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Micro Bully: The Most Comprehensive Guide with All Ambiguities Clarified

Micro Bully: The Most Comprehensive Guide with All Ambiguities Clarified

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.

But how big do Micro or Exotic Bullies get?

A cute gray dog enjoying his time in nature

Source: Instagram (@americanbullymicrobr)

Different sizes of American Bully 

  • Standard – Which has a muscular body and is between 17 and 20 inches tall
  • Pocket size – Between 14 and 17 inches tall
  • XL Bully – Males are 20 to 23 inches tall, and females are between 19 and 22 inches tall
  • Classic – The same size as the standard, but less muscular

So, where is the Micro Bully or Micro Exotic Bully? Well, the Micro Exotic 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, a Micro Mini Bully, or any other exotic Bully. But the truth about the Exotic Bully is that 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? 

But, for the sake of this article in some cases we will call Micro Bully dogs the Exotic Bulldog, so don’t be confused by that.

The Hidden Truth About Micro Bullies: Uncovering the Controversial Breeding Practices

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 litters when they reach sexual maturity. These dogs are called runts.

Breeders couple runts, which are dogs from a litter that is much smaller or weaker than the rest, with other runts. They do this with the aim of having a litter of smaller-than-average pups.

They will sometimes even impede the growth of their puppies by underfeeding them.

Clearly, all of these methods are incredibly harmful to the dogs’ health and happiness!

Inbreeding raises the chances of inheriting a genetic condition or genetic diseases such as blindness or epilepsy. Aside from that, pups that are underfed and malnourished might have major problems with their skeletal, digestive, and neurological systems.

Of course, there are also other ways to get a smaller version of a dog. Now, these ways might not apply to exotic bullies, but you should still be aware of them.

Mixing with other breeds

Alternative to mating two runts together, there are other ways to obtain a Mini dog. Breeders will also trick you by combining some kind of dog with a smaller breed, such as a Chihuahua.

(!) An American Bully that has reached sexual maturity is crossed with another, smaller breed of dog.

Breeders will breed them again until they get the true appearance of one certain breed, in this case, the American Bully, albeit in a smaller size. This is generally accomplished by the second or third generation.

They will now market and sell them as purebred little American Bulldogs, despite the fact that a simple DNA test will reveal that the dog is not purebred.

After reading about how breeders obtain the little form of a Bully puppy, you can decide if it’s ethical or not. We can only tell you how it’s done and to be wary of these breeders.

An adorable brown dog with a golden chain in nature

Source: Instagram (@americanbully_unity)

We don’t want you to think that we’re completely against breeding small dogs, but generally speaking it’s something everyone should do more research on and decide for themselves if they want to get a mini version of a breed.

All of these ways don’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 a new breed or just smaller versions of breeds are nothing new, but it takes a lot of time and effort.

Micro Bully vs Pocket Bully

If you’re looking for a smaller American Bully, the Pocket Bully is the perfect choice!


Now, let’s discuss the physical traits of the Pocket Bully.

GenderHeight (at the withers)Weight
Male14-17 inches35-60 lbs
Female13-16 inches30-50 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

Besides the above-mentioned physical traits, you should also know about the possible coat colors they can have.

Your Exotic/Micro Bully comes in many coat colors. They can also be one solid coat color or have markings or be two-colored. The most common coat colors of Pocket size Bullies are:

  • red
  • blue
  • fawn
  • black
  • black and tan
  • blue and tan
  • brown
  • buckskin
  • white and seal

All the beautiful coat colors of Micro/Exotic Bullies

We’ve already mentioned that the Micro/Exotic Bully comes in a variety of hues and patterns, including chocolate, black, white, brown, black brindle, blue and tri-color.

But, we have to mention three special colors or Bully varieties.

An adorable Micro Bully relaxing in the yard

Source: Instagram (@omgkennel_boss)

Tri-Colored Exotic Bully

The Tri-Colored Exotic Bully has a coat that has three distinct colors. These are the most costly Exotic Bullies, with puppy prices ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. For example, a Tri-Colored Chocolate Exotic Bully can cost you up to $15,000.

Blue Exotic Bully

The Blue Exotic Bully is the second most desired and rare Bully.

This is because they are the product of a rare genetic abnormality.

