2. The American Bully Recognized sizes

There are four different sizes of American bullies that are recognized by the ABKC:

  • Standard
  • Pocket
  • XL
  • Classic
  • Here’s a little more information on the four recognized sizes of American bullies:


    A standard male American bully stands between 17 and 20 inches (43-51 cm) while a standard female stands between 16 and 19 inches (40-48 cm).


    To be considered a pocket American bully, a male must be between 14 and 17 inches (35-43 cm) at the shoulder, and a female must be between 13 and 16 inches (33-40 cm) at the shoulder. Otherwise, this size has the same proportions and characteristics as the standard American bully.


    XL (Extra Large) American bullies are bigger than the standard size but should have the same build and overall proportions. Males are between 20 and 23 inches (50-58 cm) and females range between 19 and 22 inches (48-56 cm). At this time, this is the largest accepted size for this breed.


    Although the classic type of the American Bully is the same height as the standard, this type is recognized by a difference in build. These dogs are less muscular and have narrower frames than the standard, pocket, and XL varieties.

    What is a Micro American Bully?

    You may have heard of a Mini American Bully, Micro American Bully, or even a Micro Mini American Bully, but the truth is that these are not technically varieties recognized by the ABKC. Instead, these are simply alternate names for pocket American bullies.

    micro american bully vs american bullyA “micro” American bully next to a standard bully / Image Credit: Joel Forrest / Barcroft Images

    If you are looking for a small bully, then you may try using mini, micro, and pocket as you search online as many breeders use them to draw in people to buy their pocket American bully puppies, especially if their dogs are on the smallest end of the scale.

    Just keep in mind if you’re planning on showing your American bully that you shouldn’t get one that’s too small or you may find your dog penalized or even disqualified for not fitting into the height requirements.