What Is an Exotic Bully, and What’s a “Clean Exotic?”

Dogs are undoubtedly a man’s best friend, and this is particularly Exotic bully true within the Bully community, as it represents one of the most passionate businesses for dog breeders, owners, and dog enthusiasts. Breeding practises have resulted in subcategories of the American bully, resulting in features that have grown to be exceptionally controversial.

In many discussions, the Exotic Bully and the Clean Exotic draw attention and pit network members against each other with differing perspectives on a variety of issues.

Within the last twenty-five years, the American Bully has emerged.

Continuity and quality of the breed’s traits and health have not been fully established. Therefore, it’s extraordinarily vital that you complete due diligence prior to purchasing an American Bully.

Because the breed standards are relatively new and have not survived for a long period of time, there is a lot of room for interpretation among breeders. This is especially true for subcategories that are even newer than the “authentic” American Bully.

There are four breeds of American Bulldogs recognized by means of the American Bully Kennel Club, or A.B.K.C. (the breed’s founding registry). From smallest to largest, the breeds are Pocket, Classic, Standard and XL.

Since breeding for preferred looks and preferences cannot be separated from breeding for the healthiest dogs, the disagreements between the 2 groups have escalated.

Despite this, fans of the Exotic Bully have grown to masses of heaps, if not greater. The community, however, is split. Half of the people despise Exotics and claim they are fake dogs.

The other half is made up of both responsible breeders and those who purposely seek selfish effects, regardless of health risks.

A Clean Exotic is a subcategory of the Exotic Bully movement that aims for a healthy and decent bully. With tensions so high in online groups, the new descriptive period will battle for validation.

What Is An Exotic Bully?

Exotic Bully
Exotic Bully

There is no doubt that the Exotic Bully is today’s version of the American Bully. The Exotic Bully’s designs have distanced itself from the breed standards that were previously common. Some breed mixing occurred previously, but around 2008, more or less, the Exotic Bully really began to gain popularity.

It remains controversial, however, because of the lack of agreed-upon breed standards for the Exotic Bully and its American Bully cousin.

Maximum “exotics” are derived from the American Bully, French Bulldog, Olde English Bulldog, Shorty Bull, and English Bulldog. Other forms of Bulldogs and related breeds are assumed to be included as well.

There are no breed requirements that are universally regular in the Exotic Bully network, so any blend, deviation or variant can claim to be an Exotic Bully. For example, extremely ordinary, descriptive trends of the Exotic Bully include; exaggerated capabilities on a smaller, greater compact dog.

A description like this is simply too broad and does not narrow down the generalized definition of the Exotic Bully. Exotic Bullies also tend to have extra bulldog-like attributes.

Which registries maintain the maximum weight and trustworthiness for the Exotic Bully?

Current Exotic Bully Registries

1.) International Bully Coalition (IBC)

International Bully Coalition (IBC)

The IBC was founded by Jorge Soto. Jorge has been a key part of the Exotic Bully’s growth. He is frequently associated with its creation, a fact that is the maximum these days. In California, his kennel is known as “The Bully Campline,” and his most famous dog is “Mr. Miagi.”.

There has been a lot of debate surrounding Mr. Miagi’s wonderful features. His unique appearance stands out even from other Exotic Bullies. The debate about look is rooted in the sires of Mr. Miagi, Marcello, and La Madrina of The Bully Campline. Additionally, it dates back to their very foundations.

In addition to setting up a breed trend for the Exotic Bully, the International Bully Coalition (IBC) was the first registry to do so. Breed standards are more than just modeling the “proper” appearance of dogs. A breed’s DNA possesses precise genes that are coupled with fitness concerns.

It is possible to develop bone, heart, and lung problems as a result of chasing a certain appearance in canine breeding. Breeders who do not breed responsibly and avoid mating puppies with horrific health will ruin their bloodlines, resulting in a growing number of sick and uncomfortable puppies.

This announcement was issued with the assistance of the International Bulldog Club and details the emergence of the Exotic Bully. An evaluation is provided of the evolution of another breed that strived for legitimacy in an already standardized and established breed with a proud history.

“Although we do not know the specific dogs, bloodlines, or origin of the dogs, major changes within the phenotype of the breed have occurred as a result of continuous infusion of various breeds. When the animals were brought in, most of the animals had not been recorded in Genealogical Records at that time.

Due to the frequent infusions, the dogs were very far away from the original proposed general via the American Bully.

Clubs, owners, and breeders were inevitably at odds with one another within that breed, just as American Pit Bull Terrier fanciers viewed the American Bully with disdain at some point in its history.

