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State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Amber Thomas, owner of Kentucky Style Bullys. You can find us in Lebanon, KY.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed American Bully’s. Three years ago a friend of mine had a litter of pups, and one of them just really stuck out to me. My husband and I went to go get him.  This pup was a little blue brindle boy. We were instantly in love with this little blue brindle pup, named Boone. Boone was our first bully.

As he grew, we couldn’t have asked for a better family dog. Boone fits our life style perfectly. I started really doing research on the breed and just fell even more in love with them. So, I guess, Boone is who inspired me. I just try to shine a positive light and give a good representation of the breed. Boone still keeps me inspired, and he is what I base my program around.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
A responsible breeder follows the breed standard, and makes sure his dogs have the  functionality and temperament to match. Personally, I want a dog that can work, play, and go all day with my family. However, I also think a responsible breeder works closely with their customers. For us, once you get a puppy from my yard, you are part of the family.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
My dogs diet is mainly a dry kibble that is produced by Bardstown Mills. We also occasionally add raw diet, canned food, and/or dyne.

What is your favorite bloodline?
Remyline is probably my favorite bloodline. I love the structure and muscle definition in that line. Greyline would be another favorite. It’s hard to choose from the original bloodlines. I like something out of all of them.

Does Kentucky Style Bullys currently show any dogs?
This is our first year of showing our dogs. We have two of our dogs going to a BRC show on the 29th of this month.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Do your research, and find a support system. Look for someone that has been in the game that is willing to help you and answer your questions. Be humble, listen to advice, and produce the dogs that fit what you want, not what everyone else wants, or is already producing.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I’m still pretty new to the bully world. To me, it seems like the hardest thing for people in the bully game to overcome is accepting another breeders vision that is different than theirs. I see so many breeders being hateful and harsh to other breeders because they breed a different style than them. There’s no reason to bash someone’s dog or their investment. If it’s not what you are wanting to produce then just move on.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
I think if we should all come together and support one another. Let’s just stop judging and treat each other with respect. We are all trying to produce the best of our style of bully.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Years ago, when I started this venture, I met Sarah Roach (owner of GrCh. Timbo). Sarah has really helped guide and mentor me in the Bully World, without pushing her vision on me. She produces amazing dogs, but stays humble and honest. I appreciate the time Sarah has taken to get me to where I am.

Tell us about one of Kentucky Style Bullys main goals for the year 2019.
My main goal for this year is to champ out my very first bully, Boone, at the show. Boone and I started this together, and nothing would make me more proud than to see him get a title.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
I just want to see people lifting each other up, working together, and striving to produce clean, quality dogs.

What separates Kentucky Style Bullys from the competition?
I’d like to say that my dogs set me apart, especially my up and coming dogs. But, I think the main thing that sets Kentucky Style Bullys apart is our willingness to help others when they ask us. We try to mentor and offer advice to any of the newcomers. We want to be apart of other kennels success and make life long friends along the way.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
My family and I are avid hunters. So we are very active in any hunting season that is going on. We also enjoy lake life, homesteading, and sports.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I love what Bully Girl Magazine is about. I’ve really enjoyed reading the other interviews, and gaining insight from other kennels from many different places! Also, thank you for this opportunity to do this interview!

The post Kentucky Style Bullys: American Bully Breeder | Lebanon, Kentucky appeared first on Bully Girl ®.

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State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Darlene Spears, founder of Native American Bully Clan. You can find us in Richmond, Rhode Island.

What type of dogs do you breed?
I breed the American Bully. I am a 3rd generation breeder. My son Edmund is the 4th, starting with my Grandmother and Champion Poodles. Then you have my father, who in the 1950’s was head of the k-9 unit for Providence RI Police. My dad, Robert R Benton, introduced the k-9 dogs to RI. He owned a k-9 training facility, and guard dog service. So I pretty much grew up in the k-9 world.

