Have you ever come across the Micro Bully?
This newer designer dog breed, often referred to as the Exotic Bully, has been gaining popularity.
But what exactly goes into creating a Micro Bully?
Given the rarity of the breed, there is some confusion surrounding which two breeds are used to develop this unique dog.
Typically, Micro Bullies are a mix between the American Pitbull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier or Patterdale Terrier. While the Patterdale Terrier mix is a possibility, breeders generally prefer the American Pit Bull Terrier mix.
Micro Bullies share many characteristics with their American Bully counterparts but also have distinct differences.
If you haven’t heard of them, you’re not alone. The breed has numerous variations, which can make it confusing to differentiate.
One key distinction is that Micro Bullies should not be confused with French Bulldogs.
Though they may look somewhat similar, a closer examination will reveal the differences between these two breeds.
The idea of a Micro Bully, a smaller version of the American Bully with its kind nature, loyalty, and muscular build, may seem appealing.
However, the truth about these dogs is not as positive as it may appear. They are often the product of breeders with questionable ethics, misleading potential buyers.
To learn more about the American Bully breed, you can read our article “American Bully Puppy: The Amazing US Breed.“
In this article, we will focus on the Micro Bully, exploring the issues associated with them. We will also discuss the various types of Bullies, their prices, overall health, and the distinct characteristics these dogs possess.
Micro Bully or the Exotic Bully – What to know
The Micro Bully, often referred to as the Exotic Bully, is a distinct variation of the popular American Bully breed.
Although the American Bully is well-known for being a great family dog, it is essential to understand that there are various types of this breed, including four officially recognized varieties.
First, let’s clarify the term “recognized.” The American Bully is not accepted by the AKC, but it is recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) and other Bully registries. We will discuss these organizations further in this article.
Now, let’s delve into the sizes and types of American Bullies.
These dogs are categorized based on their height, which leads us to the four recognized varieties: Standard, Pocket, XL, and Classic.
Although the Micro Bully, or Exotic Bully, is not officially recognized as a separate category within the breed, it has gained popularity among some breeders and enthusiasts due to its smaller size and unique characteristics.
Different sizes of American Bully
The Hidden Truth About Micro Bullies: Uncovering the Controversial Breeding Practices
How Small Dogs are Bred?
Mixing with other breeds
Micro Bully vs Pocket Bully
|Gender||Height (at the withers)||Weight|
|Male||14-17 inches||35-60 lbs|
|Female||13-16 inches||30-50 lbs|
Despite their smaller size and compact build, Pocket Bullies still possess the characteristic appearance of the American Bully breed. They have a muscular body, stocky build, and thick neck with a wide head. Their heads are notably large, and these sturdy dogs boast a broad chest and short muscular legs.
The ears of Micro Bullies are small, floppy, yet firm, with a rose shape and average size, often set high on the head. Overall, they are proportionately built and have an unusual, yet muscular appearance.
The coat of the Micro Bully is short and soft, without an undercoat. They have a smooth coat that is pleasant to touch. These dogs don’t have a double coat, making their grooming needs relatively low-maintenance.
As you can see, the Micro Bully has a unique body type compared to the Pocket Bully, but both variations are muscular and share some similarities in appearance.
Different colors of coats
All the beautiful coat colors of Micro/Exotic Bullies
Tri-Colored Exotic Bully
Blue Exotic Bully
Merle Exotic Bully
Grooming of Micro Bully
But that’s not where the grooming ends. You also have to trim their nails whenever they get too long.
Clean their ears with a cleaning solution and some cotton balls whenever you give them a bath, and last but not least brush their teeth. Keeping up with their oral hygiene will prevent all types of dog dental problems.
Bathing + Tips for Dogs That Hate Baths
But, what if your dog hates baths? We have some tips that might help you!
- Start early
Your puppy needs to be relaxed during baths, so start early and help your puppy learn to enjoy the process. Make sure to let your puppy explore the bathtub when it’s dry and therefore less intimidating.
- It should be fun
And I don’t mean only fun for your dog, but both of you. Try to think of bath time as playtime. You could use toys and bring them into the tub to start associating it with time to spend playing together.
- Bring treats
Just like you should bring some toys into the bathtub, consider bringing food too. This way your dog will make positive associations with the tub (or another bathing area). Start with hypoallergenic treats such as Chippin, made with naturally delicious and eco-friendly proteins, perfect for training or reward.
- The water has to be comfortable
What seems like a great water temperature to you might not be what your dog prefers. Very warm water can actually be a shock to your dog, so keep it lukewarm.
- Baby steps
Start small, first let your dog get comfortable with the sound of running water. Then add a little water to the tub. Get just his feet wet, then his legs. Keep going from there. Make the process gradual so that your dog gets used to each step.
