Bully Breed Dogs

“Bully dogs” is a term that covers various breeds, not just one. You might recognize English Bulldog or American Bully Terrier as examples. But there are more, such as the Boxer. They’re all part of this group because they come from strong, ancient dogs in Greece known as Molossers.

Bully Breed Dogs

Some people thought they were mean, but they weren’t more aggressive than other dogs. When they meet others and learn well, they can be great friends. In this blog post, we’ll explore and learn about popular Bull breeds. We’ll also know about their history and why they are considered such great companions.

Why Are They Called Bully?

You might think ‘bully’ means these dogs are mean, but it’s about their ancestors, not their nature. The name comes from ancient big, strong dogs in Greece called Molossers. Over time, they were used in cruel sports, and the name stuck.


Today, ‘bulldog spirit’ means strength and resilience. People think all bully breeds are tough, but it’s not true. With proper training, they’re no more aggressive than other dogs.

Popular Bully Dog Breeds

The Bully breeds are popular family dogs, and breeders have worked to make them great. They can be athletic and work hard but are calm and sweet, too. People train and use them in sports, military, police, and rescue teams. Below are some popular and loving Bully breeds that you should know about.

  1. American Bully

The American Bully is a new breed from the 2000s. It’s a mix of Pitbull and Terrier. They wanted a strong dog with a calm nature. American Bullies can weigh 44 to 132 pounds and have many colors.

  1. American Bulldog

The American Bulldog comes from the English Bulldog. When they came to America, they started their path. People bred them for different jobs like guarding farms and catching. They were great at catching wild pigs.

  1. American Staffordshire Terrier

These terriers are strong and muscular, about 17 to 19 inches tall. They have a head like other bully dogs. Despite their sturdy look, they are graceful. The American Staffordshire Terrier is known for its big personality, and they are easy to train and like challenges.

  1. Boston Terrier

The Boston Terriers are real bullies, though they look different. They’re famous for their black and white tuxedo colors. Their heads are square, and their noses are short, like other bully dogs. Unlike most bullies, they’re good for city living.

  1. Boxer

The Boxers are super popular. The Males can be 25 inches tall, but females are smaller. They are strong and need daily exercise. They are patient and protective sometimes. Families with kids love them, but they need to meet lots of people early on because they’re protective by nature.

  1. Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is not as huge as a Mastiff but can weigh over 100 pounds. They have a big head and dark eyes. They’re great at protecting and making good companions, but they need training and meeting others.

  1. Bull Terrier

These terriers have egg-shaped heads and long muzzles and can be white or other colors. They love exercise and need early training and meeting others. They enjoy family time and have big personalities.

  1. Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a big dog, over 100 pounds, with a large head. They were guard dogs and still act like protectors. They are loyal, smart, and learn well with training. When you make them meet many others early, they become good companions.

  1. Caucasian Shepherd Dog

These dogs may look different, but they’re also protective like others here. They’re not very common but can be good companions with the right training. There are two types: mountain with long fur and steppe, which is smaller with short fur.

  1. Dogo Argentino

These dogs are big and strong, like other bullies, with strong heads. They were bred to hunt big animals together, so they’re muscular and can keep going for a while. They need some exercise as they’re smart and alert but not so protective.

  1. English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is the first bulldog. They have wrinkled heads, a serious look, and a funny walk. Their short, shiny fur comes in many colors. They are relaxed but need walks and good food. They can get sick easily and don’t like hot weather.

  1. English Mastiff

The English Mastiff is huge, taller than 30 inches for males, and can be heavier than humans. Their heads are big, too. Despite their size, they are calm and gentle, good for families with kids. They protect but aren’t mean to strangers.

  1. French Bulldog

The French Bulldogs are smaller than English Bulldogs, with pointy “bat ears” and big heads. Their coats come in many colors. They are special because they don’t bark a lot but stay alert. They can be good watchful dogs.

  1. Great Dane

These Bully breeds are huge, up to 32 inches tall. They’re athletic and elegant and come in different colors, like black and white. They are cute but also watch over homes. Children adore them for their patience.

  1. Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is incredibly big with lots of wrinkles. They’re noble and were bred to guard due to their size. They are usually sweet and calm but can act fast when needed.

  1. Olde English Bulldogge

The old English Bulldogges are like regular English Bulldogs but look more like old bulldogs from the 1800s. They are good companions and can work too. They’re healthier than other bulldogs and are confident and friendly.

  1. Pug

Pugs are famous in the U.S. but not very healthy. Health issues, even breathing surgeries, are common in this breed. They’re small and fit for cities but don’t need lots of exercise due to breathing problems. They like moderate weather because they can’t handle heat well.

  1. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are big dogs, around 24 to 27 inches tall and have a strong coat with brown marks. If trained well, they’re confident, not mean. They were made for guarding but can be good friends as they love to play with humans.

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire Bull Terriers are short but heavy. They look a bit like old bulldogs but smaller and used to be mean, but now they’re sweet. They’re loyal and good with kids.

Last Words

Bully dog breeds are a group of friendly and loyal dogs. They may look different, like the English Bulldog or Boxer, but they all come from strong ancestors in Greece. These dogs had jobs like guarding and even sports like bull-baiting, but that’s in the past. Now, they are great companions for families and show that a dog’s character is more than just its appearance.

By Gagnon

Dedicated Veterinarian with a passion for animal care and well-being. Extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of medical conditions in diverse animal species. Committed to providing compassionate and effective healthcare to furry and feathered friends.