The blue color is actually a diluted black. It’s basically a grey color but with a blue hue to it. As we’ve already mentioned, you probably won’t ever see a blue Weimaraner outside the USA. But they are slowly making their way to other countries too.

Now, this breed has two shades of blue: light blue and dark blue.

But where does that blue color come from?

Even though there are so many coat colors in dogs, all of those colors come from only two pigments:

  • eumelanin, which is black
  • pheomelanin, which is red

Both of these pigments have “set” colors that can be modified by different genes. Simply put these genes dilute the pigment into other colors. This dilution gene is the D locus. It lightens the coat from black or brown to gray or blue or pale brown. And, as already mentioned blue is a diluted black color.

Merle Exotic Bully

The merle hue is unpopular in many dog breeds, and it’s the same with the Exotic Bully. Even though it is a beautiful and rare color, some Bully registries allow them, while others don’t. But there is more to know about them besides their coat color, for example, you should know how to groom them.

Grooming of Micro Bully

Taking care of an Micro/Exotic Bully isn’t hard at all, they don’t require much grooming. But, of course, just like other various breeds, you do need to take care of them. But what do we mean when we say they don’t need much grooming?

What does that involve? We’ll explain!

Every owner should know how to take the right care of their dog and set up a grooming routine. For this single breed, in particular, that’s easy.

These dogs need to get a bath every 8 weeks, but of course, if they roll around in the dirt or start to smell, you can bathe them whenever there is a need.

But, try to avoid bathing them too frequently. If they aren’t too dirty, then just wipe them down with a wet washcloth.

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

You shouldn’t overdo it with the baths, but you should also know that baths keep your dog’s coat and more importantly skin healthy and looking good.

You shouldn’t bathe your dog too often because you can strip the natural oils their skin produces.

Your dog actually needs those oils because that’s they protect its skin.

If you strip the natural oils in their coat and skin you’re risking your dog’s skin becoming dry, irritated, and even infected.

But, what if your dog hates baths? We have some tips that might help you!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

Let’s talk a bit about the Micro Bully Temperament.

Many people wonder ‘Are Micro Bullies aggressive?‘.

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?

This is a healthy breed, but they can face some health problems and health issues. But, we also need to say that this is a fairly new breed and there is a lot we don´t know about them, so the life expectancy we stated is only an estimate. They can also have a fairly short life expectancy.

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 hip socket formation 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. You can only treat it 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. Your vet can treat them symptomatically. Bullies can also suffer from hotspots, or irritation of certain skin areas which can appear due to over-grooming, parasites, or allergies.

Other health issues

  • Joint problems: Almost all dog breeds have joint problems at one point in their lives. It’s inevitable. Usually, this health condition will start when your dog gets older. Usually smaller dogs have fewer joint problems, and a rule of thumb is that the bigger the dog, the bigger the chances they will have joint problems when they get old.
  • Brachycephalic dog breed: As a Brachycephalic dog breed they struggle with the characteristic health problems associated with the shortened nose and the rounded skull shape. These include breathing problems, eye problems, and labor difficulties. The more pronounced the brachycephaly, i.e. the shorter the nose and the rounder the shape of the skull, the more severe the health restrictions are usually.
  • Back pain and back problems: Back pain is very common in dogs! You’d be surprised to know how many dogs experience back pain daily. But, back pain can sadly be caused by several conditions like weight gain, injury, anatomical abnormalities, degenerative conditions, arthritis, infection, or even cancer. Of course, there is a breed like a Dachshund that is more likely to develop back pain, but the Micro Bully is no stranger to back pain either.

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.

But, despite all of their health issues, you can do a lot to keep your Micro/Exotic Bully healthy and happy.

A very short dog sitting on the ground

Source: Instagram (@thebullyvenue2)

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

There are many ways to keep a dog healthy, but the most important are nutrition, exercise, and regular vet checkups.

In this section, we will take a detailed look at how owners can keep their beloved dogs healthy.

Nutrition for Micro Bully

The first and most important step in keeping your dog healthy is feeding them high-quality food and feeding them the right amount of food.

We’ve already mentioned that the Micro Exotic Bully can become overweight easily, so keeping track of how much they eat, and keeping track of their food intake is key.

Maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to prevent obesity-related illnesses and extend the Exotic Bully’s lifespan.