My dad was the dog trainer of his day, and put on many agility and obedience exhibitions, throughout the United States. He had many guard dogs contracted out for big business throughout RI. His dogs guarded the RI Ports, Down Town Warehouses, and Chris’s Cadillac Car Lots. We learned long before science had proved it, that dogs have feelings. I was taught the main ingredient in breeding and training dogs was “LOVE”. Bob Benton taught me this. Though I was born an animal lover, he taught me to train with positive reinforcements. He was a tender hearted dog man, inspired by his love for all dogs.

Robert bred German Shepards, and later on in his career, Dobermans. I shared my dad’s love for dogs, and in particular, the Staffordshire, and the Terrier we call the “Pit”. I always owned one. Later in life with 4 children, I realized what a true pit nanny is by nature. I live in the country, and my children had horses. It felt good knowing that they were trail riding while our family pet pittie was with them.

Five years ago I was at the end of my career as a breeder of Shihtzu, Bichon Frise, and the combined designer breed Shichons, when my son Edmund brought the American Bully to my attention. I started following them on YouTube, then researched the History. They were magnificent, and I thought to myself “finally this breed mellowed out with some bull dog, and will have a place in society. Not that I ever thought there were bad dogs, only bad owners and the bad breeders, that actually fought the Pit Bull.

I started to see exploitation of the Bully Breed with poor quality breeding for profit, little regard for health issues, and few people adhering to the Bully Standards including the registry that wrote them. It clearly showed with their choice of winners in the show ring. I was in my yard, and fell to my knees and cried, saying here we go again. My son had wanted to breed Bullies. However, I was discouraged after I had seen dogs that could not breath, cocked out elbows emerging, bad health, and poor functionality.

Good bully breeding, to actually establish them as a breed that would be recognized one day, was no longer the goal. It was sold out to the latest trend. Big Money was now the game, and the new goal. I decided to breed a line of healthy, magnificent American Bullies, that could breath, function, and die of old age. Not 3 years old with its heart blown out. I wanted to create a line to be proud of. A great family/show quality dog.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
Morality, and responsibility for the breed. I do selective breeding’s. My intentions are to create a line, and help establish the American Bullie as a true breed. I do not breed for monetary gain. I own a Mobile Pet Grooming Business. Never will I own more dogs than I can love, where I have to kennel them up, lacking human touch. I also have a screening process for my puppies, and a 3 page application process with background checks. My puppies are pet, or show only, and I do not sell to breeders, unless I know they are responsible. A breeder has a huge responsibility for every puppy they bring into this world, and it needs/deserves a forever home. Dogs leave an imprint on a person for life, and are forever scarred when lose that bond.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I make my own dog food once a week, usually on Sunday. Then I refrigerate, and feed 2x daily. I boil up meat on bone, except white fish. I hunt and use venison beef, or chicken that we raise, no pork. Then I take out meat, cut it up, and set aside to add last to the broth. Next I add 1 dozen eggs, fresh vegtables (carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach). I add bone Marrow for extra fats, add flax, and hemp seed. Lastly I add brown rice.

When all the broth is soaked up, I cover and remove from heat to finish off. I make enough food for each dog to get 1-1/2 cup, 2x’s daily, at the same time every day. I adjust the amount of food depending on how active each particular dog is, and its weight gain. Small senior dogs get 1/2 cup 2x daily.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I like old school Gottiline with Razors Edge blood outcross. I also like, and use Moneyline.

Does Native American Bully Clan currently show any dogs?
Yes. I show Miyaquat, but even though she does well (4 shows – all 1st place, and best in Show) she does not enjoy it. It’s too much noise for her. I have shown Wenonah and she does well. Wenonah likes it. I had an ABKC judge evaluate her, and he said she was beautiful, and had zero flaws. Nadi has also shown in puppy division and did well, so I look forward to showing her as an adult. I believe she could champ out. She has that WOW factor. I like to show, and wish I could travel more.

