Are you looking for a companion who is a fierce protector as well as loving and mellow? Not many dog breeds can fit this description. But we can tell you about a perfect four-legged fit — the American Bully XL. It is one of four kinds of the American Bully breed.
These dogs are fierce-looking and muscular — bred to look like armored tanks with a distinctive no-nonsense face. But inside, they are affectionate companions with great temperaments.
Despite being a new breed, dog lovers adore them and are fondly known as Bully Pit or American Bully Pit.
We will tell you all you need to know about the American Bully XL. From its origins, diet, to how to care for them and their common health problems. Read on and see if the American Bully XL is the right breed for you.
Origin of the American Bully XL
The American Bully XL is one of four varieties of the American Bully breed — an extension of the American Pit Bull Terrier. According to the United Kennel Club, the present-day American Bully breed is a hybrid influenced by the American Bulldog, English Bulldog, and Olde English Bulldogge.
Although the ancestor, the American Pit Bull Terrier, has a rich history, dating back centuries, the American Bully XL is a young breed. It dates back a few decades to the 1980s and 1990s when dedicated stock risers set out to engender the perfect family companion.
Early in the 21st century (2004), the American Bully Kennel Club was initiated, and it officially recognized the American Bully breed. In 2013, the United Kennel Club also officially recognized the American Bully pedigree.
As such, to get a pure breed that maintains the goals of the initial breeders, we recommend sticking to professionals who care about the qualities and bloodline of their American Bullies.
American Bully XL Looks
The size and shape of a dog’s tail give plenty of information about the breed. However, since the four are essentially the same breed, the only way to set these bullies apart is by scrutinizing their sizes. Their size ranges are as follows:
- The Pocket American Bullies are the smallest. They measure 14 to 17 inches in height.
- The Standard American Bullies are medium-sized. They reach a height of 17 to 20 inches.
- Classic American Bullies and Standard Bullies have the same height. However, the Classics are less bulky and have a smaller frame. One can easily mistake them for Pitbulls.
- The American Bully XL is larger than the previous three. Males can grow up to 20 to 23 inches, and females can reach 19 to 22 inches in height.
All variants have a squarish head, mean-looking chiseled face, large jaws, and strong, muscular bodies. It is not so easy to tell the difference between the variants when they are pups. But once they cross the one-year mark, the difference in size becomes apparent. The Pocket, Standard, and Classic American Bullies can grow to about 66 to 88 pounds. However, the American Bully XL grows to an astounding 80 and 150 pounds. In other words, a huge and powerful dog.
Other physical attributes unique to the American Bully XL include:
- A broad skull and chiseled face with pronounced cheek muscles
- A short or medium-length muzzle that doesn’t obstruct breathing or obstruct normal vision
- Almond-shaped, brown, hazel, or amber eyes
- A wrinkly face but with minimal lip looseness
- The ears are often set high up on its head and could be cropped or left natural
- Straight and sturdy forelegs holding up a barrel-shaped muscular chest
- A short lustrous that comes in a variety of colors
- The posture is often a slight slope from head to tail
The American Bully XL is a gentle giant. Since the initial breeders wanted family companions, gentleness is paramount! It is a must-have feature for all American Bullies.
Despite its ferocious looks, the American Bully XL is a kind, friendly, and affectionate dog. According to the United Kennel Club, aggression towards humans is uncharacteristic and undesirable.
They make great nannies, are patient with children, and often look out for them. They are also friendly and outgoing, confident and calm, giants who are not skittish around strangers or other animals.
It doesn’t matter whether you live in the countryside or a city apartment, or if you live solo or have a family, the American Bully XL is the perfect companion.
Training and intelligence
American Bully XL is intelligent, a trait they picked up from their ancestor — the Pitbull Terrier. They are also extremely loyal and eager to please. This combination makes them highly trainable and a pure pleasure to work with. They will learn and master multiple commands within a short span. Their intelligence goes a notch higher and can detect when the owner is in a potentially dangerous position and protect them.
The best types of training for the American Bully XL include:
- Crate training
- Obedience training, especially the recall command and the sit command
Diet and general care
Due to their enormous size, feeding the American Bully XL is not for the faint-hearted. They should be fed on a high-protein, high-fat content diet. However, they can also develop obesity, allergies, and frequent gas. So keep the diet balanced, and stick to high-quality dog foods.
You can also feed them on raw foods such as organic vegetables, fruits, organ meats, fish, pork, turkey, and eggs. Uncooked foods are excellent. They are often free of preservatives and taste enhancers and contain nutrition that helps to build the dog’s gut flora.
Such a heavy diet and well-built muscles can only mean that the American Bully XL requires plenty of exercise and enrichment activities to stay well. But their short-hair and lustrous coats mean that grooming is not as intensive as would be for other hairy breeds. So make plans for outings, hikes, and playing with your four-legged buddy.
When well-fed, well-groomed, and properly vaccinated, an American Bully XL will seldom have health issues. But you should also maintain a rigorous exercise and activity regimen. Your dog can live for 8 to 12 years. However, the gentle giants are prone to some health issues such as:
- Hip dysplasia
- Cleft palate/lip
- Heart disease
- Skin issues
Like all dogs, it is crucial to make regular vet visits, feed them properly and provide opportunities for sufficient exercise and physical activities.
American Bully XL — the bottom line
If you are looking for a tough-looking but affectionate companion, the American Bully XL is a perfect pick. They are confident, trainable, and friendly.
They can hang out with kids, and grooming is not hard — perfect for the city dweller. However, their muscular bodies and enthusiasm mean that they also like owners who can give them time. Time to engage in plenty of exercises, fun activities and provide lots of high-quality food. Are you the ideal pet parent for an American Bully XL?
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