1. They are NOT pit bulls.

One of the most common misconceptions about the American Bully is that it is simply a type of pit bull, but the truth is these are two distinct breeds.

American bullies do come from pit bulls, but they have had other types of bully breeds mixed in so that they are no longer considered pit bulls, but have their own breed standards.

Types of Bully Breeds

There are a number of types of bully breeds out there. Here’s a list of ones that are registrable through the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC):

  • Alapaha Bulldog
  • American Bulldog
  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • Dogue De Bordeaux
  • English Bulldog
  • French Bulldog
  • Killian Bulldog
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Olde English Bulldogge
  • Pacific Bulldog
  • Presa Canario
  • Shorty Bull
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Victorian Bulldog

There are also some breeds, which not registered through the ABKC, like Bully Kutta.

American Bully vs Pit bull

As this video shows, it’s easy to tell these two breeds apart when you put them next to each other:

Here are a few of the key differences between the American Bully and the Pit Bull:

Head size: The American Bully has a larger head compared to the pit bull, especially in proportion to their body size.

Leg length: Most American bullies feature short legs, especially when compared to those of the pit bull. Only the classic type of the American Bully has average legs when it comes to length.

Muscles: While pit bulls are certainly a muscular breed, muscles are something that the American Bully is bred for, so they typically have a number of well-defined, large muscles covering their bodies.

Overall build: The overall build of an American bully is much wider than a pit bull. Their chests are broad and their legs are further apart.

Outdoor Portrait close-up American Pit Bull TerrierAmerican Pit Bull Terrier


american bullyAmerican Bully

As you can see, there are some definite differences between the American Bully and the Pit Bull, despite their shared heritage. Once you understand how these two breeds are different, then you shouldn’t have any problem telling them apart.