American Bully Lifespan: How Long Do These Dogs Live?

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Written by Jennifer Magid

Updated: November 3, 2023

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American Bully Dogs are a controversial breed and are even banned in some states and countries. They are also sometimes confused with Pitbull Terriers, but the breeds are different. American Bullies have stocky bodies and broad heads, and while they may look imposing, their personalities vary as much as any other dog breed’s.

An American Bully Dog was recognized by the ABKC in 2004.

American Bully Dogs are also a relatively new dog breed. Their development as companion dogs began in the 1980s, and they were first recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club in 2004. At the present time, American Bullies are still not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club. Here’s more to know about this breed, such as how long American Bully dogs live, and if they have any health issues.

How Long Do American Bully Dogs Live?

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American Bully dogs are a recently recognized breed.

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The American Bully dog has an average lifespan of anywhere from 10 to 14 years. However, some owners report their American Bullies living to 16 or even 18! American Bullies have some common health issues that may affect their longevity.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: These dogs have a broad, stocky frame that makes them more prone to this condition where joints don’t fit properly, leading to loss of movement and pain.

Skin Conditions: Bully breeds may develop dermatitis, a condition with red, itchy patches. They also can get hotspots, which are irritated areas of the skin.

Heart Disease: Bully dogs may be genetically more vulnerable to heart problems.

Eye Conditions: The breed is more likely to develop cataracts and other eye problems than some other breeds.

dog food for American Bully

With stout bodies and large, heavy heads, American Bully Dogs have a unique look.


Keeping American Bullies Healthy

Obesity is a common problem that affects these dogs, which leads to all sorts of health conditions. Keep them healthy and provide them with enough exercise. American Bullies tend to enjoy fetch, tug-of-war, and playing with a spring pole, which is a stick or pole with a toy hanging from it. When walking this breed, be careful since the breed’s shorter muzzle can make it hard for them to breathe in extreme temperatures or if they are overexerting themselves.

Bishop the American Bully

American Bully dogs need plenty of exercise to keep them healthy and happy.

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What Should an American Bully Eat?

Like every dog, this breed needs good nutrition to stay healthy. Choose quality dog foods with good amounts of protein and vitamins. Feed your dog based on their weight and age, and be careful that you don’t overfeed. Take your dog to the veterinarian regularly to keep them in tip-top shape so they can live a long, happy life.

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Jennifer is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on dogs, travel, and gardening. She holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from New York University. A resident of Connecticut who has lived all over the country, Jennifer enjoys working on trick training with her standard poodle, and spending time with her family outdoors.

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