American Bully Health Issues

Because the American Bully is both a very new breed and maintained by numerous registries and clubs, no health studies have been conducted on the breed up to this point. There is substantial debate as to the breed’s health. .

The American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier tend to be in very good health, while the English Bulldog is widely considered the unhealthiest of all dog breeds. For now, most seem to believe that the American Bully is virtually indistinguishable from the American Pit Bull Terrier, but the accuracy of this belief is unknown. In general smaller American Bullies will live several years longer than much larger ones, but the breed’s overall life expectancy is probably between 9 and 13 years. One of the biggest problems found in American Pit Bull Terriers and almost certainly the American Bully as well is demodicosis. Demodicosis, also known as Demodex mange and Demodectic mange, is caused by a species of mite that is present on the skin of almost all dogs. The mite transfers from the mother dog to her puppies while she is nursing. These mites cause no problems at all for the vast majority of dogs, but cause an autoimmune reaction in others. This reaction causes the hair loss commonly known as mange. Demodicosis can impact either a very small patch of skin or the entire dog, depending on its severity. There are a multitude of treatment options available, although some cases require no treatment at all. Because skeletal and visual problems have been known to occur in this breed (hip dysplasia is quite commonly seen) it is highly advisable for owners to have their pets tested by both the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF). The OFA and CERF perform genetic and other tests to identify potential health defects before they show up. This is especially valuable in the detection of conditions that do not show up until the dog has reached an advanced age, making it especially important for anyone considering breeding their dog to have them tested to prevent the spread of potential genetic conditions to its offspring. A full list of problems which the American Bully is probably susceptible would have to include: Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Demodicosis/Demodex Mange/Demodectic Mange Cataracts Cerebellar Abiotrophy Progressive Retinal Atrophy Atophy Cleft Lip/Palette Hypothyroidism Ichthyosis Luxating Patella Zinc Responsive Dermatosis Congenital Heart Failure Brachycephalic Syndrome Gassiness Heat Intolerance