How to Care for an American Bully Dog
They may look fierce, but American bullies tend to be among the most affectionate of dogs, and are perfect for people who love dogs with a big character but don't have enough space for bigger breeds at home.
Their gentle nature doesn't seem to go with their threatening appearance, but American bullies make great companions for their owners and fit right into the family. This OneHowTo article will explain how to look after an American bully, so you'll learn a bit more about them and, no doubt, fall in love with them too.
Characteristics of An American Bully
The American bully is a relatively new breed that first appeared in the early 1980s, and is an offshoot of the pit bull family. Its physical appearance makes it look like a strong, fierce dog, not only because it resembles a pit bull, but also due to its thick body, large head and high set ears, which make it look somewhat bad-tempered.
These dogs are ideal companions that are loyal to their families, and have a gentle nature, even around small children, who they love playing and spending time with.
As far as caring for your dog is concerned, it's important to consider the basics: hygiene, food and especially exercise. They are not dogs that need lots of looking after, and are usually very healthy.
The Fur or Coat
American bullies have really short fur that's easy to take care of, as it doesn't need regular brushing or much looking after. It's important to use a special dog shampoo when you give it a bath, which you should do every two to three weeks depending on the condition of its coat. To prevent bad odours and skin irritations, it will need to dry off in the sun after having a bath, and you can also use a hair dryer to help with this.
It's absolutely essential to take care of your dog's wrinkles, making sure they're always clean and above all dry. Drying your dog's wrinkles will prevent skin diseases or irritations that will involve future trips to the vet. This OneHowTo article explains how to take care of your dog's fur.
The Best Diet For an American Bully
When it's still a very young puppy, you should feed your dog 4 times a day: morning, noon, afternoon and evening. The food should be specially designed for puppies. Ideally, it should be premium quality and made specifically for a particular stage in its development, depending on its age.
From 5 months, you can reduce the number of times you feed it per day to three, matching a human meal schedule: morning, midday and evening. It's important that you increase the quantity of the food when you stop one of the feeding sessions, so that the dog can last until its next meal.
Walks and exercise
It's important to take your American bully for a walk only after the age of 3 months, or when it has had all its vaccines, otherwise this could be dangerous for its health. Take it for a walk at least twice a day, and make sure it has days of intensive activity that will stimulate it physically and mentally, but be careful not to overdo things; like many other breeds, American bullies can suffer from bone and joint disease, which can lead to elbow and hip dislocations.
Tip: It's important to cut your dog's nails regularly, but it's better if you leave this to your vet unless you have sufficient knowledge and experience.
American bully's care
So now that you know how to care for an American Bully dog. If you want to take care about your dog and make him happy remember to buy special food and a suitable bed.
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