Make sure the puppies are well-socialized dogs.
  • Inquire from past clients, if possible, about what they think of the breeder.
  • Make sure they have the type or variation you like.
  • Ask a lot of questions until you’re satisfied. A great breeder will not hesitate to talk to you because they know they have quality puppies.

Here are some American Bully kennels to check out:

  • Kurupt Bloodline KennelOpens in a new tab. – They specialize in XL and XXL variations, so they are a great place to start for your XL Bully puppy.
  • Razors Edge BloodlineOpens in a new tab. – This is another solid bloodline and kennel that’s worth checking out for your own XL Bully.
  • Devils Den BulliesOpens in a new tab. – This kennel has been around since the 80s. They have kennels situated around the United States and Canada.
  • Texas Size BulliesOpens in a new tab. – Once a Texas-based kennel but now located in Florida. They specialize in “extreme build pocket bullies.”

Adopting an American Bully XL

If you’re not inclined to breed your bull and simply love this breed and want to own one, you would be better off rescuing or adopting an XL Bully instead.

Adoption fees are much cheaper compared to buying an American Bully puppy. Even better, you’ll be helping a sweet dog in need of a new forever home.

While most rescue and adoption shelters will have different types of Bully breeds, you can specifically ask for an American Bully to see if they have any you can check out. It’s also worth signing up on their waitlist, so you are immediately informed if one shows up.

Just know that sometimes you won’t get a Bully puppy, but possibly an older dog, so make sure you are okay with that too.

Here are several great Bully rescue and adoption places to check out:

Also, make sure to check with your local shelters to see if they have an American Bully dog you can adopt. Be patient in looking for one.

Getting Started as an American Bully Breeder

Now, there are some owners who purposely invest in getting an American Bully for breeding purposes. If this is the reason why you want to get a Bully Pit puppy, it’s important to consider a few things before deciding to become a Bully breeder.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Breeding an American Bully

1. Do you have a good amount of money to invest in becoming a breeder?

Usually, breeders will need 2-3 quality Bully bitches to start. It’s important you have enough money to afford them and also take care of them properly.

Aside from ensuring they are secure and healthy, you also need money for progesterone testing, veterinary bills, artificial insemination or even emergency C-sections if the pregnancy requires it.

It’s also a good idea to have emergency money set aside for when unexpected situations come up.

2. Do you have sufficient time to take care of the dogs?

Becoming a breeder means you need to have a good amount of time set aside to ensure your dogs are healthy and given the right attention they need. This is especially true once the puppies come.

3. Are you committed to taking care of the pups you will be producing and finding them good homes?

Being a breeder means it’s also your responsibility to make sure the Bully puppies you have will go to happy forever homes.

You need to find homes and dog owners who will take care of the pup, make sure they are healthy, and can provide a safe environment for them.

Do your homework before committing to becoming a breeder of Bully pups. Then make sure you have enough resources at your disposal and you can commit to the time and effort required to become a reliable breeder.

Know Your Bully Bloodlines

While many new breeders simply breed Bully pups left and right for the purposes of making money, some breeders spend years making sure they produce quality offspring that furthers the bloodline of the American Bully. 

Here are some of the most popular and well-established American Bully bloodlines:

  • Razor’s Edge
  • Watchdog
  • Gotty or Gotti
  • Royal

In the American Bully XL variation, the two most popular bloodlines are the following:

  • Kurupt Blood Panic, who is dubbed in the Bully world as a “Freak.” His head alone measures 27-inches! Despite his looks, his bloodline has produced XL Bullies that are dog friendly and have a super laid-back temperament.
  • Remy Martin, also known as Remyline. This stud is considered one of the most prolific, having sired over 1000 offspring to date.

Pick Your Foundation Females

To start as a breeder, you need to find a reputable kennel to source foundation females first.

Focus on getting 1-2 females instead of getting males. Make sure the kennel you get them from has been around for a while and produces quality breed. 

Decide on a Stud

A lot of reliable breeders, especially those with Bully breeds coming from distinct bloodlines actually offer stud service. If you’re starting out, this is the best way to go.

You can also opt to contact the kennel where you got your females from and see if they offer stud service there. This will help with line breeding while giving you a consistent litter.

The reason why getting a stud service is wiser as opposed to getting your own male dog when starting out is that taking care of a stud can get expensive really fast.

What’s more, there’s no guarantee the male dog you get will become a great stud dog when they mature so it’s safe to go with ones that already have a proven track record.

Final Thoughts

The American Bully XL is a truly remarkable new breed. Whether you’re just curious about them or serious about owning one as a pet, there’s no denying they would be worth the investment and effort.

This breed serves as fantastic family dogs. They are absolutely great with kids and incredibly loyal. It’s perfect for any dog lover who wants a pet to become a part of their family.

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John Carter

My name is John Carter and I absolutely love pets, especially dogs. I've got a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have several years’ experience working in animal shelters and rescues. My passion for animals started at a very young age as I grow up on a farm with several horses, cows, cats, chickens, and dogs on our property.

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