Which Dogs Are Considered “Bully Breeds”?: 14 Breeds (With Pictures).

1. American Bully

Not to be confused with a Pit Bull. The American Bully, although comes from the Pit Bull family, they do have other breeds mixed in. As a result they are not considered pit bulls and have their own breed standards.

They have a lot of muscle and a very wide chest. They can look very intimidating but despite their tough looks. They are actually fun loving dogs with great personalities.

2. American Pit Bull Terriers

Also referred to as Pit Bulls or ‘Pitties’ are often thought of has aggressive dogs. This is mainly due to their reputation as fighting dogs. However, one has t understand that at that time they were bred and trained for that at a very young age.

Pit Bulls lovable, playful dogs and love people. They are also great guard dogs.

3. Bull Terrier

The original dog fighting breed. They Bull Terrier was created by crossing the now extinct White English Terrier and the English Bulldog. It most unique feature is the shape of it’s head with its long face and snout with a bit of an egg shape to it.

Known to be aggressive in it’s fighting days. The breed is now known as obedient and affectionate. Although they can be very protective and territorial.

4. American BullDog

Taller, leaner and more agile than their English counterparts. The American Bulldog were used going far back into the 1800’s by farmers for their catch cattle. They are working dogs and need to be able to move around often and complete tasks. Great Family dogs.

5. American Staffordshire Terrier

Also referred to as AmStaffs are smart well behaved companions. Extremely loyal and trustworthy. They are muscular and stocky terriers that stand at about 19 inches at the shoulder. Original bred to be blood sports dogs back in 1800’s.

By The mid 1800s in America the Staffordshire Terrier was bred to be larger than the English ancestor. Which led to the AKC recognizing them as two different breeds.

6. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs, often just referred to as “Frenchies” have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They are much smaller than English Bulldogs, with Big ears that point straight up.

They have hilarious personalities and are the perfect combination of a “lap dog” but with the toughness of dogs much larger than them. They definitely have the Bulldog characteristics and traits that separate them from most “small breeds’. Perfect dog for families or apartment living.

Read Article: How Big Do French Bulldogs Get?

7. Boston Terrier

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With similar appearance of a Frenchie ( big pointy ears). Boston Terriers are a mix of the White English Terrier and English Bulldog. They first came about back in the 1900s in Boston, Ma. Hence where they got the name Boston Terrier.



They are not as sturdy and muscular as French Bulldogs but are still considered pretty strong and durable for a small breed dog.

8. Bull Mastiff

Created by breeding a Bulldog and a Mastiff, the Bulldogs mastiff was born. They were created to guard and defend properties of the wealthy from the packers that would try to steal game. Despite their massive size and intimidating look. Bull Mastiffs are very loving dogs.

Extremely loyal and lovable to their owners. Interesting enough, this breed was actually trained not to be barkers or biters. A very unique approach for a guard dog.

9. Cane Corso

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Also referred to an Italian Mastiff, originated in Italy and is believed to be decedents of the Roman War dogs. These dogs were bred to be protectors.

They were also nearly extinct until about the 1970s when a group of men decided to try to revive the breed when a traveling salesman in Italy discovered one on a farm in the Country side. By the 1980s the breed was recognized again by the FCI.

10. English Bulldog

The iconic Bulldog. Used in many mascots and logos around the world. These short and stocky dogs with a bit of exert skin on their heads and face give them their very prominent wrinkles. They are not the sporting Bullys by any means.

This breed is more of an indoor breed that doesn’t like, nor requiring much exercise and like French Bulldogs, are very easily susceptible to overheating.

11. Boxer

The Modern Boxer dates back to the 19th century and originate from Germany. They were first bred to as bull baiting dogs and help butchers hear cattle in the slaughterhouses.

Despite their name. Boxers are actually not fighting dogs. They are great hunters and protectors, but is an extremely lovable dog.

12. Pug

Originated in China, and believed by some to be from the Tibetan Mastiff family. They were popular with the Chinese Empire. These dogs are companion dogs and crave a lot of attention.

13. Great Dane

A large dog breed, recognized as one of the tallest breeds in the world. Despite their size these dogs are very gentle and love to cuddle. Their personalities are more of a lapdogs than a large dog. Because Great Danes aim to please, they are usually pretty easy to train.

Due to their size they need a lot of room to play and move around. Walks are definitely needed with this breed.

14. Rottweiler

Considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The Rottweiler is history goes far back into Roman times from Rotweil, Germany. They were herder dogs used to drive cattle and protect their masters.

They are a very intelligent breed and can learn things very quickly, however they do need a consistent training routine to learn social skills.

What Are Bully Breeds?

Most people when they hear the term “Bully” in reference to a dog generally think Pit Bull or maybe an English Bulldog. Though there would be correct, Bullys are much more varied than that. A Bully Breed is a universal term that is use to describe various terrier-type dogs. A Bully dog has some resemblance to each other in some ways but don’t necessarily share the same genetics as each other.

Another misconception that people have is they tie the term “Bully” to a temperament or behavioral characteristics of a dog, but in reality it has much more to do with their history and origin. Bully Dogs are actually the lineage of age-old bulldogs and a maltitude of British Terriers.

The goal of combing the two different breeds was to take the strength and power of a Bulldog, with the agility and awareness of terrier. Thus the “Bull Terrier” was bred and was widely popular in England back in the early mid 1800s.

They were commonly used for dog fighting as well as bull baiting, where they would tie a bull to a chain and let the bulldogs go lose on it to try to seize the nose of the bull. This is where Bullys get their aggressive reputation, however Bully Dogs have changed into very loyal, working, companion dogs.

Characteristics Of Bully Breeds

Over the centuries Bullys have been bred to increase the positive characteristics of these dogs and are not like their ancestors of the past. Some characteristics are

  • Loyal
  • Fun Loving
  • Funny
  • *Excel in dog sports
  • Good Therapy Dogs
  • Some may be intolerant of other dogs

Misconceptions Of Bully Breeds: Myths

As outline earlier people will tend to link the word “Bully” with the temperament of the dog. They are often considered aggressive and dangerous dogs ( PitBulls are a great example of this). However if you’ve owned one you know that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Locking Jaws: I think everyone growing up has heard that Bully dogs have what’s called a “locked Jaw’ that once they bite down theirs jaws lock on to whatever they have and cannot be opened. This is not true at all.

Aggressive In Nature: This is also false. Like any dog, it depends on their up bringing. Sure, some dogs have different traits than others, but socialization and training is going to be key for any dogs behavior.

Not Good With Children: Bully are great family dogs. They are protective of their owners are great guardians for children.