However, as their person it is hard to leave them at home, so I end up bringing them all in my grooming van. I run a business, so it is hard to get away. I am breeding to make a good line, not for profit, but to create a true, healthy, acknowledged Bully Breed.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Breed for the love of the dogs, not for the money. Expect some failure, but never give up. Learn from your mistakes. This has to be your passion. Also say goodbye to vacations, lol. But seriously, do your research and know what you’re getting into. Creating a good line takes time, so stick to the standards, and beware of kennel blindness.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
One of the most difficult things for people in the bully game to overcome is kennel blindness and flaws.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Find a good mentor, and learn how to take constructive criticism. Study, learn, and apply what you learn.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
The fact that we call it a game tells a lot. There is no single person for me. There is much BS out there. I love the philosophy of Huricane Bloodline, and his teachings, passion, and advice. I love Tyrel’s old school knowledge, being in the game from the beginning, and his Healthy Bully Campaign. Also, I love The Blackburn Family, and their YouTube Channel. I’ve been to their farm many times. I also see negatives in each named above, but I like to focus on the positives. There are many more, but in reality I am a 3rd generation breeder. I have over 50 yrs experience, and only trust myself. My eyes are on my program, and they are wide open.

Tell us about one of Native American Bully Clan main goals for the year 2019.
I would like to build a new training facility. I am big on obedience training, agility courses, pulling, good nutrition, and exercise for my bullies. There is a noticeable difference between a Bully that is worked and loved, and one that is a kennel dog. It shows in their beauty. Put good genetics with that and there is my recipe for a perfect American Bully.
I think it was brilliant to classify the American Bully as a Companion Dog, but we all know they love to work, and for their mental wellness should work, all dogs like a job, love to please us.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would love for everything to be more formal and not so careless. American Bullies should be genetically sound, and healthy.

What separates Native American Bully Clan from the competition?
I am a 61 year old woman, of Native American decent, who has a profound understanding of our connection to each other in this great web of life. I am an herbalist who grows herbal gardens, and takes her bullies foraging.  Also, I have studied with a famous friend, and Author, The mother of pet herbalisim Julliet de Barrows. My dogs forage in my herbal gardens, and I take them in the woods on hikes. Dogs know what greens to forage on to stay healthy. I heal pulled muscles, or rashes with my own line of Bully Herbal Medicines, tinctures, oils, and salves that I make.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I sit on the American Indian Federation Board (Non-Profit). I am also a certified Herbalist, a certified pet groomer, instructor for pet first aid & CPR, and I have my own herbal Bullyline of products. Some other hobbies that I enjoy are: hiking, kayaking, hunting (venison and turkey), crabbing, hanging with family, and going to art festivals.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I love Bully Girl Magazine. Bully Girl is everything it should be. It is our voice, and a great platform for the bully breed community.

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State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Darrick Henderson. Our kennel name is Mo Kennel. We are located in Kansas City, Missouri.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
Here at Mo Kennel, we breed the American Bully. I grew up around the Pit Bull my entire life. So dogs have been apart of me for as long as I can remember. I had no knowledge of the American Bully. In 2009, I saw my first American Bully and it instantly set a desire in me to own one.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
A responsible dog breeder loves what they are doing, cares about the breed, and is patient with the process. Responsible breeders know how to relate to the breed.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We keep our dogs on a kibble/raw diet 75/25. In the cold season we are at 60/40.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I cant say that I have a favorite. However, I really like Daxline, Louis V line, Venom, and Dallas just to name a few.

Do you currently show any of your dogs?
Currently we are not showing any dogs. I don’t feel like we have produced the right one just yet.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Stay true to your vision, have patience, trust the process, and believe in what you are trying to do.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I think the most difficult thing to overcome is the stereotype that American bully breeders are irresponsible when it comes to the bully breed.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Take your time with breeding’s. Be patient, and make sure you are producing healthy bulls. Also, put the right dogs with each other when breeding.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to a few people in the dog game who mentored me when Mo Kennel started our journey. I would like to thank PJ over at Pac-line bullys, my younger cousin Eric over a Impact Bullies, and a few more. They are the people I communicate with, mostly with about dogs, and I trust they opinion.

Tell us about one of your main goals for the year 2019.
By the end of 2019, I would like to incorporate a new breed into our program.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
If I had my way, the breed would be a lot more consistent. I would like to see more people having fun with their dogs. For example, more Bully BBQ’s and Meet & Greet’s would to bring awareness to the rest of the dog world.

