In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the colors and patterns of American Bullies to get a better understanding of how they come together to create a unique look for each pup.
From solid hues to rare shades, we’ll explore what makes these coats so special and discover why your American Bully looks so good in whatever hue you choose!
American Bully Colours: Pigments
Before Diving into the types of colors we need to understand how these colors are produced.
There are two colour-producing pigments i.e. Eumelanin and Pheomelanin. The combination of these pigments is responsible for all the different types of colors that see in your American bully pup.
- Eumelanin– responsible for black and dark brown colors
- pheomelanin – responsible for producing cream, yellow, and reddish-brown colors
American bullies can come in various colors like Red, black, white, Fawn, Brown, Blue, Tan, etc to name a few. Below will discuss color groups in detail
American Bully Color: Groups
There are various colour groups in the American bully like Solid color, Mixed color, Uncommon colors
I. Solid Colors / Solid Color with marking-
A Solid colour American bully is an American bully with one color covering its whole entire body not that difficult to understand uh! Following are coats that fall under the solid colors-
Black Coat Color-
This is one of the most commonly seen colorations in American Bullies, and it can range from jet black to steel gray. The solid Black color is the result of more concentration of eumelanin in the coat. Black is a dominating gene meaning there is no need that both of the parents should possess the black gene to have offspring with black genes. Either one of the parents possessing the black gene will do the job.
Blue Coat Color-
Blue-coat American bullies are becoming quite popular as it gives them a unique intimidating appearance. Bluecoat colour is caused due to dilution gene. The blue color of the coat can range from bluish-grey to light blue. It typically exhibits a blue-colored nose.
Brindle Coat Color-
The brindle coat pattern in American Bully dogs is impacted by two genes: the K locus gene and the Agouti signaling protein (ASIP) gene.
The K locus gene, also called the brindle gene, is responsible for how black pigment (eumelanin) is spread in the coat.
When a dog has the brindle gene, eumelanin is produced normally, but its distribution is changed, creating the brindle pattern. However, the intensity of the pattern can vary depending on other genetic factors and modifiers.
Bindle coat (Variation)-
1. Blue brindle-
A blue brindle coat is a combination of black and blue-grey stripes that appear on a blue base coat color. The blue base coat color is typically a diluted black color and the stripes can vary in thickness and darkness.
2. Red brindle-
The red brindle coat color is a combination of red and dark brown or black stripes that appear on a red base coat color.
3. Fawn Brindle-
Fawn brindle coat color is a combination of light brown or tan and dark brown or black stripes that appear on a fawn or cream-colored base coat. The stripes are usually darker than the base coat color and can vary in thickness.
4. Striped Brindle-
The striped brindle coat color is a combination of black or dark brown stripes that appear on a light-colored base coat. The stripes can be thin or thick and intensity may vary
5. Liver brindle-
It is a combination of liver or chocolate brown and dark brown or black stripes that appear on a lighter base coat color.
Fawn Coat color-
The fawn color is a light brown or beige color that is often similar to the color of baby deer, hence named fawn. The fawn gene, sometimes called the “ay” gene, is responsible for creating the fawn color in American bullies. This gene works by diluting the black pigment, known as eumelanin, in the coat, resulting in a lighter shade. Dogs that inherit two copies of the fawn gene usually display a fawn coat color. It is important to understand the intensity of the fawn color can range from light to dark.
Fawn Coat Variations
1. Blue Fawn-
it is a combination of blue and fawn color. Usually, the distribution of the color over the body is 50/50. I.e half of the hair is blue and the other half is fawn. It can also show bridle patterns.
2. Sable fawn-
Sable fawn is a combination of black and fawn. Usually ratio of the black and fawn hair is 70/30. But it can be in 50/50 or 90/10 ratio.
3. Red Fawn-
A red fawn coat is a combination of a fawn or tan base coat color with red or dark brown overlay. Similar to blue fawn, the distribution of the red and fawn hair is 50-50.
4. Reverse Fawn brindle-
as the name says it is the reverse of the fawn brindle as in fawn brindle the base is usually dark compared to the stripes while in the reverse fawn brindle the base is usually light in color which dark stripes.
II. Mixed Colour Coat
The breed standard for an American Bully includes nine core colors: black, seal (dark brown), chocolate (light brown), blue, lilac (purple/gray), red (chestnut brown), champagne (lighter shades of tan or beige) fawn (tan) and white. In addition to these nine base colors there are many more variations possible when various combinations get mixed together creating unique blends that add depth and dimension to each pup’s appearance.
The possibilities for mixed colorings are endless with combinations such as black & white; blue & fawn; black & seal; red & white; purple & chocolate; silver & lilac – just to name a few! Every pup’s coloring will be one-of-a-kind as no two dogs will ever have exactly the same patterning or hues within their coat no matter how similar they may appear at first glance.
III. Uncommon Colors
Merle and double merle-
Merle color is quite a rare color as it is considered unethical and is surrounded by various controversies more it can lead to health issues in dogs .
Typically, Merle American Bullies have a dark base color, with patches of lighter colors.
Merle color in American bullies comes in various types like Blue Merle, Red Merle and cryptic Merle.
When two dogs with merle genes are bred then it is known as double merle and it should be avoided as it surely can lead to various health issues.
