American Bully Is Nothing But a Pit Bull

A group of American bully owners in Georgia is promoting the idea that their dogs should be given a second chance, along with all other pit bulls. They believe their dogs are different than pit bulls, and that canine violence is the result of how a dog is trained as opposed to what breed it is. The TV news station carrying their message says, “sometimes pit bulls get a bad rap.” Here’s the segment:

Could any of this be true? The answer is no. The “father” of the American bully, also known as the American bulldog and the Ambull, was John D. Johnson, who developed a well known fighting line of them between 1940 and 1970. As Johnson stated in a letter to Stodghill’s Animal Research Magazine in 1980:

“The American Bulldog is the same dog that was developed in England in the 12th century by the meat packers, to catch large bulls to kill for meat . . . . Then they started bull baiting with them, and they then were called ‘Bull Baiting Dogs.’ Later, they were registered as ‘English Bulldogs.’ They also were ‘pit’ fought over there [England], against each other, badgers, lions, and anything that would fight. They were brought over here [America] in the 17th century . . . . In the 18th century, England outlawed all types of fighting, and they were no longer needed in their present form, so they bred them down in size . . . . We kept our bulldogs in the [original] large state, and I have developed them even larger.”