Originally Posted by SadieBlues
How does a type of dog become a breed? Is it through a set breeding standard for so many generations ? I didn't know that ... so I am asking I always referred to the ambully as a breed of dog because they can be registered with the ABKC as such and they have been bred for awhile now not consistently for type but the ambully has been around since at least the 90's right? Not really sure now so how does it work?
add tha ambiguous conformation to the equation. What exactly is their breed standard? It would appear that a wide variety of shapes and sizes qualify.
Maybe I can attempt to spell it out:
The Am Bully has the appearance of an docile, thick, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, and of large to extreme structure. Expression alert, curious, and disinterested.
Proportion and Symmetry--All points are unevenly distributed and bear no relation one to the other; any feature being in such prominence from either excess or lack of quality that the animal appears poorly proportioned.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Weight not to exceed 1000 pounds; under 90 pounds is a disqualification. Proportion--Distance from withers to ground in any relation to distance from withers to onset of tail, so that animal appears wder than it is tall, unbalanced and in disproportion. Substance--Muscular, heavy bone.
Head large and square. Eyes any color, wide apart, set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, round in form, of moderate size, either sunken or bulging. Haw and white of the eye showing when looking forward. The muzzle broad, deep and well laid back; the muscles of the cheeks well developed. The stop well defined, causing a hollow groove between the eyes with heavy wrinkles forming a soft roll over the extremely short nose; nostrils broad with a well defined line between them. Nose black,blue,red. Flews black, thick and broad, hanging over the lower jaw at the sides, meeting the underlip in front and covering the teeth, which are not seen when the mouth is closed. The underjaw is deep, square, broad, undershot and well turned up.
Neck, , Body
disproportionately large neck in comparison to rest of body
Forelegs are short, stout, bowed, muscular and set wider apart than height at the withers. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet are large in size, splayed and loosely set.
Hind legs are there.
Coat is moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles.
Acceptable colors - All colors are acceptable, blue being highly prized for it's rarity
, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black, merle.
deliberate yet sloppy with some drive while struggling to bteath.
Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and even disposition; generally lazy, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.