General Impression: The American Bully should
give the impression of massive
strength as well as athletic ability. A medium
size dog with a exceptionally muscular and powerful body.
Head: The head of the American Bully is large
and of medium length, broad skull, very pronounced cheek
muscles, distinct stop, short foreface and high set ears.
The American Bully's head appears to have been chiseled, combining strength,
elegance and character. Should give the impression of
enormous power, but should not be disproportionate to the
overall size of the body.
Fault: Head too
small or disproportionate to the body.
Muzzle: Broad and of medium to medium short in length, tapers
slightly from the head to the nose.
Jaws: The American Bully's jaws are well defined, square and should have a razor
sharp or chiseled appearance. Lips are close and even, some
looseness in the jowls accepted, but not to be favored.
Bite: The American
Bully has a complete set of large, evenly spaced, white teeth.
preferred bite is a scissor or even bite. A reverse scissor or
slight undershot should be considered non preferred.
Fault: The badly undershot or overshot
bite is a serious fault. Wry jaw is a disqualifying fault.
Nose: Nose all colors acceptable.
nose of the American Bully should be a solid color. Lacking pigment should be considered non
nose lacking all pigment is a disqualifying fault.
Ears: Set high, natural or cropped. If natural, semi-prick
or rose are preferred. Pricked or flat, wide ears are non preferred.
Eyes: Round, wide apart, deeply set and of moderate size.
Any eye color is acceptable for the American Bully, however, odd eyes (one dark,
one blue or light) should be considered non preferred. Lacking pigment around the eyes is undesirable.
Neck: The neck should appear strong and muscular, clean in outline and
gradually widening toward the shoulders. No looseness of skin. Medium
to short in length.
Shoulders: American Bullies have strong and muscular with blades wide and sloping.
Body: Moderately short in length. Slight rise from shoulders to rump,
level back is just as acceptable. Ribs should be well sprung (rounded) and the chest
wide, broad and deep. Fault: Too narrow in the chest.
Tail: The tail is undocked, of medium length, low set, tapering to a
point and carried rather low. It should not curl much and may be
likened to an old-fashioned pump handle.
Fault: A tail that is too long, badly curled or screwed.
Color: Any color or combination of colors is
acceptable except merle.
Coat: The coat should be smooth, short, glossy and close to the skin.
Height: Males - 15 to 17 inches at the
shoulder. Females - 16 to 18 inches at the shoulder.
Forequarters: Legs should straight, well boned and muscular. Set
rather far apart, without looseness at the shoulders and showing
no weakness at the pasterns.
turned out or turned in resulting in poor movement is to be
discouraged and considered non-preferred.
Hindquarters: The hindquarters should be well muscled, hocks let down with
stifles well bent with good angulation.
Legs should be parallel when viewed from behind,
in nor out.
Feet: Round and the pasterns should be strong and tight. Fault: Down in the pasterns or splayed feet.
Gait: Free, powerful and agile with little effort. Legs moving
parallel when viewed from front or rear. The breed displays
evident power and drive from the hind legs.