The feud continues to take place, with APBT proprietors claiming that the American Bully ruined the American Pit Bull Terrier by breeding out gameness. According to advocates for the American Bully, these developments are unnecessary and it makes excellent partners.”

2.) American Bully Registry (ABR)

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They aim to be a responsible registry that does not discriminate against exotic bullies and recognizes them as such. The ABR is a developing registry that recognizes exotic bullies. Incorporating puppies into the breeding network for the new subcategory will assist in preserving puppies’ safe and selling wholesome breeding practices.

To supply more exotic bullies, regardless of their reputation in registries, it is imperative that organisations like the ABR step up by recognising and rewarding healthy puppies and breeders.

Albert Murillo, owner of EOG’s Jawbreaker, Jorge Soto, owner of The Bully Campline, and Peter Banuelos, owner of EOG’s Bullseye are three of the most respected people within the Exotic Bully network and have established the ABR.

As a result of listening to the public, we have decided to take charge and provide a domestic service. Exotics are here to stay and are in a class of their own and we must provide exotics with a home, however, we also encourage and welcome all bully breeds without discrimination.”

There are currently four types of registration available with the ABR: widespread registration, single registration, litter registration, and at-show registration. The ABR actually has a breed general for the Exotic Bully…

In addition to being an extension of the American Bully, the Exotic Bully has characteristics and appearances that are more exaggerated and pronounced than its American Bully counterpart. Considering the infancy of this class, contemporary standards can be amended and changed in a manner that best serves the breed and breeder’s interests.

Due to its over-exaggerated characteristics and intense abilities, the Exotic Bully is hard to mistake for any other Bully breed due to its popular impact. The ABR does not condone or allow mixing of Bulldogs, even though Bulldogs are very influential in the breed.” 

3.) International Bully Registry (IBR)

International Bully Registry (IBR)

Founded in 2015, the International Bully Registry hopes to play a role in solidifying the Exotic Bully within a divided community.

The primary platform for the employer is Facebook. Jorge Soto is responsible for establishing and maintaining a number of the indexed registries as well as owning the IBR. 

Their amazing classes are exactly defined as:

“American Bully Exotic 

The American Bully Exotic is an extension of the American Bully Standard. It is an established breed recognized for its desirable functions.

An American Bully Exotic is characterized by an exaggerated blocky head, a large body and great muscle tone, all within a compact design.

It seems a bit suspicious that there are so few faults within the breed preferred, for example, easty westy feet and short or kinked tails.”

“The Micro Exotic Bully

Although it shares many of the same characteristics as the American Bully Exotic, it is significantly smaller, but maintains good muscle tone, girth, and exaggerated characteristics. As a Micro Exotic matures, it is determined by its fully developed height, generally 13 inches or under from the ground to its withers.

4.) U.S. Bully Registry (USBR)

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As one of the most renowned registries, the USBR recognizes the Exotic Bully and offers registration based on their standard.

It is led by President Edward Shepherd, Vice President Benny Chavez, and Director of Shows, Judges, and Representatives Toby Santos.

On their website, they provide what they call a general impression (of the Exotic Bully breed).

The Exotic Bully has begun to adopt a “desired” look that is becoming more consistent over the past few years and this breed standard will serve as a basis for grading the breed, with the goal of bringing about a more even level of consistency.

It is also important to recognize that the Exotic Bully is a continuing breed whose looks are still determined by the bloodline to this day.

Breed standards are established to protect the breed’s health and not to prevent breeders from creating their own versions of the breed. The breed standard will be revisited in a few years for revision if necessary.


“Exotic Bullies should appear to be strong for their size, compact to medium/large size dogs with a muscular body and blocky head.

The Exotic Bully should have a heavy bone structure with a bully build; the breed is a “head and front breed.” The chest should be wide to match the blocky head form.

Additionally, the USBR lists the following disqualifications: “Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid (one or both testicles have not dropped); viciousness or extreme shyness.”

So, What Do the Registries Agree Upon?

Even amongst the various registries that recognize the Exotic Bully, there are still a few faults that should be phased out of bloodlines as the subcategory strives for broader acceptance.

The faults include:

  • Knots, kinks, and short tails and long tails
  • Bites that are extremely overshot or undershot
  • Foot pointing excessively inward or outward

Breeders should strive to minimize the occurrence of the faults listed in future litters of similar dogs including the American Bully, as they are common in lists of faults in similar breeds.

For future litters of Exotic Bully puppies to have the quality of life they deserve, registries should not favor or recognize dogs with these faults.

What Is A Clean Exotic Bully?

There is a new term in the Bully community called “Clean Exotics” which refers to attempts to breed the new subcategory responsibly.

