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What Is the Best Dog Food for Your American Bully?

Many people, in fact likely most people, would look at an American Bully and think they were looking at an American Pitbull Terrier, an American Staffordshire Terrier or maybe a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They all look similar to one another, but according to the American, the British (UK) and the Canadian Kennel Clubs, they are all distinct breeds.

The Bully only became a recognized breed in the United States, recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) in 2004 and United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2013.

Bred with the goal of becoming a companion family dog, the Bully’s pedigree is based on a combination of the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier, with other bulldog terriers thrown into the mix.

The idea was to create a dog with a stout countenance, heavy of bone and mass. When one looks at an American Bully, the first thought that comes to mind is this is a dog built of solid muscle. 

That mass of muscle requires good nutrition to maintain optimum health. The Bully comes in five recognized sizes by height, starting with the Pocket Bully as the smallest, followed by in order of size, the Classic, the Standard and the extra-large (XL).

Their nutritional requirements vary only by amount needed depending on their size and activity level. Obviously, the bigger and more active the dog, the more it will need to eat to stay healthy.

So, what’s important when you’re evaluating which food to pick?

Ingredients that provide complete nutrition should be at the top of the list. Things to keep in mind are a meat-based formula (think high protein), one that contains no fillers, has all-natural ingredients, and has a healthy percentage of fat along with carbohydrates.

Protein

How do you judge what kind and how much protein your Bully needs? This may surprise you, but dogs are considered omnivorous, as opposed to cats that are carnivorous.

Omnivores can survive on either plant-based or animal-based protein, provided it’s of good quality, balanced and diverse. That said, dogs still retain much of their wild ancestry and they need meat in their diets in order to thrive.

Meat contains the essential amino acids necessary for the development of strong and healthy muscle tissue. So called “essential” because, well, they are just that – essential. Dogs require 22 amino acids to accomplish this complex physiological process, and only half of those are naturally produced by the body.

The other half must come from meat or meat-based or quality meat by-product sources. Examples of meat-based or healthy meat by-product protein that you would look for on an ingredient list include: heart, liver, kidneys, spleen and/or intestines (emptied), lamb, beef, fish – salmon and herring, poultry – chicken, turkey and duck, and animal-based dairy products – eggs, milk, and cheese.

Not only is protein required to build and repair muscles, important for your Bully, but the amino acids are also important in forming new skin cells and healthy hair growth.

Certain hormone creation and activity requires protein, as do enzymes to perform their work. Proteins also help to keep the immune system strong. Your Bully isn’t able to store protein either, so it’s an essential part of the daily diet.

Not all that long ago, too much protein was thought to be harmful. That myth has been dispelled; however, it is true that you can have too much of a good thing in nearly anything. Most quality dog foods have a protein content somewhere in the 30% range. 

Now you know that the first thing on the list of ingredients should be a natural protein source such as chicken or another poultry, beef or fish. 

The amount of protein needed by your Bully depends on size, amount of exercise and life stage, although some foods that say “all life stages” can be trusted to provide adequate protein due to the government’s strict labeling requirements.

The most common instances of a dog’s protein needs changing are for pregnant or nursing dogs, and those performing work, such as search and rescue dogs, police dogs and the like. Dogs that are sick or injured also require higher levels of protein during recovery. Younger animals may require more protein, just as older animals may require less.

Fat

The next important ingredient in your Bully’s diet is fat. Yes, that ugly three-letter-word we humans have been led to believe is a bad thing. That’s a whole ‘nother conversation, so for now, suffice it to say your dog needs fat in his/her diet to absorb certain vitamins, for balanced fatty acids and to maintain healthy skin and a shiny coat. It’s also what helps to make the food taste good!

Quality fats in your Bully’s food can be sourced from poultry fat and/or fish, vegetable or soybean oils. Generally, foods that contain 10-15 percent fat are considered balanced, but don’t panic if your food contains a bit higher percentage than that. Dogs do not get the same artery-clogging issues from too many saturated fats in their diet that humans worry about.

When evaluating how much fat your Bully is actually getting in his or her diet, there’s a bit of conversion necessary. When the label says, for example, 12% fat, it is referring to the percentage of fat by weight, and not by caloric content.

