Who is an Exotic Bully? The Ultimate Guide

There are quite a lot of speculations about the origins of the Exotic bully, but one thing is for sure. Exotic bullies take the world by storm and they have begun to distance from American Bullies since 2008.

An Exotic bully is a designer breed of dog that pull roots from an American bully but have clear differences in phenotypes due to crossbreeding with other breeds.

The Exotic bully was created by crossbreeding the American bully with other related dog breeds such as French Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, and Short Bully. Unlike American bullies, the Exotic bullies come in a wide variety of colors and they are all approved by the International Bully Coalition (except albinism). This foundation was found by Jorge Soto who is considered for a creator of this breed. This institution launched a standard for this breed and encourage breeders to introduce true genetic information into the Exotics breeding program.

What are the main characteristics of an Exotic bully?


Exotic bullies can be described as short, muscular, stout dogs with big heads. Unlike American bullies, they have shorter bodies and a higher percentage of muscles. Here is the list of characteristics that are approved by the International Bully Coalition.

Head: Large, wide, square, and well-defined. Circumference of the head should not be smaller than the height of the dog at the withers. 

Eyes: Moderately separated, while the rest of the head should be slightly wrinkled.

Muzzle: Narrowed nostrils are not allowed because they cause difficulties with breathing. The muzzle should be long 2’’ or less. 

Ears: An exotic bully should have rose-shaped ears that are neither flopped nor completely erected. They can be kept natural or cropped. 

Body proportions of an Exotic bully: 

As we all can notice, these dogs have muscular, stout, and powerful bodies. The chest part should be wide with rounded ribs and the depth of the chest should reach up to the elbows. 

Shoulders should be highly muscular and well-angled, while the tail should be set low by reaching the hock. Knots, curled, twisted, and clipped tails are not allowed as well.

The back in Exotic bullies has small differences between the sexes. In comparison with females, males have shorter backs, while both should have muscular, square, flat, and slightly raised back.

Colors: All colors except albinism are allowed in an Exotic bully, including rare coats such as mouse/blue, liver, Isabella, etc.

Type of coat: Exotic bullies should have short, soft, and smooth coats without harsh texture.

Personality/ temperament: Exotic bullies are known as calm, friendly dogs that serve as loyal companions to their owners. Since they belong to the Mollosus family of dogs who work alongside their owners, Exotic bullies should not be allowed to spend time alone in an extended period. 

Aggressive behavior is not desirable in this dog breed, and it may occur only if a dog didn’t get proper socialization. That’s why it’s essential to start early with a socialization program. The first lessons include interaction with other puppies from the litter and it’s the part where a breeder takes an important role. 

Before you bring your new family member home, your exotic bully will get a big part of personality in the kennel. On the other hand, the genes will play an important role as well. In other words, if your dog carries the genes of a French bulldog or an English bulldog, then you may expect to live with an affectionate and friendly companion. Exotic bullies are very dependable of their owners, so before you make a final decision to own this breed, I recommend you to take into account all the facts about living with this pooch.

Size of an exotic bully:  The recommended weight for a male Exotic bully is 37 kg, and the height up to 42 cm. Female exotic bullies may grow up to 40 cm, and their recommended weight is 32 kg.

Exotic bully lifespan: Like many other dogs with a moderately flat muzzle, these pooches live from 10-13 years. However, if the breed is inappropriately bred, you can expect a much shorter lifespan. Such dogs usually show issues with mobility or breathing. That’s why is highly important to find a trusted breeder who will ensure you about the health characteristics of a dog you’re buying.

Every reputable breeder will provide you with test results of health checks and will give you a sort of guarantee.  Our exotic bully puppies have HDA and ED0 hip scores that ensure you that the dog you get is fully functional and healthy. 

Exotic bully physical activity:  To keep a good tonus and muscle mass, exotic bullies require regular training and physical activity. Since they are prone to obesity, you need to feed them with well-balanced nutrition that your breeder or vet recommends you. Since these dogs have moderately flat skulls, they shouldn’t be trained in extremely cold and hot weather conditions. 

They are on a higher tendency to become overexerted and suffer from overheating and hypothermia. Therefore, when there are extremely hot weather conditions outside, I advise you to choose the early morning and late evening for strolls and training.  Other tips include providing your pet to have free access to fresh water during the day and placing his bed in the coolest place in the house.

During the winter season, besides performing playing and training indoor, you can choose the warmest part of the day for a daily stroll.

Who is an Exotic bully- Wrapping up

Over the few last years, the Exotic bully breed got a more desirable appearance that will serve as a standard of the breed. These dogs should have visibly different characteristics from American bullies and must give an impression of powerful, muscular dogs with blocky heads and bully build. 

Lately, many breeders start to use the name ‘Clean exotic bully’ to refer to a breed without any faults such as deformities, long coats, and other features that are not recognized by the IBC.