Besides the amount of food you give them, it’s also important what kind of food you’re giving them.

High-quality food is also crucial in preventing health issues in your Exotic Bully.

Your dog should get all the needed nutrients from their food. 

Pictured is dog food in order to answer can humans eat dog food?

Is dog food safe for humans to consume? Which human food is safe for dogs?

If you’re not sure if you are buying the right food for your dog, please check with your veterinarian and get advice from them. In some cases, your vet might suggest supplements.

We also want to educate you on how to pick the right dog food on your own.

The most important rule to follow is that if you see a high proportion of meat in dog food it’s a good sign of healthy food.

But, if you see statements like 20% animal by-products, you can be sure that you are dealing with a low-quality product.

You can also follow this checklist to know what to look out for when buying dog food:

Dog Food Requirements
Grain-Free (Gluten-Free)
No Artificial Coloring
No Artificial Flavorings
Without Sugar

Extra tip: Pay attention to the packaging. On it, you can read how much of which ingredient is in the dog food!

Besides food, your dog needs fresh water too!

Make sure your dog has access to clean and fresh water at all times!

Exercise for Micro Bully

Just because the Micro Bully comes in a compact size, doesn’t mean they don’t need physical activity and exercise.

Regular walks, hiking, playing fetch, playtime at the dog park, or even swimming can be a great way to keep your pooch happy, healthy, and fit!

But, we also shouldn’t forget mental stimulation.

Dogs are smart animals, so besides physical stimulation, you should encourage mental stimulation through various games and toys as well.

If you have no idea what to do, we can help you:

  • buy your dog toys for mental stimulation
  • hide their treats and let your dog find them
  • build obstacle courses
  • practice new tricks with them
  • change up your walking routine
  • expose them to new scenery and smells

    There are so many options to keep your dog mentally fit too!


Vet checkups and preventative medicine

You go regularly to the doctor too, right?

Well, if you want to keep your dog healthy you need to take them for annual wellness exams!

This way your vet can perform all the needed health screens that can lead to early detection of health issues and diseases. They can also spot warning signs of serious illnesses.

Don’t forget dental appointments either, your dog’s teeth need care too.

Giving your dog preventative medications might be a good idea too, but please check with your vet before you start giving your dog any medicine.

When you take your dog to annual check-ups you can ask the vet about preventative medications for unwanted health issues like flea-related diseases, heartworm, tick-borne illnesses, and so on.

Expensive Dogs – Micro Bully Cost

Besides talking about the most common health issues of these dogs and generally all Exotic classes, their physical characteristics, and temperament, we also need to answer how much is a Micro Bully worth.

Here, we also have an additional article with more details, but we will certainly provide some basic information in this one as well.

We will be completely honest with you and say 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 and getting top studs, then expect to pay between $2000 and $7000.

The puppy prices are high, but please don’t buy from questionable breeders. Even though the puppy prices are higher if you’re buying from good breeders, it’s worth it. You’ll save a lot of money in the long run!

Buying from a reputable breeder

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.

By buying from a reputable breeder you will also get a purchase agreement for your puppy and a satisfaction guarantee.

It’s definitely worth paying more money for an American Bully puppy, and every puppy in general.

Many Bully breeders will sell puppies for cheaper, but they’ll end up sick.

So, please don’t just look for puppies for sale, but rather look for a reputable breeder.

If you need a recommendation as to where to buy your dog, then take a look at Venomline Pocket Bullies or Lous V Line

Venomline is known for producing some of the thickest American bully puppies and adults in the world, without sacrificing conformation or health. Their puppies are known for having large heads, dense bones, broad chests, wide shoulders, short muzzles, and being packed rock solid with muscle on short and compact frames.


While we’re talking about Venomline Pocket Bullies, let’s talk about Venom, the dog whose puppies were (and still are) the most sought after in the world!

The demand was so high that Venom’s owner had to limit the number of customers to three per week!

But the price of each puppy will shock you, each puppy costs around $8000!

Yes, you read that right, $8000 for one puppy!

Venom now has offspring in more than 14 countries and he is even one of the world’s most sought-after stud dogs (and they are bred with the best females).

But there is a good reason why everyone wants Venom’s babies. Venom looks like the perfect Micro Bully, with his bodybuilder physique, muscular build and we’re going to say it, adorable smile!