Atlanta has become a hotbed for Exotic Bully shows and hosts many attendees who participate in passionate Facebook groups and online forums.

Health Issues of the American Bully & the Exotic Category

Rogue breeders will continue to produce litters with little to no regard for the health of new bloodlines without civility and organization in the Exotic Bully movement.

Regardless of the differences in size and appearance, for Exotic Bullies, health must be a priority. Aesthetic traits cannot be continued if a dog’s paternal or maternal line shows any signs of irregularity.

In order for the American Bully or Exotic Bully breed to thrive, it’s crucial to know exactly what it takes to raise a healthy pup, as well as what health issues may arise with the breed. The beginning to a healthy life for Bullies is good genetics and good breeding practices.

As with any breed of dog, there are some health challenges that are more prevalent in this breed than others.

Bullies are at risk for the following health concerns:

  • Abiotrophy of the cerebellum
  • Atrophy of the retina with progressive severity
  • The hypothyroidism condition
  • Heart failure caused by congenital defects
  • Dysplasia of the hips and elbows
  • Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)

Bullies also have the following health concerns:

  • Atopy caused by Demodectic Mange
  • The cataract
  • Infection with ichthyosis
  • Patella luxating
  • Eye of Cherry
  • Atopic dermatitis

It is important to note that not every Bully will experience any of these conditions, but they are the most common health challenges the breed faces.

It will spell disaster for future bloodlines if breeders put aesthetics above breeding to produce healthy litters.

Desired Traits: A Guide

What Is A Clean Exotic Bully?
Clean Exotic Bully

When searching online, there are many different interpretations, and when diving into online forums and niche groups, the differences in opinion grow.

You may receive a different description of the breed from each person you ask.

The Clean Exotic aims to breed Exotic Bullies with respect and integrity. Its members agree that the dogs’ health is the most important aspect.

Ideally, the Clean exotic will have a shorter and more compact frame than a Bully.

Exotic Bullies request independence as a legitimate variety because of their shorter muzzles and more distinctive features.

On their website: http://www.usbulllyregistry.com/breed-info/exotic.html, the USBR provides a list of desirable traits of the Clean Exotic Bully. 


Generally medium length, deep through, broad skull, pronounced cheek muscles, 90 degree skull stop, and high set ears.

Minor Faults:

There is a slope between 100 and 135 degrees on the skull stop; the eyeset is narrow.

Faults of Significant Importance:

There is a slope of more than 135 degrees on the skull stop.


A high-set ear is preferred without preference for pricks, flat ears, or wide ears.

Disqualifications include:

Deafness that is unilateral or bilateral.


The eyes would be round to oval, located low down in the skull, and set far apart. Except for albinism.

Serious Faults:

The color of both eyes is not matched; the eyes are blue.


Injury-induced blindness in one or both eyes.


An upper jaw that is short and rounded on the upper side, falling away abruptly below the eyes. The jaws are well defined. The under jaw should be strong and able to bite.


Semi-close and even.


All colors acceptable.


Snipey muzzle; weak lower jaw.


A full complement of large, strong, white teeth meet in a scissor bite; a slight underbite is acceptable. The canines are wide apart, and the incisors are level.

Minor Faults:

An overshot bite is characterized by teeth or tongue showing when the mouth is closed.


A bite that is more than one inch overshot or undershot.


The shoulders are heavy, slightly arched, and taper to the back of the skull-minimal or no loose skin is present.


Too thin or weak a neck.


A strong and muscular blade with a wide blade.


A short to medium back can be accepted with a slight slope from the withers to the rump, or a straight back with a gentle slope from the base of the tail to the rump.

The lowest part of the topline is the beginning of the back. A slight drop off behind the shoulders is acceptable. As measured from the withers to the croup, the length of the bully’s back should be approximately the same as its height in inches.


An excessively long back for a person of the bully’s height.


There should be a deep and broad chest, with a deep rear and close-set ribs. Forelegs should be set wide apart to allow for chest development.


Short to medium in length, low set, tapering to a fine point ending at the rear hock are preferred. Docked tails are acceptable, but kinked or knotted tails are not.

In this regard, tails with kinks and/or knots will not be held against exotic bulls that are shown or residing in countries where docking of tails is either impossible or illegal.

Minor Faults:

We accept kinks, knots, and short tails.


It is preferred that the front legs are slightly bowed, the bones are large and round, and the pasterns are upright.


The pasterns are weak, and the elbows are knotted.

Faults of Significant Importance:

Extremely bowed front legs that inhibit fluid movement.


An outward turning of the feet of up to 15 degrees is acceptable. It should be of moderate size and compact.


The angle between the feet is between 15 and 45 degrees.

