New Breed: Exotic Bully

New Breed: Exotic Bully


In an interview, breeder Lauro Loureiro de Mello Neto talks about Exotics

They are short, strong and with a big head. Face similar to bulldogs, but lower structure and that approaches the American Bully. With a docile temperament and indicated to be a companion dog, the Exotic Bully is now a breed recognized by the International Bully Coalition (IBC). American Bullies and Exotics, standardizing a pattern and encouraging breeders to introduce true genetic information into the Exotics breeding project.

According to the IBC, the insertions of other bull-type breeds in the American bully have been so constant in recent years, that it has led to the departure from the original proposed pattern, generating conflicts that fell on clubs, owners and breeders. “We concluded in this way, that the solution would be to compose a new breed, with its own characteristics. Those then, affectionately dubbed “exotics” by the breeders, can now go their own way, with thousands of admirers around the world, “says the IBC.

To write the pattern of the new breed, studies were carried out with the evident changes found in the dogs’ phenotypes. “The foundation of most of today’s “exotics” can be attributed to American Bully, French Bulldog, Olde English Bulldog, Shorty Bull and English Bulldog”, he informs. In this new breed concept, large, muscular and large-headed dogs appear.

For the breeder Lauro Loureiro de Mello Neto, the recognition of the breed by the IBC was of great importance. He went on to go deeper into Exotics after meeting dogs like MR Miagi. “In the several trips and shows I went to, I realized that the future would be this, that it would be different creating Exotic, because in Brazil it was not yet widely accepted”.

Lauro Mello highlights the temperament of Exotics and guarantees that they are excellent dogs for families. “They are very docile dogs, good companions, who get along very well with other dogs. An excellent temperament”, he says.

“They are suitable for all types of owners. Children, youth, adults, the whole family in general”, he adds.

However, Exotics are not recommended for people who want dogs for work and lots of physical activity. “I just don’t recommend it to someone looking for dogs that do a lot of physical activity, for people who want a dog to accompany them on races or very long walks”.

It reinforces the main characteristics of an Exotic. “They are small, short dogs, with long legs and short legs, with a wide-open front, with or without tail and a well-loaded look”.

For those who want to have dogs with a wide variety of colors, Exotic Bully fits this concept. This is because, in the official breed standard, all colors are accepted, with the exception of albinism.

“In the trips and shows I went to, I realized that the future would be this”

Exotic Bully pattern, according to IBC

HEAD: It must be large, wide and well designed, the circumference of the head must be equal to or greater than the height of the dog at the withers. Seen in profile, the face is short from the occiput to the nose, the stop should be well marked with a high forehead and slightly wrinkled. The front face shows well-developed zygomatic arches and pronounced masseters. Distance between eyes: should be moderately separated, but without exaggeration. The head is slightly wrinkled.

A head that is narrow or appears too small for the body is a fault.

Muzzle: Wide, deep and short, with moderate wrinkles. The bite must be prognath, but the lower canines must not protrude. Very narrow nostrils and wrinkles over the nostril are not desirable. Dogs showing extreme breathing difficulties are undesirable and should not be encouraged. Very long snouts are considered fouls.

TRUFFLE: Wide with open nostrils. The nose should not be embedded between the eyes. The nose must have a solid pigmentation, all colors are accepted. Total absence of pigment is a disqualifying fault.

BITE: The bite must be prognath, the teeth must not be visible with the mouth closed and the lower canines must not protrude. Torque bite is accepted. Excessive jaw sprains and prognathism are considered severe faults.

JAW / MANDIBULA: Should be broad, strong and square with separate canines. When viewed from the front, the mandible should be well marked and the maxilla should be well fitted.

EARS: Rose-shaped ears inserted over the sides of the head are preferred. Floppy ears are considered mild faults, as long as they are small and do not resemble those of a hound. Ears completely upright and which are above the head should be considered a fault. Hound, pendulous and large ears are a disqualifying fault. The ears can be natural or cut.

EYES: They should be in harmony with the face, showing a strong and striking expression. They should be moderately spaced and medium in size. Any color is acceptable; however, the eyes are not accepted. Deformed, bulging, crossed and asymmetrical eyes are considered a serious fault.

NECK: Short, thick, deep and strong, well arched, with fair skin keeping the musculature apparent and well defined.

STEM: Muscular, short, broad with well sprung ribs, very compact to the limit that does not compromise the dog’s health and locomotion.

BACK: Males should appear square and balanced. Females should be similar, tending to have a slightly longer body. Back should be short, flat or slightly rising.

CHEST: Ribs well sprung (rounded), chest broad and deep. The depth of the chest should reach up to the elbows. An empty or narrow box should be considered a serious fault.

SHOULDERS: Broad and muscular, giving the appearance of maximum substance. The shoulders should be well placed and angled. Straight shoulders are a fault.

TAIL: Set low, smooth, without rough hair. Ideally, the tail should reach the hock. Shorter tails, however smooth and knotless are also allowed. The long tail should be carried low and never on the back. Short, curled, twisted, knotted, broken or cut tails are considered to be mild faults. No type of tail is considered a serious or disqualifying fault.

PREVIOUS MEMBERS: Legs short, strong, with broad bones, but not so short as to impair the dog’s activity. The legs must be well spread. The elbows should be relatively close to the body, well placed, they can be slightly arched. Forearms: Very robust and strong, well developed and muscular, they can be slightly arched. The legs should preferably be straight, round and firm, but legs slightly turned out are also allowed. Pasterns should be short and strong, weak pasterns or flat feet are considered faults.

The lack of bone mass is very undesirable. Elbows that are loose are a serious fault. Crooked legs are considered fouls and their penalty depends on the severity of the problem.

Hindquarters: The limbs should be short and well-muscled, with round legs. The hind legs must have good knee angles to allow good movement. Legs that are straight, slightly angled or with a cow hock are considered fouls and their penalty depends on the severity of the problem. Croup, ischium, thigh, joint, hock angle, metatarsus and paws must be in harmony showing a very strong specimen, to the limit that does not compromise the dog’s health.

MOVEMENT: Due to its maximum substance, this breed does not have a loose and light movement. Its gait is short and fast, its feet do not rise much when the dog moves. However, dogs must trot on their own, dogs that are dragged or show difficulty walking is a fault, and depending on the severity of the situation is a disqualification.

COAT: Soft hair, fine texture, short, closed and smooth.

COLOR: all colors are accepted with the exception of albinism.


Males: up to 42 cm and 37 kg

Females: up to 40 cm and 32 kg

The height must be in harmony with the weight; height and weight above the standard must be discouraged, the dog must maintain the proportions described with maximum substance, without losing its “Bully” and stocky appearance. The specimens must be in good physical condition, obesity is not desirable.

TEMPERAMENT: The temperament is very stable, making it a loyal companion as a member of the family. The animals of this breed like to please their owners, are excellent with children, very affectionate with humans and sociable with other animals. They are companion dogs.

FAULTS: Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in proportion to its severity and its effects on the dog’s health.


– Any dog ​​that shows any sign of aggression towards humans.

– Severe structural deviations or signs of anomalies.

– Extreme difficulty in locomotion.

– Insufficient racial characteristics that make the dog as a whole not look enough with its counterparts of the same breed.

– Completely closed nostrils

– Long Coat

– Males that do not have both testicles, of normal appearance, well lowered and accommodated in the scrotum.

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