Albino American Bullies have a coat that is completely white or very light in color. Their skin is pink, and their eyes are pale blue or pinkish. This happens because they lack a substance called melanin, which gives color to their hair, skin, and eyes. Albino dogs are more sensitive to sunlight and can easily get sunburned or develop skin problems. Moreover, their vision can be affected because their eyes don’t have enough pigment.
IV. Unique Color Markings
Piebald refers to a coat pattern where large patches of white are combined with another color, such as black, brown, or brindle.
In the case of the Piebald American Bully, these patches of white are prominently displayed on the dog’s body, creating a visually striking appearance.
In American bullies with Irish markings, the coat can be of any colour with white colour markings on the chest and on the feet. It gives a unique look like an American bully have wear white socks.
American Bullies can have Tricolor markings. This type of coat features a dominant base color, tan color, and some white. Variations of Tricolor include ghost tan, creeping tan, trindle patterning, tri merle, piebald markings, and ticked tri bullies. These markings provide a subtle yet striking contrast to the coat of an American Bully, making them an even more unique and eye-catching breed.
Nose colors in these pups range from black to pink, with an average of 3 different colors across the breed. For example, some American Bullies have a black nose with white markings, while others may have a pink nose. Each color is unique and beautiful in its own way.
As such, it’s important to remember that there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ nose colors for this breed; any combination can be aesthetically pleasing. No matter what color a pup’s nose is, it will still give off an air of strength and power. The shape of the snout can also affect how intimidating they appear, especially when combined with certain coat patterns.
Following are the nose colors that an American bully might have-
Black Nose: The most common nose color in American Bullies is black. A black nose appears as a solid black color without any other pigmentation.
Blue Nose: Some American Bullies may have a blue nose, which is a dilute shade of gray or blue. This coloration is caused by a dilution gene that affects the production of pigments in the nose.
Red Nose: A red nose is a less common nose color found in American Bullies. It appears as a reddish-brown or copper color, which can range in intensity.
Liver Nose: Liver nose refers to a brown-colored nose in American Bullies. This nose coloration is less common and may appear as a solid brown or chocolate shade.
Pink Nose: In rare cases, American Bullies can have a pink-colored nose. A pink nose lacks pigmentation and appears as a light pink or flesh-toned color.
You can tailor your pup’s look even further by considering dilution genes, which can have a dramatic effect on the colors of their nose and coat. Dilution genes are responsible for lightening the color of American Bully coats, making them appear more pastel-like than usual.
There are three main dilution genes:
- The K locus gene, responsible for turning black into blue or chocolate into lilac
- The A locus gene, responsible for turning red into cream or fawn into isabella
- The D locus gene, responsible for turning brindle stripes gray or yellow eyes to greenish tones.
The effects of these dilutions include lighter noses, lighter eyes and coats that seem to shimmer in certain lights. Depending on the dog’s genotype combination and other modifiers, you may also find that some American Bullies have white markings as well as mottling (freckles) in their fur.
To add to this complexity, some breeds have multiple alleles at each locus that cause various shades of colors within the same breed! With so many options available when it comes to tailoring your pup’s look using dilution genes, it’s important to do lots of research beforehand and find out what kind of results you can expect from each type of gene pairing.
When working with dilution genes, it’s essential to understand how they work together and how they will affect your pup’s final appearance before deciding which ones you want included in your pup’s genotype.
Careful consideration should be given when selecting individual traits since different combinations can create a variety of unexpected results – both good and bad! Make sure you speak with a knowledgeable breeder who understands the complexities involved in creating specific color patterns when breeding American Bullies before proceeding.
Most Valued American Bully Colors
When it comes to the most valued colors in the American Bully breed, you’ll find a wide range of preferences. Different breed enthusiasts may have their own favorite coat colors, but some colors tend to be highly sought after in the American Bully community.
The solid colors, such as black, blue, brindle, fawn, red, and white, are often admired for their classic and sleek appearance. These solid colors can range in shades and variations, adding to the uniqueness of each American Bully.
Mixed-color coats are also highly valued among American Bully enthusiasts. These coats combine two or more colors, creating a striking and eye-catching appearance. Popular mixed-color combinations include black and white, blue and white, brindle and white, fawn and white, and red and white. These combinations highlight the contrast between the colors and create a visually appealing look.
While solid and mixed-color coats are highly sought after, some rare coat colors are also valued by American Bully enthusiasts. Merle coats, which have patches of different colors, are considered unique and can come in variations such as blue merle. White coats, especially those with tan points or piebald patterns, are also considered rare and highly desirable.
In the end, the most valued American Bully colors come down to personal preference. Whether you prefer the classic solid colors, the striking mixed-color coats, or the rare and unique patterns, the beauty of the American Bully breed lies in its wide variety of coat colors.
So there you have it, a comprehensive guide to the American Bully’s coat and color chart. As you’ve learned, there are a variety of factors that determine a dog’s coat color, including genetics, breeding, and environmental factors.
The American Bully comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, from solid colors like white and black to artistic combinations like fawn and brindle. However, it’s important for breeders to be mindful of potential health issues that can arise from breeding certain colors, such as merles and albinos.
In conclusion, when considering an American Bully, it’s important to research and understand the different coat colors and patterns available, and to work with a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs.
Remember, as the saying goes, ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover,’and the same goes for dogs. While coat color and pattern may be important for aesthetics, it’s important to remember that a dog’s personality and temperament are far more important factors in determining a good fit for your family and lifestyle.