5. They can live 10 13 years

As long as you take excellent care of them, your American bully could live between 10 and 13 years. One of the things you need to do to ensure a long life for your American bully is to keep an eye out for these common health problems and talk to your vet if you have any concerns about them. Here are some of the common health problems that this breed may face: Elbow dysplasia – This occurs when the bones that form the elbow joint in the dog’s front legs do not stay where they should. Hip dysplasia – Most often showing up as a dog ages, hip dysplasia occurs in a dog’s hind legs when their hips come out of place, Demodectic mange – Animals with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to this parasite that causes scabs and hair loss. Atopy – This second most common skin problem in dogs is caused by allergies. Cerebellar abiotrophy – An inherited condition that affects the brain and nervous system, most symptoms will show up within days of birth. Cataracts – Although many dogs live for years with small cataracts that minimally affect their vision, others will need surgery to remove them or else face blindness. Progressive Retinal Atrophy – This incurable disease causes a dog to slowly lose their eyesight, first their night vision, and then their regular eyesight. Cleft palate or lip – These malformations of the roof of the mouth or lip can be purely cosmetic or much more severe and require special care and surgeries. Ichthyosis – Dogs with this condition will experience a thickening of the skin and paw pads as well as flaking of the paw pads. Hypothyroidism – A decrease in activity in the thyroid will cause dogs to gain weight, become less active, and lose their fur. Luxating patella – When a dog’s knee cap becomes dislocated, it will require surgery to resolve. Congenital heart failure – This serious condition causes the heart to become enlarged and fill the body with fluids. Something else that bullies are prone to is gassiness. This can be caused by a number of issues such as poor diet, food allergies, or bad eating habits. To avoid your bully suffering from gas, first make sure they are being fed a high-quality food. Then, start looking for other causes of flatulence in dogs.