Venomline (Formerly Texas Size Bullies) is recognized as one of the top American Bully bloodlines. In the beginning, they were only available in South Florida, but now they’ve expanded with a second location, Venomline South located in Sparta, North Carolina.

So, if you’re in North Carolina and want a Micro Bully, hit them up!

With them, you can be sure that your Exotic Bully will be the best there is.

Cost of dogs – American Bully dogs price

As you can see puppies are expensive, and not only Bully puppies.

Generally speaking, if you’re buying a puppy from a reputable breeder you will have to pay a large sum of money, but what is it exactly that affects the price of puppies? That’s what we’ll discuss now.

The most important reason that affects the price of a puppy and why puppies from reputable breeders cost more is – health.

Good breeders will do genetic tests for their puppies, which allows owners to learn more about their puppies on a genetic level.

But why is this important? Well, by doing this they learn about any food limitations that the dog may have, as well as any health issues they should look out for.

Now, genetic testing can’t guarantee that a dog will be healthy their whole life, but it can tell owners what to pay attention to and provide them with information about all risks.

Genetic testing is a great tool, but it also costs a lot of money.

A breeder is frequently required to pay for many examinations for all of their puppies. They’ll add the fee to the puppy’s purchase to cover it. Some will claim that the genetic test is free, but it is included in the purchase of the puppy.

But there are also factors like vaccination, the area you’re in, how many breeders there are, and so on.

The Micro Bully Registries

You can’t register your Micro Bully at the American Kennel Club. They don’t recognize this dog, as it’s a mixed breed.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t register your Bully anywhere.

There are different Bully Registries, to name just two: The International Bully Register (IBR) and The US Bully Registry (USBR).

Let’s talk about each of these in more detail.

The International Bully Register (IBR)

The IBR was established in 2015 by Jorge Soto to provide a home for this Exotic breed.

They are registering dogs in all 50 States and also in countries all over the world. According to their website, the mission of IBR is to create a positive place for the Bully community to come together and enjoy the breed.

When this registry was first established the primary platform was Facebook. But, today they are using other social media like Instagram to promote and advertise their dogs.

But why was this registry founded?

Well, the reason behind this is that according to IBR the Exotic Bully is not a new breed, but an extension of the standard American Bully. But they just have different features like their exaggerated bodies and large heads. Besides that, according to them these dogs share the same characteristics as other Bully dogs, but just in a smaller package.

What’s also important to mention is that IBR believes that despite its compact size, the Micro Bully still has muscle tone, and strenght like other Bullies.

A cream Micro Bully with white markings on his chest

Source: Instagram (@blessed_beyond_bullies)

The US Bully Registry (USBR)

As the name suggests the US Bully Registry is an organization founded to provide a network of support, education, and documentation of Bully Breeds in the USA. They are providing registration services for all bully breeds nationwide.

This registry is one of the few that recognize many different bulldog breeds including:

  • American Bulldog
  • American Bully
  • English Bulldog
  • Exotic
  • French Bulldog
  • Shorty Bull
  • Standard pocket XL Extreme
  • American Pit Bull Terrier

Accept all breeds

What’s different about this registry is that they accept all breeds. They describe themselves not as a Registry, but as a community where all Bully breeds are equally loved, appreciated, and supported. There is no discrimination. Besides that, they also organize different dog shows.

The Exotic Bully has been around since approximately 2013 as a “breed” recognized by the USBR, the first Exotic Bullies were American Bullies that were exclusive to a few bloodlines that concentrated on the more “bulldoggy” looking traits and were beyond the “standard” set up for the American Bully within other registries. The reason why they did that is that these dogs were cast out by registries for not being American Bullies and not fitting their standards.

But, they also have certain expectations and a list of physical features all of these dogs (Shorty Bull, Exotic Bully, American Bully, and so on) have to meet. The Exotic Bully has to give the impression of strength, be compact to medium/large size with a muscular body and blocky head. They should have the appearance of a heavy bone structure with a bully build. And lastly, they can’t look like an American Bully.

As you can see, not every dog can get registered, there are physical features and expectations that they need to meet. But if you have any more questions about the registration process or your Bully, you can reach out to them through their website.

