Do American Bullies Like To Cuddle? 5 American Bully Facts

American Bullies at a glance can be an intimidating breed of dog. They are large, muscular dogs with a fierce appearance. Despite their appearance American Bullies are big softies and not an aggressive breed by nature. They make terrific family companion pets, but the question remains, do American Bullies like to cuddle?

Do American Bullies like to cuddle? As a whole American Bullies do like to cuddle. A lot. The American Bully is a highly affectionate family pet and loves nothing more than cuddling up with their family. This was one of the main goals in the refinement of this new breed. A loving, loyal, cuddly companion pet.

I just recently brought home a little buddy for myself and my Staffy. A pocket American Bully named Chester. In the few short weeks I have had him in my home I can say with absolute certainty that this breed likes to cuddle. 

I had read up a lot about the breed before getting Chester, and am learning more first hand. Stick around for some more insights into the big cuddle machines that are American Bullies.

American Bullies Like To Cuddle

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American Bully Chester cuddle on my lap
Chester my Pocket American Bully puppy having a nap on my lap

American Bullies are a relatively new breed of dog. Starting in the 1980’s and slowly refining their looks and behavior into the 1990’s when standards were put in place by the ABKC in 2004. The primary goal of the breed was to create a family companion pet. A big cuddly dog with a zest for life.

The American Bully was started through the cross breeding of the American Pitbull Terrier and several other breeds of dogs. The aim was to remove the gameness and prey drive of the APBT and focus more of the stocky bully breed features. 

“The American Bully breed is, first and foremost, a companion, exhibiting confidence with a zest and exuberance for life. Despite its powerful appearance, their demeanor is gentle and friendly. This breed makes an excellent family dog.”


As a result of years of selective breeding and behavioral refinement, the American Bully is known for their affectionate nature. They love to be near their family, cuddle with their family, and are very eager to please.

Even in the short few weeks I have had my pocket American Bully, I have noticed just how affectionate he is. And not just because he is a puppy. Chester loves to sleep on my feet, lay right next to my leg on the couch, and generally always be touching me. He is a little cuddle monster.

American Bullies Are Friendly And Happy Dogs

Many would describe the American Bully as the happy-go-lucky dog that just left the gym. These dogs are enthusiastic, confident, and highly entertaining dogs. They enjoy being around people and are often very eager to meet strangers on the street.

The exuberance for life paired with their confident easy going nature makes the American Bully a super easy going, friendly and happy breed of dog. According to the ABKC signs of aggression towards people, other dogs, or extreme shyness is considered highly uncharacteristic of the breed and it’s standard.

American Bullies Are Gentle And Tolerant Dogs

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Often referred to as gentle giants, American Bullies are big softies. They may have an intimidating look about them, but they are one of the sweetest and gentlest breeds of dogs you’ll meet.

American Bullies are also one of the most tolerant dogs. Especially around children. Whether they are able to withstand the tail, hair and ear pulling because of their build, or they are just that chill. American Bullies are very tolerant of children. 

American Bullies are also good with children when it comes to excitability. They can be very self aware of their size when in the presence of children and can remain fairly calm and gentle in the presence of little humans.

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American Bullies Are Loyal Dogs

When it comes to owning an American Bully you have a ride or die partner for life. These dogs are incredibly loyal and will be at your side through thick and thin. American Bullies bond very strongly, and quickly with their owners, and is one of the great traits of this companion breed.

One of the first things I noticed when bringing my American Bully Chester home was how quickly he bonded to me. He is still discovering the world and his new neighborhood, and can be a little unsure of things at times. Within a day of being home he would seek me out for reassurance.

Now that it has been a few weeks with my American Bully I can really see the loyal nature of the breed coming through. His constant eye contact, looking to me for direction or reassurance, and wanting to be always in the same room with me. I can tell already that his loyalty will be unwavering.

American Bullies Can Be Protective Of Their Owner

Because of the intense loyalty the American Bully has for their owner, they can at times be protective. This doesn’t manifest in outward aggression toward any stranger that approaches. As I mentioned they are very friendly, but if your American Bully feels you are in danger, they will do whatever it takes to protect you.

American Bullies Are Eager To Please

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The American Bully is very eager to please their owner. This makes training an American Bully very easy and enjoyable. They love to make you happy and are constantly seeking that approval from you as the owner. American Bullies are rather sensitive at times and don’t respond well to being scolded for disappointing the owner.

This eagerness to please has just recently begun to show itself in my American Bully puppy. We are in the basic stages of his potty training and obedience training. When I praise him for going potty outside, nailing a sit/stay, or pulling off a several second “leave-it” he is so proud of himself.

He will wiggle his whole body when being praised for his good job and be eager to do it again. A perfect example is his newest trick “shake a paw”. I worked this into our basic training of sit, stay, leave it, and look with little success for several days.

I coaxed his paw into a shake position, gave him the treat, and then tried again with nothing but a confused look on his face. We would move on to the other commands and try again later. Nothing for days on end.

Then all of a sudden early this week it clicked. I reached out my hand and said “Shake” and with a slight delay he put his big puppy mitt in my hand. I was so happy and praised him to the moon and back. Now he is constantly trying to give me a shake. That is his go to move now to get some praise. It is freakin adorable!

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american bully chester on couch

Back to the initial point about the American Bully. Do they like to cuddle? Heck yeah they do. They love to cuddle. This is what the breed was designed to be. A gentle, loving, cuddly companion pet that has the strength, courage, and zest for life any dog owner would love.

If you are considering getting an American Bully puppy and wondering if this is the breed for you, please check out my other post “The American Bully, Are They Good For First Time Owners?” to learn in more detail if this breed is right for you.

As a new American Bully owner myself, I can’t tell you how amazing this breed is. I have been a Staffy guy for years, and still am of course, but never thought I would own another breed of dog. I have to say the American Bully has won my heart of the past few months as I searched for a puppy to bring into the home with Ruby and myself.

American Bullies are wonderful, smart, gentle, loving, and most of all cuddly dogs, that will fill your heart, as well as your couch.

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