When looking at calories in general, dogs are no different than people – calories in has to balance with calories expended or your Bully will gain or lose weight. Your veterinarian will recommend what the optimum weight is for your Bully, depending on its size – i.e. pocket, classic, standard or XL.

But if you really want to compare the fat content from one food to another (or any of the categories for that matter), there is a formula you can use. Grab your calculator and look at the label on the bag listing ingredients. You’ll see one that lists the kCalories/kg (caloric density per kilogram of weight of the food, not your dog!).

Find this number and plug it into this formula to find how many grams of fat there are per 100 kCals.  X% Fat / X kcal/kg x 1,000 = X grams of fat per 100 kcal.

For example, let’s say your food has 22% fat/3,910 kcal/kg x 1000 = .22 divided by 3910 multiplied by 1000 = 0.0563 or 5.6 grams of fat per kCal. Using this method to compare ingredients means you’re comparing apples to apples, so to speak.

Higher fat diets are calorie-heavy (no pun intended) and as far as your Bully is concerned, taste very good. These are a good choice for extremely active dogs – think hunting, police, or sled dogs, or those who live with a very active family and get walked at least twice a day.

As mentioned, fat will make your Bully’s coat shiny, so a higher fat diet is sometimes used by those who have show animals.

Then there are the picky eaters in the group. Some dogs can be infuriatingly and worrisomely picky. Just remember the formula and the need for exercise. You don’t want to turn your picky eater into an overweight Bully, putting extra strain on that stocky build.

There are also certain health conditions that might require a higher fat diet. It’s always a good idea to consult your veterinarian about appropriate proportions of ingredients. 

Carbohydrates

Carbs are also a necessary ingredient and can make up the biggest percentage of what’s in your Bully’s food, but just like everything else, there are “good” carbohydrates and “bad” carbohydrates. The most common good carbohydrates found in dog food are wheat, corn, barley, rice and oats. Some are better than others for dogs. 

But why are carbohydrates important?

When carbohydrates are digested, they turn into sugars, primarily glucose. Glucose is what the cells need for energy in order to perform at their optimum, to do “work”. Glucose is also necessary for the normal function of the brain and the rest of the nervous system.

Glucose itself is used for what’s known as quick energy. Left-over glucose is stored as glycogen to be used for later fuel. When your Bully eats more carbohydrates than what is required by his or her energy use, or exercise, the unused glycogen is stored as fat.

Carbohydrates in dry kibble also give it its form and structure. This is what keeps the food from falling apart inside the bag as it sits on the shelf and makes it easy to eat. Kibble also helps to “scrub” your Bully’s teeth, assisting to keep down the build-up of tartar.

While digestibility is important for the absorption of nutrients, some fiber is important because it’s not digestible. Fiber helps to regulate bacteria in your Bully’s colon as it becomes fermented. It also gives your best friend a feeling of fullness after eating.

The best of this type of fiber comes from oat bran, the hulls from brown rice, beet pulp, pectin, and peanut hulls. Other forms of fiber you might see listed include potato and millet.

When you see the word “whole” in the name of the fiber, it means the ingredient contains the nutrients and fiber necessary to keep your Bully’s digestive tract running like a well-oiled machine.

Dog food for Bully’s – opinions vary but here are some of the most popular recommendations, in no particular order.

Remember that ingredients, per regulations, are listed by the highest to the lowest amount by weight, presumably in a serving or kilogram. Manufacturers are required to list the minimum amounts of protein and fat, and the maximum amounts of fiber and moisture.

All the recommendations here are based on the following criterion and all are dry kibble: 

  • A balanced nutritional recipe. 
  • A taste that dogs will like. 
  • Quality ingredients. 
  • No artificial colors or chemicals. 
  • No fillers (that does not mean no grains). 
  • Convenient packaging

1.) Orijen Tundra Goat Venison Bison

Manufactured in their own kitchens, Orijen’s slogan is “biologically appropriate” food. By this, they mean they are doing their best to adhere to the ancestral eating habits of the wolf, which even hundreds of years down the road, remains the same for dogs.

