AMERICAN BULLY BREEDING 101: BECOMING A BREEDER & DECIDING ON A CLASS

THE AMERICAN BULLY BREED

It wasn’t too long ago when most people weren’t familiar with the American Bully Breed. We’d take our dogs for walks and people would ask “what breed of dog is that?” And usually keeping a distance. Now, on walks with the dogs we’ll have people come up, ask to pet the dogs (knowing they’re friendly) and most already know it’s an American Bully.

So how did this relatively new breed go from virtually unknown, to the top of the list of fastest growing dog breeds each of the past five years? First, let’s revisit how it all began.

See: Everything You Need To Know About The Fastest Growing Dog Breed: The American Bully

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AMERICAN BULLY BREED ORIGIN

The American Bully breed was created around 1990 and gained recognition and establishment in 2004 with the inception of the American Bully Kennel Club, also known as the ABKC Registry.

The United Kennel Club or UKC recognized the American Bully breed in 2013. There are other registries, but for the purposes of this article we will mention the main few- which are the ABKCBBCRBRC Global and the UKC.

According to the ABKC- The American Bully breed has been selectively bred to give America’s breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier, a new direction and outlet. Like with the American Staffordshire Terrier (which is also an offshoot of the American Pit Bull Terrier) all of the positive characteristics of the breed’s ancestry were kept. These Include loyalty, stability with humans and children, along with many of their physical attributes. Traits of dog and human aggression have been bred out, as they have no future purpose for this trait (outside of hunting & sport) A reinvented breed was formed, with the purpose of being the ultimate companion breed, and this breed is the “American Bully.”

According to the UKC- The American Bully breed was subtly influenced by the infusion of several other breeds, which include the American Bulldog, English Bulldog, Pacific Bulldog as well as the Olde English Bulldogge among other Bulldog breeds. What differentiates the American Bully breed from it’s ancestors- the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier (aside from it’s genetic makeup) is the dog’s physical appearance.

The American Bully Breed is one of heavier bone structure and “bullier” build than it’s American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Terrier ancestors, but without many of the health issues prevalent in many of the breed’s Bulldog ancestry.

Read: History Of The American Pit Bull Terrier & The Evolution Of The American Bully

HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BREEDER: AMERICAN BULLY TYPES, CLASSES, FOUNDATION DOGS & BREEDING TECHNIQUES

THE PERFECT COMPANION BREED

To many people, it’s the perfect blend, a breed without the game drive of a Pit Bull, yet more active and with less health issues than many of the Bulldog breeds in its makeup. The result: a calm, confident breed of dog with a statuesque build and the muscle of a bodybuilder. Despite the American Bully’s fierce and powerful appearance their demeanor is gentle, making the American Bully an excellent family companion.

The breed is known for having an affinity toward children (they love kids) and a surprising ability to pick up on the emotions of their owners. A breed with a fun and quirky personality, a zest for life and an exuberant will to please their family. They are friendly with strangers, other dogs and most other animals. Human or dog aggression, extreme shyness or viciousness is very uncharacteristic of the American Bully and is highly undesirable.

EXPLOSION IN POPULARITY

The American Bully first became one of the fastest growing new breeds in 2014 and it has remained in the Top 5 every year since. In 2018, the American Bully breed became the fastest growing dog breed in terms of popularity and it hasn’t shown signs of slowing down since. The breed is on track to finish 2019 in similar fashion. So why are so many falling in love with this breed?

Even with the American Bully breed’s explosive growth and expansion into new countries and territories, there is still much confusion about the breed accompanied by several misconceptions and stereotypes. Inaccurate information online made worse by ill informed media have furthered misunderstanding regarding the breed. There are some who still confuse the American Bully with it’s cousin the American Pit Bull Terrier. But both are distinct and separate breeds, recognized by several respected registries as such.

So.. the American Bully breed has caught your eye, but there’s so many different types, bloodlines and classes to choose from that it can be a little overwhelming at first attempting to decide where to even begin. That’s ok, we’re here to help. For those new to the breed one of the first decisions to make is deciding on a class.

