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According to Bully Breed Magazine, bully breeds are generally medium-sized dogs, muscular, and solidly built with short, glossy coats. The heads and chests are broad, the topline typically level, and the legs are muscular, well-boned, and straight. Most have pronounced cheek muscles and a confident, wide-mouthed grin. Bully breeds typically have bulldog or mastiff ancestry. 
They are courageous, tenacious, smart, self-assured, and affectionate with people. 

 Here is a brief profile of some breeds commonly referred to as "bully breeds." 

American Pit Bull Terrier
Males: 35-60 pounds preferred
Female: 30-50 pounds preferred
Coat: Any color except merle
Nose: Any color
Eyes: All colors, except blue
Ears: Cropped or un-cropped; rose or semi prick
Tail: Short and tapering
Body: Solidly built and muscular, agile, wide chest
Head: Wedge-shaped with forehead wrinkles
Nature: Zest for life, affectionate, confident, courageous, good with children.
Sweet, devoted, highly intelligent and enthusiastic, this breed comes in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors, weighing from 16 lbs. to over 50 lbs. APBTs can be registered with the United Kennel Club. If a dog resembles an APBT it is usually labeled a “Pit Bull.� This breed is the most popular breed in some areas like the San Francisco Bay area. APBTs have a high pain tolerance and many have a high energy level, for these reasons they are often targeted by criminals. Dog-aggression is common but generally controllable with responsible ownership along with proper training and early socialization. When an APBT is specifically bred and trained for illegal dog-fighting it is usually too aggressive for an average pet owner to handle; however dog-aggression and human-aggression are two completely different drives. One does not connect to the other. Ill-bred APBTs, as well as any other breed, can end up with unbalanced temperaments which can include unprovoked aggression toward humans. Human aggression in APBTs does not represent the breed; it represents that individual dog and its strain. Pit Bulls are no more dangerous than any other dog. Aggression can be bred out as easily as it is bred in. They are highly trainable and yes, potentially dangerous if trained to be so, as any breed of dog in the same weight range would be.

American Staffordshire Terrier:
Males: 18-19 inches; 40-50 lbs.
Female: 17-18 inches; 40-50 lbs.
Coat: Any color except merle
Nose: Black
Eyes: Dark, round
Ears: Cropped or un-cropped
Tail: Short and tapering
Body: Stocky and muscular
Head: Broad head with distinct cheek muscles
Nature: Happy, intelligent, confident, courageous, good with children.
The AmStaff is sometimes referred to as the “show-Pit Bull.� Since the 1970s the American Kennel Club (AKC) no longer allows United Kennel Club (UKC) registered APBTs to be crossed into the AKC lines; however, AmStaffs can be registered with the UKC as APBTs. This breed has an excellent, even temperament, high endurance, and a willingness to please that can easily overcome its independent streak. A well-bred and well-socialized AmStaff has patience with children. They have a high tolerance for pain and, like the APBT, the AmStaff is known for a tendency to be dog-aggressive, but it can be controlled with responsible ownership. Unprovoked human-aggression is rare and mostly due to poor breeding practices and/or poor training and socialization.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
Males: 14-16 inches; 28-38 lbs.
Female: 14-16 inches; 24-34 lbs.
Coat: Many colors except merle
Nose: Black
Eyes: Dark preferred
Ears: Un-cropped; rose
Tail: Short and tapering
Body: Muscular, agile, wide chest
Head: Round, broad head with distinct cheek muscles
Nature: Affectionate, stable, courageous, good with children.
Although much smaller than the APBT & AmStaff, The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is often lumped together with these breeds and misidentified as a “Pit Bull.� The Stafford is a gregarious, fun-loving, intelligent dog with a natural affinity toward children. As with the APBT & AmStaff, dog-aggression is common but can be controlled by an experienced, responsible owner who knows how to manage it properly. Unprovoked human aggression is extremely rare and not tolerated by breeders.

Reference: PitBullAdvocate101.com, Understand-a-Bull.com
What about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)?

“Pit Bull-type� is a term often included in BSL leaving many people confused. If a “Pit Bull� is any one of six breeds, than how many breeds are considered to be “Pit Bull-types?� The law may describe characteristics of "Pit Bull-type" dogs as having a "wide head, broad chest, and short fur� (as if that narrows it down). To further aggravate breed identification issues, most dangerous breed legislation adds "and mixes" to the wording which can get pretty messy. To our knowledge there are at least 25 different bulldog breeds which all fall into the “Pit Bull-Type� category according to its description.

What is a "Bully Breed"? 
What is a "Pit Bull"? 
The term "Pit Bull" is often used to describe a group of 3 breeds of dog, the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff) and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffie).
They can be difficult to tell apart if you don't have a trained eye, and this is why they are usually grouped together as one "breed." 
If you randomly ask 20 different people to describe a “Pit Bull,� you may end up with 20 different answers. 


The Pit Bull is probably the most misunderstood dog in the world mainly due to the lack of proper education and negative media seen by the public.
They make great family pets, but just like any other breed of dog, they need responsible owners to ensure they get properly socialized, trained, and maintained. 
Bully Breed Information
​    Do you have a bully breed? 

Bully breeds include...

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Cane Corso
  • All Mastiffs (English Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, etc.) 
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Presa Canario
  • And all mixes of these breeds