It is quite common to think of the American pocket bully as an aggressive dog since it resembles a Pitbull very closely. But in reality, it is very different. 

When it was first bred, all the aggressive traits of a Pitbull were removed from the pocket bully. This makes the dog extremely loyal and playful and thrives in families with kids. 

These dogs are built quite strong with short stature, so if you are looking forward to buying a pocket bully for yourself, then keep on reading to know everything about the breed. 


Common NameAmerican Bully
OriginUnited States
Height 33-50 cm
Weight20 – 60 kgs
CoatSmooth, short and glossy
ColorAll colors
Litter Size4 – 8
Life Span8 – 13 years

History of Pocket Bully

History of Pocket Bully

When you look at an American Bully, most often it is confused with a Pitbull, which is why it gets a bad rap, but the truth is far off. The American Bully breed is one to produce a very mellow and sweet family-friendly dog. 

According to the American Kennel Club,  they do not recognize the American Bully as a standardized dog breed, but According to the American Bully Kennel Club, which was founded in the year 2004, recognizes more than 20 breeds of Bully. 

The American pocket bully first originated somewhere from 1980 to 1990 in the United States, which makes them a newer breed of dog. They are a result of the American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and many other Pitbulls breeds.

Understanding the Pocket Bully

Now that we are talking about the American Bully, you should know that this breed has three different sizes of this breed pocket size, standard, and giant. Most often, breeders use steroids to give these dogs muscles and the appearance of a Pitbull. 

Although steroid use has stopped since it was made illegal, the residual effects of the drugs can still pass on to the litter, and they suffer the consequences. 


Since the pocket American bully is related to the Pitbulls, they kind of have a similar look with pointy ears and muscular bodies. 

These pocket or micro bullies are generally smaller in size, around 13 to 17 inches tall. The standard size is about 16 to 20 inches, and the giant size of this breed is about 19 to 23 inches tall. 

Coat & Color

The American bully breed is a breed that doesn’t shed or have a long coat; their coat is rather small and smooth at the same time. 

This means they don’t shed as much, which is great news for the ones having allergies. Although having less fur makes them struggle during the winter months. So buy them cute sweaters in the winter.  

American bully pocket are available in wide different varieties of colors, so you can choose any color that you want to have. They are even available in tri-colors. Colors like white, grey, brown, blue, tan, and black and even colors like piebald, red, and fawn. 



One of the biggest reasons why these American bully dogs aren’t bought quite often is their temperament. Since they resemble Pitbulls, it is often thought that their temperament is also the same. 

Pitbull do have the tendency to be aggressive, but that is not true for Pitbulls in general. Still, Pitbulls are banned in many places across America from being taken out in public. 

But the assumption that the American pocket bully is the same is absolutely not true. They make excellent family dogs and crave attention and lots of cuddles and kisses. These dogs are not great as guard dogs as they will gladly wag their tail at a stranger.  

Training & Socialization

Training & Socialization

The American pocket bully is a breed that does not require much training. They are easily trained as they are quite intelligent. Often picking up on commands easily on a daily basis. 

Pocket or micro bullies require rewards after every good job. If you start training them when they are pocket bully puppy, then they become very obedient and well-mannered till they grow up. 

The Pocket American Bully are very sociable dogs and loves to be around humans. They cannot be further than the reputation that they get quite often. You should take your pocket bully out and about since they are young to help them get accustomed to the outside world. 

Health Issues

Health Issues

Being quite a new breed of dog, specific health issues are yet to be discovered. But there are a few health issues that concern the pocket bully breed. 

• Cherry Eye

This happens when the gland that is under the eye protrudes and looks like a cherry around the corner of the eyes.  When this happens, you need to remove that gland by taking your pocket bully to the vet. 

• Hip Dysplasia

This is what happens when the thigh bones don’t fit properly inside the hip joint. This causes pain and also lameness on both rear legs. Though it can be fixed after surgery. 

• Elbow Dysplasia

An elbow dysplasia is quite common among large dogs. This happens with irregular growth rates and can even cause lameness. This, too, can be fixed after surgery. 

Food & Diet

Food & Diet

Since the size of the pocket bully differs, it can be difficult to estimate exactly how much they actually need to eat. But the average amount is to feed 30 calories for each pound of body weight. So feed your dog on the basis of its weight. 

It is often advised that you split the meals of your pocket bully puppy into two parts. The food that you feed them should be highly nutritious. 

Wrapping Up!

If you are thinking of buying a pocket bully but is scared that it might be like a Pitbull, then let me assure you that they are very different from each other. 

They have nothing in common with each other, they are even different breeds of dogs. So buy your own cuddly little pocket bully without any doubt.

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Nabamita Sinha loves to write about lifestyle and pop-culture. In her free time, she loves to watch movies and TV series and experiment with food. Her favorite niche topics are fashion, lifestyle, travel, and gossip content. Her style of writing is creative and quirky.

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