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DECIDING ON A CLASS

This is one of the first and often overlooked steps when deciding to purchase an American Bully puppy or adult. Ask yourself, what size of bully best suits your interest? Do you want something smaller or shorter? In this case, you’ll probably want a Pocket. Like your dogs bigger? Then you probably want a Standard. If that’s not big enough for you and you’re wanting something over 100lbs and massive, then the XL class is probably for you.

There are four different classes in the American Bully. The difference between them is height (with the exception of Classic, which is simply the same height as the Standard Bully,, but carrying less mass) Once you’ve decided which size you prefer, next ask yourself what is your goal? Are you simply interested in a pet, or are you considering having a litter or showing in conformation events (dog shows)?

The answer to these questions will help you with where to begin your search and can also have a big effect on the price you will be paying. If you’re simply looking for a pet, you can find one for a much lower price than if you’re looking for a show dog or breeding stock. If you do plan to show or breed in the future, it often makes sense to pay for a higher quality dog than what you would be getting a pet prices.

AMERICAN BULLY CLASSES

For those who may be new to the breed and still learning, let’s take a look at the different Classes in the American Bully breed according to the founding registry- The American Bully Kennel Club, also known as the ABKC Registry as well as the United Kennel Club, referred to as the UKC.

ABKC AMERICAN CLASSES 2014-PRESENT

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POCKET

This is an amendment to the basic standard which a Pocket Bully is determined by its adult height.

Males under 17″ and no less than 14″ at the withers. Females under 16″ and no less than 13″ at the withers.

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STANDARD

The American Bully should give the impression of great strength for it’s size. It is a compact and medium/large size dog with a muscular body and blocky head. The American Bully should have the appearance of heavy bone structure with a bulky build and look.

Males 17 inches — 20 inches (43 cm — 51 cm) at the withers. Females 16 inches — 19 inches (40 cm — 48 cm) at the withers.

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CLASSIC

This is an amendment to the basic standard. A Classic Bully is determined by it’s body structure and build. Both sex dogs with lighter body frames and less overall body mass, but still exibiting “bully” traits.

Classic Bully variety is simply an American Bully dog having lighter body frames (lighter bone) and less overall body mass (less substance) than the Standard American Bully. Aside from this difference, the Classic Bully variety follows the same standard as the Standard American Bully.

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XL

This is an amendment to the basic standard, determined by it’s adult height. It is important to note that the XL Bully variety is simply taller than the Standard American Bully. XL dogs share the same build, body type and breed type as the Standard American Bully.

Males over 20″-23″ at the withers. Females over 19″-22″ at the withers.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the different classes of the American Bully breed and that that a dog’s height (and sometimes build) determine what class they fit in, let’s move on to discuss important things to consider before having a litter for those considering having puppies.

BEFORE DECIDING TO BECOME AN AMERICAN BULLY BREEDER

Before making the commitment to become a breeder and establish your own bloodline, an honest appraisal of your resources is in order. First, do you have the money and time to invest in this endeavor? A large kennel facility is usually not necessary if you get two or three quality “foundation” bitches to begin with.

Do you have cash on hand for progesterone testing, artificial inseminations, emergency c-sections, vet bills, and proper care for the puppies? What if your breeding female becomes ill or develops an infection like pyometra? Do you have 3–5K saved in the event an emergency happens? The worst possible thing that you can do is make the decision to become a breeder and then not be able to afford care for your dogs in the event of an emergency.

THE COMMITMENT INVOLVED

Perhaps even more important than space and money is the commitment to the pups that you will be producing. For a breeder to know if their breeding program is successful, ongoing evaluation of the pups is essential. Most of us do not have unlimited space, so placing pups in good homes where they will receive adequate care and nutrition, training and evaluation is going to be essential.

Once you’ve done your homework, have your resources in order, have decided on a class or type and have made the decision that you’re willing to commit to everything required to responsibly care for and breed dogs, you’re going to want to start by purchasing foundation stock.  Next we cover “Purchasing Foundation Stock” in Part II in our next blog post.