They outline their biologically appropriate ideals as being rich in meat and meat protein, fresh regional inclusions of meat, either fresh and refrigerated, flash-frozen raw or dried, an “abundant” variety of fresh meat, to include beef, wild boar, bison, lamb, pork, goat and venison, free-run poultry and wild-caught whole fish, whole prey “superfoods” to include organ meat, cartilage, and bone in easily absorbable forms and carbohydrates in the form of fruits and vegetables. Tundra is appropriate for all life stages.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Crude protein – 40%
  • Crude fat – 18%
  • Crude fiber – 5%
  • Moisture – 12%

First five things on the ingredient list, in order beginning with the first item:

  • Goat
  • Wild Boar
  • Venison
  • Arctic Char
  • Duck

Orijen Tundra provides more calories from protein and fat and fewer from carbohydrates, providing a calorie distribution that mirrors the natural diet.

Calorie content: 460 kCal/cup

Orijen’s Tundra is no doubt a food your Bully would enjoy, chock full of high protein meats and fruits and vegetables at a ratio of 85 percent to 15 percent. Tundra has no grains, potatoes or tapioca. (Learn More)

2.) Bully Max High Performance

Manufactured by Bully Max, Bully Max High Performance is designed specifically with the American Bully in mind. High protein and fat dog food, at a ratio of 30 percent protein to 20 percent fat, it is higher than some of our other choices here because it is a high-performance dog food – i.e. presumably for working dogs.

This is an “all life stages” food, appropriate for puppies to senior dogs. The manufacturer says, regarding puppies, that they be 4 weeks and older before beginning to feed Bully Max.

Guaranteed analysis: 

  • Crude protein – 30%
  • Crude fat – 20%
  • Crude Fiber – 3.8%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five things on the ingredient list, in order beginning with the first item:

  • Chicken Meal
  • Brown Rice
  • Chicken Fat
  • Dried Plain Beet Pulp
  • Ground Grain Sorghum

Calorie content is represented as 535 kCal/cup, reported to have the highest calorie count of any dog food in the class of high-performance dog foods.

Bully Max High Performance is meat-based and made with natural ingredients for a taste a Bully would love. (Learn More)

3.) Maximum Bully Elite K9 Nutrition – Chicken and Pork

Manufactured by Replenish Pet, they are proud to say, “Made by Bully Owners for All Bully Breeds”, a handcrafted dog food. This, too, is a high protein, high-fat food made for all life stages of your Bully.

Also included in their formula is a yeast protein geared to support the musculature of your dog. Included as well is a natural digestive support ingredient in the form of “Activ8” – a prebiotic and probiotic blend.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 32%
  • Crude fat – 22%
  • Crude fiber – 4%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five things on the ingredient list, in order beginning with the first item:

  • Chicken Meal
  • Pork Meal
  • Chicken Fat
  • White Rice
  • Barley

Calorie content: 481 kCal/cup

Maximum Bully Elite K9 Nutrition with chicken and pork is made with real chicken and pork necessary for energy, lean muscle development and maintenance – a formula your Bully is bound to enjoy. (Learn More)

4.) Taste of the Wild Wetlands Formula with Roasted Fowl

This is a brand that prides itself in being made with protein sources that go back to your dog’s ancestral eating habits – hence, Taste of the Wild. They underscore that the first ingredient in their line, no matter which you choose, is real meat, fish or fowl.

Their advertising slogan is “The balanced diet that nature intended.” With fowl as the primary ingredient in their Wetlands formula, it’s sure to be a favorite for your Bully.

High in protein to support muscle, vegetables and fruits in this formula provide the vitamins and antioxidants to support a healthy immune system.

Sweet potatoes and peas provide your dog with another energy source to augment the protein, with added proteinates to aid digestion, ensuring your Bully reaps the benefits of all the ingredients in the Wetlands formula by promoting efficient digestion.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 32%
  • Crude fat – 18%
  • Crude fiber – 3%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five things on the ingredient list, in order beginning with the first item:

  • Duck
  • Duck Meal
  • Chicken Meal
  • Grain Sorghum
  • Millet

Taste of the Wild also boasts having joint support in the form of glucosamine and chondroitin.