International Bully Coalition (IBC)

The International Bully Coalition is a dog registration certifying entity and organizer of cynophilia events. IBC emerged in Brazil through the passion of a couple to perform a decent cynophilia, one of them a veterinarian, with a focus on genetics and a postgraduate degree in anesthesia, both owners of the kennel Sunshine Bulls (specialized in the creation of American Bulldog and Olde English Bulldogge).

According to their website, the mission of IBC is to Provide a decent cynophilia, where dogs are the stars, with a focus on improving existing breeds, assisting in the development of new breeds, and regulating with documentation of mixed breed dogs. They want to be a reference in the registration of dogs and holding events in the industry.

And they are proud for acting transparently, with credibility with customers, seeking their satisfaction through an agile and responsible service, with ethics and respect for the creation and welfare of animals.

Exotic Bully varieties

There are many varieties or bloodlines of the Exotic Bully breed, for example:

  • Karate Kid
  • Micro Exotic Bully (which we talked about in this article)
  • Clean Exotic Bullies

There are so many more, but in this article, we’ll focus on the most common and most popular bloodlines.

Karate Kid

Owner: Jack Nakamoto

Location: Southern California, USA

Kennel: Nakamoto Bullies

Despite having a blocky head and muscular body the Karate Kid Exotic Bully looks absolutely adorable! These dogs have a big bone structure and thick muzzle and ears that are set high. Their chest is wide and their bodies short. They are 25 inches tall and weigh around 65 pounds and are the typical example of the Exotic Bully. So they absolutely fit the breed standards.

Clean Exotic Bully

If you’ve ever looked up the term “Exotic Bully” online, you’ve probably come across the “Clean Exotic Bully“. But what is that and what’s the difference between the Exotic Bully and Clean Exotic Bully?

The term “Clean Exotic Bully” is fairly new in the Bully community. If you google it you’ll come across many forums, Facebook groups, and subreddits that discuss this topic. But, to make it easy, a Clean Exotic Bully is simply an Exotic bully but without all the health issues and other problems that come with an Exotic Bully.

They still have that desired Exotic look, so a short and compact frame, short muzzle, exaggerated features, and so on. Everything that draws people to this breed. They are shorter, more compact, proportional dogs without the joint issues, high rears, limousine/roach backs, feet pointing to the equator, and all of the other issues. And most importantly they fit all breed standards.

Some of the most desired traits of a Clean Exotic Bully Puppies:

  • 13 inches tall or under
  • muzzle measures 2 inches or less
  • small and compact but muscular build
  • height and length are almost the same
  • underbite and clean bite are both acceptable
  • cheek muscles are very pronounced

Micro Bully – Conclusion

The Micro Bully or Exotic Bully whatever you want to call this pooch, is in general is a great dog, kind and beautiful. They belong to the group of very loving breeds who get along well with small children. 

You are getting the best qualities people are looking for in dogs. But they also need a lot of care, time, and commitment. So, are they for you? The good side of these dogs is that they are low maintenance and quite easy to take care of, but they do need training and a well-thought-out meal plan. Because this is an energetic dog, you will likely have to spend a lot of time outside with them.

They are small dogs, so they will fit into smaller homes too. Unlike Golden retrievers and other larger breeds, dogs with their miniature size are perfect for people who live in apartments. So, to be honest, they aren’t for everyone. Especially because of all the health problems they can develop in their life.

Fun fact: The Micro Bully is also called the nanny dog because they are popular among kids due to their size and adorable nature. But, despite that, you shouldn´t let any dog alone with your kid, no matter how calm they seem. Accidents can always happen and even miniature breeds could unintentionally hurt your kid.

A tan dog in the park on the grass while his owner wonders Are Micro Bullies Aggressive

Bad Reputation

We know that American Bullies have had a bad reputation at some point in history, but nowadays you will most likely find this dog cuddling up with their family on the couch, instead of getting into problems.

They love cuddling and sleeping next to you. They also enjoy it when you make the center of attention and shower them with love. It´s really little things like this that make a good owner-dog relationship.

Micro/Exotic Bullies are unique pets and will turn heads everywhere they go with their fierce looks, but be prepared that at some point you will have to invest a lot of money in keeping them healthy and keeping up a healthy lifestyle. 

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.

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A Guide to Determine the Compatibility of a Second Dog for Your Bully
My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.