Micro Bully Temperament – Perfect for families, but…
The truth is that Micro Bullies share similarities with other American Bully varieties, such as the Pocket Bully, making them great companions and family dogs.
Proper training and socialization are essential to prevent any aggressive tendencies and ensure they are well-behaved.
Let’s take a closer look at the personality of this Bully.
Despite their size, a poorly socialized Micro Bully can exhibit a high degree of aggressiveness towards humans and animals. These dogs are fearless, a trait inherited from their American Pit Bull Terrier ancestors, who were bred for fighting.
This makes early socialization crucial.
Socializing any breed, especially those with potential aggressive tendencies, is essential for raising well-behaved dogs. Properly trained and socialized Micro Bullies will be friendly towards strangers, children, and older people. However, they may still be a bit wary around strangers.
Caution should be exercised when these dogs play with children, as with any other breed.
It’s never a good idea to leave a child alone with a dog, regardless of the breed. Both dogs and children can be unpredictable, potentially causing unintentional harm to one another.
Micro Bullies can be perfect for families, but it’s important to teach your child how to interact with them before getting a dog.
Set boundaries and explain which behaviors are allowed and which are not.
For example, teach your child not to pull on the dog’s tail or ears and not to push the dog.
By addressing these concerns and ensuring proper training and socialization, a Micro Bully can become a loving and loyal family companion.
Do Micro Bullies have health issues?
The Bully breeds have four major health problems
Other health issues
How long does a Micro Bully live?
As you can tell by everything that we have said above, the Micro Bully is renowned for being a healthy and sturdy dog.
Most of them will live long and happy lives with the average lifespan being around 11-13 years.
However, this only applies to puppies that were bred by reputable breeders. Micro Bullies bred by puppy mills or backyard breeders haven’t been checked for their most common health issues. That’s why many of them end up sick or completely deformed.
We can’t stress how important it is to do research on a breeder before buying a puppy.
That, in addition to regular vet visits, is the most important thing you can do to ensure your dog lives as long as possible.
Keeping the Micro/Exotic Bully healthy
Nutrition for Micro Bully
|Dog Food Requirements|
|No Artificial Coloring|
|No Artificial Flavorings|
Exercise for Micro Bully
Vet checkups and preventative medicine
Expensive Dogs – Micro Bully Cost
Here, we also have an additional article with more details, but we will certainly provide some basic information in this one as well.
Buying from a reputable breeder
Cost of dogs – American Bully dogs price
The Micro Bully Registries
The International Bully Register (IBR)
The US Bully Registry (USBR)
Accept all breeds
International Bully Coalition (IBC)
Exotic Bully varieties
Clean Exotic Bully
Some of the most desired traits of a Clean Exotic Bully Puppies:
Micro Bully – Conclusion
Micro Bully FAQ
What 2 Breeds Make A Micro/Exotic Bully?
In reality, they are a mix of the American Bully and the Patterdale Terrier. Since it is a mix of breeds, no major Kennel Club recognizes it.
The Patterdale Terrier is a small dog with short hair. Most of the time, they are black, but they can also be brown or red. They are very active and have a strong need to hunt. The Patterdale Terrier, which is also called the Black Fell Terrier, is an English breed of dog. These dogs and other terriers like the Airedale Terrier, Lucas Terrier, and Smooth Fox Terrier came from England.
What is a Nano Bully?
The Nano Bully and Micro Bully are pretty much the same things. There isn’t much of a distinction between them.
But if breeders advertise their Miniature Bullies as Nano Bullies and claim that they are even smaller, take it as a potential red flag.
He either isn’t even educated about what the breed standards are, or he is taking part in some unethical practices to make the dogs even smaller.
American Bullies aren’t supposed to be “nano”.
They aren’t teacup dogs, and even a Pocket Bully is only a few inches shorter than a regular American Bully.
Are Micro Bullies deformed?
Different deformities in Micro Bullies can occur, however, they are only a product of overbreeding. Overbreeding can cause different genetic disorders that could significantly impact the health of your dog.
That’s why buying from a reputable breeder is the single most important thing that you can do to ensure that you have a healthy dog.
A reputable breeder will make sure that the parents of your future dog are tested and screened for the most common health issues that could occur in this breed. The most common deformities are joint deformities, which decrease the mobility of your dog. Some of them are also bred to have a shorter muzzle, which could make it difficult for them to breathe.
Can Micro Bullies swim?
Yes, just like most dog breeds, Micro Bullies can swim. Although they are capable of swimming, they might not be as skilled as Labrador Retrievers and Irish Water Spaniels at it.
But if you’re prepared to put in the work, you can still teach your Bully to swim.