If you’ve never heard of the American Bully breed, it could be easy to picture instead, the American Bulldog. In fact, even putting these two side by side there can be many similarities.

Size and Weight

The standard American Bully male would have an average height 17-20 inches while American Bulldogs can be quite a bit taller at around 20-28 inches. When it comes to weight, the American Bulldog once again takes the prize with a max weight around 120lbs. Both breeds come in several size classes so for this article, we are only looking at the Standard classification.

Coat and Color

Both the American Bully and the Bulldog have short, Smooth Coats. Both dogs shed over a roughly 12 week cycle but otherwise require little care as the stiff bristles do not hold on to debris the way that long haired breeds might experience. While the American Bully comes in many colors and patterns including tris, brindles and merles. Conversely, the American Bulldog family is mostly white with a few dark spots.


Despite their body builder image, the American Bully is actually a quite goofy and fun loving breed. They are extremely caring and loyal but without the proper training, they may not know how to handle their own strength. And in-spite of their sometimes lazy disposition, these dogs have quite a solid reputation in the working dog world too! In contrast, the Bulldog is a bit more task driven. They have been developed in the American South as farm dogs and still have that drive in their DNA.


The American Bulldog needs a lot of physical activity and interaction. Both breeds are highly intelligent and capable but because the American Bully has been selectively bred for companionship, they are slightly easier to adapt to a modern lifestyle.


Both breeds have an expected lifespan of at least 10 years with the American Bulldog reaching a bit farther on the longevity spectrum. As with all natural life, if you provide a healthy lifestyle for your dog its likely you can get up to 15 years or more out of your new puppy.

Along the way any dog may develop health issues, in some cases they are hereditary, not due to lifestyle. It’s crucial to find a reputable breeder who understands how to properly minimize these occurrences through safe breeding practices.

In fact, the American Bully is known to be a very healthy breed with only a few common issues. Those being, hip dysplasia, vision problems, and sometimes skin problems. American Bulldogs on the other hand may have allergies and can easily become obese if not given the proper exercise routines.

I hope this article helped you to understand the differences and similarities between the Standard American Bully and the Standard American Bulldog. Both are wonderful family dogs and even have some sporting and work applications. If you are interested in learning more about the American Bully, please check out the rest of our website to see everything Showtime Bullies has to offer.