Official Standard American Bully
The Official ABKC Standard
Used at Federación Canófila Mexicana Dog Shows
1. GENERAL IMPRESSION
The American Bully should give the impression of great strength for its size. It is a compact
and medium/large size dog with a muscular body and a blocky head. The American Bully
should have the appearance of a heavy bone structure with a bulky build and look.
The American Bully is a companion breed exhibiting confidence, a zest for life, along with
an exuberant willingness to please and bond with their family, thus making the American
Bully an excellent family companion. Despite the American Bully’s fierce and powerful
appearance, their demeanor is gentle. They are great with kids and extremely friendly with
strangers, other dogs, and other animals. Human or dog aggression, extreme shyness, or
viciousness is very uncharacteristic of the American Bully and is highly undesirable.
a. Skull, ears, and eyes:
* The distinct heavy, large and broad head of the American Bully exemplifies
* Medium in length, deep throughout, broad skull, well chiseled with very
pronounced cheek muscles, distinct and deep stop.
* Ears- Set high and can be either natural or cropped.
* Eyes- All colors equally accepted except albinism (pinkish to red) which is a
disqualification. Blue eyes, lack of pigment around the eyes are undesirable.
* Eye shape is oval to an almond shape, low down in skull and set far apart.
Round eyes are undesirable and bulging or protruding eyes are a fault.
* Visibility of the haw should be minimal.
*Faults: Overly visible haw. Both eyes not matched in color. Bulging or
viii. Disqualifying Faults: Albinism eyes.
b. Muzzle, jaws, and teeth:
* Muzzle- Short-Medium in length and broad in width. Length to be shorter
than the length of the skull with distance from the tip of the nose to the
stop approximately one-third of the distance from the tip of the nose to
the occiput; but not so short as to interfere with normal breathing. The
muzzle is blocky or slightly squared to fall away abruptly below eyes. The topline 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 muzzle, never turning upward.
* Lips- semi close and even, minimal looseness accepted but not preferred.
* Upper Teeth- to meet tightly outside lower teeth in form or scissor bite.
* Nose- Large with wide open nostrils. All colors/pigment acceptable except
albinism (light pink in color).
* Faults: Faults: Muzzle too long or snipey; muzzle so short as to interfere
with normal breathing; lack of pronounced cheek and deep stop; weak
under jaw; under jaw turning up; nose turning up or pushed back; excessive
flews; Level bite, overshot bite, undershot bite, and wry bite.
* Serious Faults: Severely overshot or undershot bites, measuring ¼ inch
(0.6cm) or more.
4. NECK American Bully puppies.
a. Heavy, muscular, slightly arched, tapering from shoulder to back of the skull. Compact
to medium size should have minimal or no loose skin.
b. Faults: Neck too thin or weak; neck too short or too long.
a. Shoulders to be strong and muscular with wide blades set wide, and well laid back.
The upper arm is approximately equal to the length of the shoulder blade and joined
at an angle of approximately 35 to 45 degrees.
b. Forelegs-straight, strong, and sturdy with large or round bones, pasterns are strong,
short and nearly erect. Feet- straightforward.
c. Distance from the withers to the elbow is equal to the distance from the elbows to
the bottom of the feet. Dogs that are slightly shorter in distance from the elbows to
the bottom of the feet are acceptable but not desirable.
d. Faults: Upright shoulders; steep and forward scapula (shoulder blade). Upper arm
too short. Feet toeing either in or out; front legs bowed; down at the patterns;
splayed or flat feet; long toes.
a. Heavily muscled, massive bulky body type of compact/medium length giving the
impression of great power for its size and exemplifying the breed type of the
b. Ribs well-rounded creating a barrel chest with all ribs close together; rib cage to
extend to the elbow or slightly below.
c. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development.
d. Chest- should be broad, deep, and well filled in; but should not be exaggerated as
to interfere with normal movement.
a. Fairly short to medium back, slightly sloping from withers to rump or straight
accepted with a gentle short slope at rump to base of the tail. The American Bully should
give the appearance of a square body, equal in length when measured from point
of shoulder to point of buttocks and from the withers to the ground.
b. Faults: Back too long; rear higher than withers; weak or swayed topline; roached or
a. Well muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in nor out.
b. Muscular development, angulation