Serious Faults:

A measurement between 45 and 90 centimeters for the feet.


It is disqualifying to stack feet that measure more than 90 degrees.


Strong, muscular, and broad. A well-filled rump runs from the pelvis to the crotch and is well filled in on both sides of the tail. Hindquarters are in balance with the forequarters in terms of bone, angulation, and muscle structure. The thighs are well developed with thick, easily discernible muscles.

A side view shows a well bent hock joint, as well as well let down and perpendicular rear pasterns, while a rear view shows straight rear pasterns.


The loin should be elevated above the shoulders, and the forelegs should be slightly longer than the loin.


Having narrow hindquarters, shallow hindquarters from pelvis to crotch, lacking muscle, straight or over angulated stifle joint, cow hocks, and sickle hocks.


The action should be effortless and powerful. The action should, however, be unrestrained, free, and vigorous with powerful drive from behind. A bulldog’s “rolling” gait is acceptable.

The coat

Touch is moderately stiff and glossy, with a close and smooth feel.

The faults are:

Hair with curls.

Disqualifications include:

The coat should be long.


Colors and patterns other than merle are accepted.


The color merle.


The dog’s height and weight should be measured from its withers in proportion to its size.


  • Males must be at least 13.5 inches tall and females must be at least 13 inches tall
  • Males: over 13.5 inches; females: over 13 inches

There is a personality to the Exotic Bully that is unique to every Bully. The breed as a whole and all subcategories are intimidating while being far from vicious. They are very social dogs that get along well with children and other dogs.

It is because of the attention they receive, as well as their great companionship, that the Exotic community continues to fight for their four-legged companions.

The Exotic Bully and the Clean Exotic can be the same dog, but they are not necessarily the same. It is important to breed healthy dogs regardless of desired characteristics.

Hopefully, with a little regulation and organization, Clean Exotic can achieve the overarching goals of the community.

FAQS: Exotic Bully, and Clean Exotic Bully

What is the personality of an exotic bully?

This breed is closely related to the exotic bully but has a different temperament. The exotic bully is confident, courageous, alert, friendly, and loving, with a wide, muscular torso and prominent shoulders.

What is a standard exotic bully?

Despite its size, the exotic bully should appear like a strong dog. It should range in size from a medium-sized dog with a muscular body to a blocky head. Exotic bullies are characterised by their heavy bone structure and bully build, and as such, their chests must be wide to match their blocky heads. The breed is called a “head and front breed.”

Are exotic bullies healthy?

In addition to skin illnesses, skin allergies, skin infections, and skin infections, there are a variety of eye and vision problems associated with Exotic Bullies, including cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, and dysplasia of the elbows and hips.

How are exotic bullies made?

It was originally intended for the Exotic Bully to be a spinoff from the American Bully, but over time it developed into its own breed. As a result of breeders’ creative expression, breeders have created a breed that combines the more overdone characteristics of smaller bulldog breeds such as the French Bulldog, Shorty Bull, and English Bulldog, which have become a breed of their own.

Are exotic bullies aggressive?

In addition to their intimidating appearance, exotic bullies are often believed to have an aggressive or dangerous temperament due to their intimidating appearance. However, this breed is known for its friendly and good-natured disposition. The best way to shape a dog’s behaviour is to socialise them properly, train them, and be responsible for their care.

Are bully dogs loyal?

There is something particularly charming about them. They are playful, loyal, and fun-loving jokesters who remain playful throughout their lives. They are romantic, loving, and affectionate towards people. They are athletic, agile, and gentle, a perfect combination of strength and softness.

What is a mini-bully?

As a hybrid breed derived from the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Pocket Bully, also known as the American Bully, is one of the most popular breeds of all dogs. The Pocket Bully is one of the smallest breeds in the Bully family, but don’t let that name fool you—they are affectionate, loyal, and a very kind pet that is eager to please.

What are the colours of exotic bully dogs?

As far as the American Bully is concerned, there are many different colors: black, white, grey, brown, blue, tan, fawn, red, piebald, and also a mixture of these colours. These dogs are usually a mixture of two colours, or they can be tricolored as well. Read our guide for more information.

What is a fluffy bully?

Fluffy bulldogs are similar to other bulldog breeds in appearance. The only major difference is that fluffy bulldogs have slightly longer, fluffier hair than the average bulldog breed. According to the American Kennel Club, only short-haired dogs can compete in the breed show.

Are bully dogs nice?

As far as the American Bully is concerned, it is far from being a “bully” and is considered to be one of the most friendly and sweetest breeds around when it comes to the amount of affection they have for their loved ones. In addition to being big and muscular (and also having big hearts), these pups are extremely gentle with children and make excellent additions to families.

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