A majority of people always tend to confuse the difference between The American Pit Bull breed with The American Bully Breed. In the United States, American Bully popularity has increased in recent times and is quickly becoming America’s fastest-growing dog breed, in our opinion.

Most people assume the two to be a single breed while the difference is clear in that an average person would tell it if only he had some information about them.

So, what is the difference between the two breeds?


The History

The American Pitbull Terrier, or American Staffordshire Terrier, was breed originally in the 1800s to be a competitive kind of dog. It was used for dog fighting during those times when dogfighting was still very legal, unapologetic, unashamed and rampant here in the USA.

This describes its aggressive nature, but it is balanced with a tolerant nature that prevents it from biting the people handling it. It is more of a gladiator kind of dog and wouldn’t harm a human. With dog fighting now illegal and even more so, highly frowned upon, it is now taken as a pet.

The American Bully breed dog was bred in the early 1990s (around 1994 or so) with a sole purpose of creating an ideal canine companion to people, their children and also their other pets.

Through years of selective and precise breeding practices, The American Bully has truly become loyal and very friendly to its owner’s in spite of it tough and rough looks that may make people think otherwise, and think so quickly!

The Body

The American Pit Bull has a wide and deep chest, but the chest width does not exceed the depth. Its fore-chest does not go beyond the point of its shoulders.

Its ribs extend well back into a form that is more flattering from the spine, giving it a deep body that goes up to its elbows. Its body is slightly inclined to the back, and it is very muscular and broad. The American Bullies tend to possess deep chests with well-sprung ribs, yet not exaggerated.

Fore chest extension does not go beyond the shoulder point. Its back is firm, strong and wide. It’s croup slants slightly downwards to the tail base and short yet wide loins.

The Behavior

The well-known American Pit Bull makes a great family companion. However, most dogs of this breed have a certain level of canine aggressiveness coupled with a powerful physique. Its owner must carefully train it to socialize and obedience as well.

In most cases, it is friendly to strangers who make it not the best option for a guard dog. Its intelligence level is high and great agility. On the other hand, The American Bully tends to be much more gentle, coupled with a more domesticated, less aggressive, friendly behavior. The breed is well known for it’s great tolerance and affection to children as well as strangers & other dogs.

It is a very lively dog making it a very good option as an ideal family companion dog.

The Head

When viewed from a front point, The American Pitbull breed dog’s head assumes a broad yet blunt edge shape. When viewed from the side, its muzzle and the skull appears to be in parallel with each other.

It’s well proportionate, broad and large body gives an impression of having great power. Cheeks wrinkle-free yet prominent.

When the dog is concentrating, some wrinkles forms on its forehead. The American Bully’s head is large and broad in that it has no disproportionate size compared to the overall size of its body (Limbs and Body).

It has a well opened large nostrils with pigments of any color that sometimes is proportionate to the body. The muzzle is somehow shorter than the skull making it look broad and blocky.

The Size

The traditional American Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier, or American Pitbull Terrier to be exact, is a dog with a medium-size body and weighs about 30 to 70 pounds. Its shoulders stand out to about 18 to 22 inches. The American Bully dog breed at large is almost of equivalent size, but it weighs more like 50 to 120 pounds, in many cases.