Calorie content: 422 kCal/cup

With ingredients meant to mimic the true ancestral diet of your Bully, along with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and joint support, this is definitely a food to consider. (Learn More)

5.) Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula

Another great choice for the Bully is Taste of the Wild’s Ancient Prairie recipe. Grain-free and high in protein, this formula contains pasture-raised real meat as the main ingredient. The grains contained in the Taste of the Wild blends are a mix of sorghum, millet, quinoa and chia seeds. The Prairie formula also includes probiotic organisms, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 32%
  • Crude fat – 18%
  • Crude fiber – 3%
  • Moisture – 10%

Calorie content: 422 kCal/cup

First five things on the ingredient list:

  • Buffalo
  • Pork
  • Chicken Meal
  • Grain Sorghum
  • Millet

Taste of the Wild is family-owned and produced in the USA. (Learn More)

6.) Victor Select Beef Meal and Brown Rice Formula

Manufactured by Victor, their slogan is “Proven nutrition. Fueled by passion.” They boast having nutritionally complete “super-premium” dog foods, with the primary protein source in Victor’s Select Beef Meal is, of course, beef – always a favorite with Bullys.

Victor prides itself in core ingredients that contribute to the basic formula. These include selenium yeast that supports metabolic function, cellular regeneration and a strong immune system.

Mineral complexes contribute to healthy skin and coat, paw pad integrity, immune response and efficient metabolic activity. Pre- and probiotics also support the immune response and aid in digestion.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 24%
  • Crude fat – 12%
  • Crude fiber – 4.4%
  • Moisture – 9%

First five things on the ingredient list, in order:

  • Beef Meal
  • Grain Sorghum
  • Whole Grain Brown Rice
  • Chicken Fat
  • Pork Meal

Calorie content: 357 kCal/cup

For the less active Bully, this is a great choice with less protein and fat but still chock full of holistic ingredients, including a high-quality meat-based formula, vitamins and minerals all in a formula any Bully would love. (Learn More)

7.) Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Grain Free Beef Formula

Manufactured by Natural Balance, their limited ingredient beef formula is high in protein to support your Bully’s muscles and also a good choice for the finicky eater.

With a ratio of 52 percent real beef, 45 percent plant-based and 3 percent essential vitamins, minerals and other wholesome ingredients, you won’t find any fillers, grains or potatoes in this limited ingredient recipe. Not recommended for puppies.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 32%
  • Crude fat – 14%
  • Crude fiber – 4.5%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five things on the ingredient list:

  • Beef
  • Pea Protein
  • Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Beef Meal

Calorie content is estimated at 369 kCal/cup, although they state that calories can vary over time due to variation in ingredients.

This is a highly palatable, meat-based recipe – another great choice for your Bully. An added bonus for healthy skin and a shiny coat is added omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. (Learn More)

8.) Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Grain Free Turkey Formula

This is a great choice for your Bully if, in a rare case, s/he doesn’t care for beef. Formulated with the same care and handling as the Natural Balance Beef formula, it’s good to have options.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 32%
  • Crude fat – 14%
  • Crude fiber – 4.5%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five ingredients:

  • Turkey
  • Turkey Meal
  • Chickpeas
  • Peas
  • Pea Starch

You can’t go wrong with this choice from Natural Balance. (Learn More)

9.) Solid Gold High Protein Barking at the Moon Beef Formula

Manufactured by Solid Gold, this is a name that conjures up holistic foods packed with additional nutrition that Solid Gold calls “superfoods”. This is a company that proudly says their focus is not only on nutrition but also pays attention to the health of your Bully’s gut.

To this end, they advertise their foods to “cleanse” – this is where the superfoods come in, to feed the good gut bacteria, to “balance” with probiotics, and to “fuel” with omega fatty acids to support healthy skin, hair and support the immune system. Grain-free, their Barking at the Moon formula is suitable for all life stages.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 41%
  • Crude fat – 18%
  • Crude fiber – 4%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five ingredients are:

  • Beef
  • Ocean Fish Meal
  • Pea Protein
  • Potatoes
  • Dried Eggs

Calorie content: 415 kCal/cup 

Solid Gold is one of the most respected names in pet foods. You’ll get a bag loaded with holistic ingredients, a high protein/low carb formula and added omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Your Bully will be healthy inside and out. (Learn More)

10.) Crave Grain Free High Protein Chicken

Crave is manufactured by Crave Pet Foods and strives to support the natural instinct of dogs with a diet rich in protein that “they are hard-wired to eat”.