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VENOM SON KING V BECOMES A DAD

At just under 15 months, we don’t know if he’s quite ready for the responsibility of having kids or giving up his late nights at the Club… but King V is officially a dad! His 1st litter is off the damn charts!  We had high expectations for the young stud, but just like his half brother — Savage, his 1st litter blew all of these out of the water. King V is becoming a very special Stud with an incredibly unique pedigree. He is a Venom son and a 2X GrCh Casablanca grandson, that is also 3X Magoo.

Having two of the best producing American Bully Studs — Venom as his father and Grand Champion Casablanca as both his grandfather and great grandfather certainly doesn’t hurt. But pedigree is useless if the dogs do not carry the traits. King V inherited some of the best traits from the heavy hitters in his pedigree.

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VENOM +2X GRAND CHAMPION CASABLANCA

King V’s mom — Muscletone’s Remi is an inbred Casablanca daughter. She was produced as a result of Casablanca being bred to his best daughter Nikita. The Venom X Remi breeding was a Collaboration with our friends over at Texas Legendary Bullies and the result was simply amazing.

King-V-bully-pedigree-Venomline-Studs-ABKCKing V’s a Stud that has it all… including some of the most sought after traits of both Top American Bully bloodlines. height, build, structure, head and bone. The chocolate tri color coat and green eyes make him one of the most unique looking dogs in the world.

All of that being said, King V was bred to produce. But, you never really know what a Stud is truly capable of until you see how consistently they’re passing on traits with a variety of different bloodlines.

Obviously we’ll still need to wait and see what King V does with different bloodlines before evaluating his productions as adults before knowing what he’s truly capable of. But, I’ll say this — King V’s off to a phenomenal start.

The bone on these puppies is absoluetly insane. Wait until we upload HD Video next week.. some of these have to be seen to be believed.

KING V’S FIRST LITTER

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Tito AKA “Savage” blew all of our expectations out of the water… his 1st litter was incredible. All of the puppies from this litter have arrived with their new families. Congratulations to all of the new owners!

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The Pocket American Bullies of Venomline featured on Barcroft Tv, Beastly and few other media outlets last month!  Tune in and be sure to Subscribe to our Youtube Channel and be sure to turn “notifications on”

The Video features Venom, sons King V & Savage along with several of our ABKC Pocket Champion females.

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THE FEMALES OF VENOMLINE

Venomline females are known for being some of the “bulliest” and most Extreme females on the planet. But what separates us from many other breeders are the females used as part of our breeding program.

It’s simple to use a top Stud, anyone can do that… but at Venomline, we know that it takes both a Top level Stud and a Top Level bitch to produce quality litters on a consistent basis.

QUALITY FEMALES ARE INTEGRAL TO A BREEDING PROGRAM’S SUCCESS

Quality Females are integral to the success of any breeding program. Without quality females to pair with Top Studs, produced litters more than likely end up being watered down versions of what was initially intended. Knowing this, our primary focus over the past 8 years has been producing the best possible Pocket Bully Females to match up with our Top Tier Studs.

One thing that we never lost sight of as we added the dense bone, big blocky heads, muscular builds and Extreme features, is producing a complete dog. A lot of the “Extreme” American Bullies today, or at least many of the dogs being marketed as such.. are not what we would consider a complete American Bully.

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ABKC CHAMPIONS VENOMLINE’S LIL TING & KHALEESI

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R&R’S GYPSY ROSE

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THE FOUNDATION & NEXT GENERATION FEMALES OF VENOMLINE

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It’s fairly easy to add mass and Extreme features on a dog. What’s not easy is producing them on a complete American Bully. One with angulation along with a thick strong rear on a dog that is still functional. If a dog can’t run and play, in our opinion that’s a failure.

There aren’t too many kennels currently that are combining “wow factor” and extreme traits while also producing a balanced dog from head to rear. Dogs that are fully functional and athletic (for the breed) that are still able to excel in the show ring.

Here you’ll find Foundation Females that are linebred to produce.

The result can be seen in our productions

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