Bully Breeds

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What are Bully Breeds

A Bully Breed is a generic term used to refer to terrier-like breeds that were historically bred for “bull-baiting“.

Some breeds are called a “bully breed” because of their similarities in appearance to such breeds,
despite the breed not being used historically for bull baiting.

Bully Breeds as a Status Symbol

Bully Breeds such as Pit Bulls, Bulldogs, and Rottweilers have long been seen as a symbol of toughness, intimidation, and aggression.

  • Toughness
  • Intimidation
  • Aggression

Some of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met have been Pit Bulls and other so-called “aggressive” breeds!

Bully Breed Characteristics

  • Loyal
  • Playful
  • Athletic & agile
  • Highly motivated to hunt & chase prey

Why are they called Bully Breeds?

It’s not because they’re bullies!

Bully breeds get their name from their bull-baiting history… many of these breeds were bred solely for the purpose of bull-baiting.

What is Bull-Baiting?

Bull-baiting is what is called a “blood sport“, along with Ancient Roman gladiator fights, hunting, and dogfighting.

An illegal activity

Bull-baiting is highly illegal in most parts of the world today…
but would you believe that dogfighting was still going on in the US
until 1976 when it was banned in all states.

List of 41 Bully Breeds

The most popular Bully Breeds are: French Bulldog, Pug, English Bulldog, and Boston Terrier.

  1. Alapaha Blue Blood
  2. American Bulldog
  3. American Pit Bull Terrier
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier
  5. Argentine Doggo
  6. Aussie Bulldog
  7. Bantam Bulldog
  8. Banter Bulldogge
  9. Belgian Draft Mastiff
  10. Bhote Kukur
  11. Bordeaux Bulldog
  12. Boston Bulldog
  13. Boston Terrier
  14. Boxer
  15. Brazilian Mastiff
  16. Bull Mastiff
  17. Bull Terrier
  18. Cane Corso Italiano
  19. Catahoula Bulldog
  20. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  21. Continental Bulldog
  22. Dogo Argentino
  23. English Bulldog
  24. English Mastiff
  25. French Bulldog
  26. Great Dane
  27. Gull Terr (Pakistani Bull Terrier)
  28. Leavitt Bulldog
  29. Majorca Mastiff
  30. Neapolitan Mastiff
  31. Old Boston Bulldog
  32. Olde English Bulldogge
  33. Pug
  34. Pyrenean Mastiff
  35. Rottweiler
  36. Serrano Bulldog
  37. Spanish Mastiff
  38. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  39. Valley Bulldog
  40. Victorian Bulldog

Bully Breed Myths

Myth 1: Bully Breeds have “locking jaws”

The truth: Studies have shown
that Bully Breeds (such as Pit Bulls) don’t have any “jaw locking” mechanism.

Myth 2: Bully Breeds are naturally aggressive

The truth: Bully Breeds are not inherently mean & aggressive dogs, however, many irresponsible owners give
these breeds a bad rep.

Myth 3: Bully Breeds are not good with children

Myth 4: Bully Breeds have a higher bite force than other breeds

Myth 5: Bully Breeds don’t feel pain

Myth 6: Bully Breeds are more likely to bite than other breeds

Myth 7: Bully Breeds don’t get along with other animals

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Bully Breeds Aggressive?


Many people will mistakenly assume that Bully Breeds are aggressive and mean… this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Training is Key

Bully Breeds make great family dogs– that is, if they’re properly trained.

Obedience training is essential for any dog– especially Bully Breeds.

What Organizations Recognize Bully Breeds?

  1. American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC)
  2. American Canine Association Inc. (ACA)
  3. Backwoods Bulldog Club (BBC)
  4. Dog Registry of America Inc. (DRA)
  5. United Canine Association (UCA)

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