Last Updated on October 16, 2021 by Jackie Castle
Have you ever heard of the Micro Bully? The American Bully is a newer designer dog, a mix between the American Pitbull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier. And this breed has many varieties.
A Micro Bully sounds fun if you think about it. All the great traits of American Bullies, such as their kind nature, loyalty, muscular build, and so on, just in a smaller package.
But, the truth behind these dogs isn’t as positive as you might think. In fact, they’re usually just a scam by breeders with questionable ethics.
If you want to learn more about the American Bully you can read our article “American Bully Puppy: The amazing US breed“. But, now, we’ll focus more on the Micro Bully and what’s wrong with them.
Micro Bully – What to know
There are four recognized varieties of the American Bully.
The only categorization that exists is by their height. This leads us to the fact that there are four types of American Bully:
- Standard – Which has a muscular body and is between 17 and 20 inches tall
- Pocket – Between 14 and 17 inches tall
- XL Bully – Males are 20 to 23 inches tall, females are between 19 and 22 inches tall
- Classic – The same size as the standard, but less muscular
So, where is the Micro Bully? Well, the Micro Bully doesn’t exist and isn’t recognized by the AKC, nor the ABKC. The only small version that is accepted by the ABKC is the Pocket Bully.
Now, we have to be honest, some breeders will tell you they’re selling a Mini Bully, Micro Bully, or even a Micro Mini Bully. But the thing is, they’re probably just selling you a Pocket Bully puppy. So don’t get fooled by them.
Even if a breeder is claiming the puppies will be smaller than 14 inches, ask yourself why that is. How were those puppies bred?
How small dogs are bred
So, where do small versions of classic breeds come from? The most common way to get a smaller version of a dog, in this case, a Micro Bully. is by breeding the two smallest dogs from two litter. These dogs are called runts.
So, breeders will find these runts when they are grown up and breed them, in order to get a smaller version of that breed.
But, this doesn’t come without risks. There is a big possibility the puppies won’t even be smaller. And they can even be sick.
These attempts to create smaller versions are nothing new, but it takes a lot of time and effort.
Pocket Bully or Micro Bully
If you want a small American Bully, then the Pocket Bully is for you! The male Pocket Bully is between 14 and 17 inches tall. Females are smaller, with 13 to 16 inches in height. A fully mature Pocket male weighs around 11-22 lbs. And the female weighs between 10-20 pounds.
Even though these dogs are smaller in size, they still look just like any American Bully. Meaning, they have a muscular body, stocky build, and a bulky neck with a wide head. These dogs have a broad chest and short muscular legs.
Their ears are small and floppy, yet firm. But, overall they are proportionately built and look beautiful (and a bit scary).
These dogs come in many colors. They can also be one solid color or have markings or be two-colored. The most common colors of Pocket Bullies are:
- black and tan
- blue and tan
- white and seal
Generally speaking, their coat is short and soft, without an undercoat. So, these dogs don’t belong to breeds that have a double coat.
What they’re like
The Pocket Bully is just like any other American Pitbull. So, they make great companions and family dogs. Of course, you have to train and socialize them well, otherwise, you’ll get a dog that easily lashes out and doesn’t listen to you.
It’s important to socialize them while they are still puppies. It’s important to socialize any breed, especially breeds that tend to be more aggressive, in order for them to grow into well-behaved dogs.
These dogs are friendly towards strangers, children, and older people. But they can also be a bit standoffish with strangers.
The average lifespan of a Pocket Bully is around 11-13 years. This is a healthy breed, but they can face some health problems.
The Bully breeds have four major health problems:
Congenital Heart Disease – This includes patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonic stenosis, aortic stenosis, persistent right aortic arch, and ventricular septal defect.
Hip Dysplasia – The most common health problem among dogs in general. It’s an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause lameness and arthritis of the joints.
Eye Issues – Like Cherry Eye which affects a dog’s third eyelid. It can only be treated with surgery. Besides this, they can suffer from entropion, where one part of their eyelid rolls inwards, then dry eye, and lastly irritating ulcers on the cornea.
Skin Diseases – The most common skin issues these dogs suffer from are Eczema and Seborrhea. They can be treated symptomatically. Bullies can also suffer from hotspots, or irritation of certain skin areas that are caused by over-grooming, parasites, or allergies.
Also, watch out for obesity and make sure your dog gets enough exercise, up to one hour of exercise a day would be ideal. This way you’ll keep their weight in the normal realm.
They are expensive
Lastly, you should know that these dogs are very expensive. Every American Bully costs a lot of money!
Of course, their cost depends on the area you live in and the breeder you’re buying from. But, if you’re buying from a reputable breeder, then expect to pay between $2000 and $7000.
This is a lot of money, but by paying that price you’re ensuring your puppy is healthy and well. You know their parents and get all the medical proof their parents are healthy dogs.
It’s definitely worth paying more money for an American Bully puppy, and every puppy in general. Many breeders will sell puppies for cheaper, but they’ll end up sick.