American Bullies and “Jaw Locking” Rumors
| Chris Mennens
American Bullies are NOT bred for fighting and are one of the most compassionate and sweetest dogs ever.
When you are looking at a new breed of dog, especially an up-and-coming breed, potential dog owners typically look for any reason the dog could be “faulty”. Each domestically bred dog has its dispositions (e.g., pugs are disposed to have breathing problems).
A common question asked is whether American Bully Dogs are predisposed to "jaw locking” or attack innocent people. Some say that bully breeds are like this because they feel less, or because they are bred to be aggressive. Rumors and stereotypes surrounding American Bully dogs, as well as Pit bull breeds, continue to surface even years after they were created - and are rarely based on facts.
Scary stories often scare away prospective dog owners from adopting or buying a specific type of breed for no reason except they hear that a type of dog is inherently aggressive or bred to be a fight dog. A lot of Pitbull’s and other Bully breeds are left unadopted or without a home merely based in these stereotypes, and there is no truth behind the nasty rumors of a Bully’s ability to fight.
Studies have tested the American Bully's jaws for extra strength, or the ability to “lock their jaw”, and found no difference between the Bully’s jaws and a “regular” dog’s jaw. There are no inherent structural differences, and no superpowers or extra strength with the American Bully. YouTube is full of videos that possible dog owners look at — some are beneficial to debunking rumors and stereotypes, but some show off the American Bully’s “abilities”.
The reality of the general temperament of the American Bully is quite different from the way social media goes about showing them off — American Bully dogs are not bred for fighting, despite their stature, and are incredibly gentle and loyal to whoever goes about adopting them.
They are known for their kindness and were bred to be great family dogs despite their humongous build.
Before you buy into rumors around Bully breeds, remember that no dog breed is inherently aggressive, and despite the way the American Bully is built, it’s best to check the facts.