They are proud to say their number one ingredient is real meat, in this case chicken, and does not contain any chicken by-products, corn, wheat or soy, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 34%
  • Crude fat – 17%
  • Crude fiber – 3.5%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five ingredients in the list:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken Meal
  • Chickpeas
  • Split Peas
  • Pork Meal

Calorie content: 463 kCal/cup

Crave is a premium natural dog food that is also fortified with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and is appropriate for small to large Bullys. Enthusiastically recommended by Dogfood Advisor. (Learn More)

11.) Blue Wilderness High Protein Natural – Duck Formula

Manufactured by Blue Buffalo, this is a highly respected natural dog food that also boasts no chicken or poultry by-product meals, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and no corn, wheat or soy. Ingredients are identified as high-quality deboned duck, chicken and fish meal, healthy complex carbohydrates and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.

Blue Wilderness also contains what they call “life source bits” – a “precise blend” of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals formulated by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists. This is an adult dog formula.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 34%
  • Crude fat – 15%
  • Crude fiber – 6%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five ingredients:

  • Deboned duck
  • Chicken Meal
  • Peas
  • Pea Protein
  • Menhaden Fish Meal

Calorie content: 416 kCal/cup

Healthy and holistic, this is another great choice for the Bully – a nice option in the duck variety. (Learn More)

12.) Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend – Chicken and Rice

Manufactured by Nestle Purina Pet Care Company, Purina is one of the most recognized names in the pet food industry.

Their motto is “nutrition that performs” and their Savor line of shredded chicken and rice is no exception.  This is an adult formula food, supplemented with prebiotics and probiotics for ultimate digestive health.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 26%
  • Crude fat – 16%
  • Crude fiber – 3%
  • Moisture – 12%

First five ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Rice Flour
  • Whole Grain Wheat
  • Poultry by-product meal
  • Soybean Meal

Calorie content: 382 kCal/cup

The Savor shredded blend of chicken and rice is sure to be a Bully pleaser. (Learn More)


Recommended Dog Food for American Bully Puppies


If it’s puppy food you’re after, we’ve got some great recommendations for your energetic and growing best friend.

There are several differences between adult and puppy food, but the major ones are the amount of protein, certain mineral ratios, and the calorie content. Growing up takes a lot of energy, so puppy foods are often higher in concentrated calories than their adult versions.

1.) Orijen Large Puppy Formula

Nothing changes here for Orijen in their puppy food line. Still supporting a hereditary, biologically appropriate diet of 85 percent natural protein, 15 percent fruits and vegetables with zero grains, this is an excellent choice for your XL Bully. 

A critical factor to watch for and prevent with large-breed puppies is growing too fast, which can lead to a higher than average risk for developmental orthopedic diseases.

To avoid this, a quality large breed puppy food is slightly lower in fat and contains a little less calcium and phosphorus, while maintaining a carefully balanced calcium to phosphorus ratio to help these puppies grow at a healthier rate.

Orijen’s Large Puppy Formula does just that, with 2 percent less protein and 2 percent less fat than their adult line, as well as having that important calcium to phosphorus ratio.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 38%
  • Crude fat – 16%
  • Crude fiber – 6%
  • Moisture – 12% 

First five things on the ingredient list:

  • Deboned chicken
  • Deboned turkey
  • Deboned flounder
  • Eggs
  • Whole Atlantic Mackerel

Calorie content: 449 kCal/cup

With the perfect balance of protein, minerals and immune system support, your XL Bully will grow at a safe rate, with strong bones to support those dense muscles. (Learn More)

2.) Victor Grain Free Active Dog and Puppy Beef Meal and Sweet Potato

Another great choice from the people that manufacturer Victor Select. This formula is great for puppies and nursing females, as well as dogs with high physical demands.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 33%
  • Crude fat – 16%
  • Crude fiber – 3.8%
  • Moisture – 9%

First five ingredients:

  • Beef Meal
  • Peas
  • Sweet Potato
  • Chicken Fat
  • Menhaden Fish Meal

Calorie content: 384 kCal/cup

This is a great choice from Victor if your Bully is a finicky eater or has food sensitivities. Victor is also a good choice if you like to purchase USA made products. (Learn More)

3.) Nulo Freestyle Grain Free Puppy Probiotic Salmon

Manufactured by Nulo in the USA, Nulo’s beginnings came from recognizing a gap in the marketplace for quality pet care options. This led its founder to also look into the food that was available and, seeing another gap, he wanted to create the most nutritionally sound food possible for his own dog Max.

After meeting with respected animal nutritionists, veterinarians and food formulators, Nulo was born. Nulo’s salmon recipe (and all their formulas) are high in animal-based protein, low in carbohydrates and use low-glycemic ingredients so energy is released slowly throughout the day and night.

This grain-free recipe contains no corn, wheat, soy, potatoes, tapioca, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 30%
  • Crude fat – 17%
  • Crude fiber – 4%
  • Moisture – 10%

First five ingredients:

  • Deboned Salmon
  • Turkey Meal
  • Menhaden Fish Meal
  • Whole Peas
  • Chicken Fat

Calorie content: 428 kCal/cup

With carefully selected nutrients and supportive ingredients, both nutritious and delicious, if it’s not good enough for Max, it’s not good enough for Nulo. (Learn More)

4.) Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Raw Super Beef Meal Mixers

The only raw food in our list, Stella & Chewy’s raw foods are carefully picked and minimally processed, starting with raw, grass-fed beef.

Satisfying a dog’s ancestral craving for raw food, Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers can be used to entice a finicky puppy to eat by mixing with any of the other recommended puppy foods, or as a complete meal by itself.

Their fruits and vegetables are from certified organic sources, while the protein sources come from farmers and ranchers personally known to the owners, recognized for quality and food safety handling. They proudly boast to have “the world’s finest ingredients”, none of which come from China.

Guaranteed analysis:

  • Crude protein – 44%
  • Crude fat – 35%
  • Crude fiber – 5%
  • Moisture – 5%

First five ingredients:

  • Beef
  • Beef Liver
  • Beef Kidney
  • Beef Heart
  • Beef Tripe (intestines)

Calorie content: 224 kCal/cup

Because this is a raw food, proper storage is important. Keep in a cool, dry place. Store in a sealed bag and wash your hands both before and after handing. Wash food bowls every day. If water is added, after two hours, remove and discard any leftovers. 

With a 5-star rating from the Dog Food Advisor, you can’t go wrong with this pick for your Bully pup. Beef Meal Mixers are free from added hormones, antibiotics, grains, peas, lentils, and potatoes. (Learn More)

Where to go from here?

You will always have choices regarding which food you pick for your Bully, but the bottom line is you want to choose a dog food with exceptional nutritional value and be mindful of the ingredients. Don’t just rely on the crude analysis breakdown.

Make it a habit to read the ingredient list. Don’t be put off by grains – just notice what type they are. Corn and wheat can be used just as fillers, but grains in and of themselves are not bad.

And many veterinarians will tell you few dogs are allergic to the grains in dog food – it’s generally the other ingredients that may cause problems. If your Bully reacts poorly to one of the foods on this list, try another, slowly changing his or her diet over to the new one.

Switching too fast can upset your Bully’s digestive system and may be too abrupt a change for their liking.

Cost is of course a factor, but “cheap” dog food is cheap for a reason. Typically, a good-quality food is going to cost you more, but you feed less because more is actually absorbed through digestion, and less is excreted through feces.

With a high-quality dog food, you’ll notice your dog “poops” in smaller amounts.

Feed the right amount for your Bully’s size. Use the recommendations from the manufacturer. As always, it’s a good idea to consult your veterinarian regarding the right number of calories your Bully needs based on their size and activity level.

If you have a Pocket Bully, their nutritional needs will be less than if you have an XL. With the right balance of good nutrition and exercise, your Bully will be healthy and happy.

References:

  1. https://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/11/what-are-these-numbers-nutrition-math-101/
  2. https://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/03/the-skinny-on-fat-part-1/
  3. https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_dg_whats_in_a_balanced_dog_food 
  4. https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_dg_carbohydrates_key_to_balanced_dog_food
  5. https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_dg_focusing_on_protein_in_the_diet

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