What separates your kennel from the competition?
I don’t really look at it as competition. I just love having fun with the bulls, networking and meeting new people in the bully community. Our content speaks for itself. If you follow any of our social media outlets, you can get a clear picture of what we mean by fun!
Instagram: Mo_kennel
Facebook: Darrick henderson
YouTube: Mo Kennel

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I play Semi-pro Football for a team here in Kansas City.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think Bully Girl Magazine is very informative. Bully Girl brings a new light to the reader, as they give the bully world various perspectives from different breeders. I enjoy being able to soak up game from wherever I can get it.

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Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Hello my name is Christopher “Mr. DKK” Smith, founder of Deep Kountry Kennels, located in the great diamond state of South Carolina.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed the XL bully. I’ve always owned a Pit Bull’s growing up, but they were not like the ones I currently own now. So I’ve always been a fan of the breed. What really inspired me to get involved with the breed is improving the structure, health, and physicality of the breed.

I also love educating people on the breed. People stereotype this particular breed because of the background of the Pit Bull. So I want to be one of the many people to show that this breed can co-exist with people, as long as the pet is trained the right way.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
In my opinion a responsible breeder does their research, has a passion for what they’re doing, and  is available to answer questions and give information about the breed. A responsible breeder makes sure the dog they are selling goes to a good home and stays in touch with the dog owners to see how the dog is doing. Last but not least, a responsible breeder is a breeder that’s not all about money.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Here at Deep Kountry Kennels, my dogs are mainly on 90% R.A.W and 10 % kibble. I use is Grain free kibble brands such as Diamond, Victor, or Crave dog food.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I don’t have a favorite bloodline. However, there are a few bloodlines that I admire. In the future, one of Deep Kountry Kennels goals is to create my our own bloodline. Be on the lookout for that!

Do you currently show any of your dogs?
At this present time my dogs do not participate in any shows, even though I currently produce good quality dogs. One of my many goals is to produce the perfect show dog.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
My advice for upcoming breeders is to do their research. Decide the route you want to take, set a goal, and write out a plan that will help you reach your goals. Don’t take short cuts. If you make a mistake, don’t give up! Put your pride aside, stay humble and respectful. Enjoy what you’re doing by making the breed better.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I think the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome is SELF!

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Many people in this bully game change who they are and they loose focus of why they got into the game. Be yourself, and your time will come. Like I said, in my answer to the question before, put pride aside and stay humble. Sit back and learn from the O.G’s. Don’t try to be an O.G before your time or you’ll fail.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to the O.G’s of the bully game, it don’t matter what type of breed. Without their knowledge and fight to keep the breed going, the breed would go extinct.

Tell us about one of Deep Kountry Kennels main goals for the year 2019.
One of my main goals for the year 2019 is to do two breedings. I have already accomplish one breeding this year, so I have one more breeding to go which will be an awesome production for my kennel.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now I would like to see the bully breed community on National TV doing interviews.

What separates Deep Kountry Kennels from the competition?
When it comes to Deep Kountry Kennels, there is no competition. Competition is one of the many reasons of why the bully breed community is so divided. We don’t have to compete with one another if we would support each other. If I don’t have what a person is looking for, then I would refer them to a highly recommended breeder.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
My other hobbies are taking the dogs to the drag strip to socialize with people who want to know about the breed, or overcome their fear. I also enjoy bodybuilding, and going to bodybuilding competitions.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is very informative, and has great articles. I am very fortunate and grateful to be interviewed by them. I want to personally thank BGM for this opportunity to have Deep Kountry Kennels featured in their magazine.

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Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Hey there! My name is Krista Lopez, and I am the owner of Clutch Kennels, located in central New Jersey!

What type of dogs do you breed?
Our kennel breeds pocket, standard and XL Americans Bullies. I have always have had a love for the breed since I was a kid. Before breeding, I worked at a Pitbull Rescue for about 5 years, making me fall absolutely in love with bully breeds.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
Well, first and foremost you have to have a solid vision. Without that, you can’t responsibly breed towards your goal. I would say a responsible dog breeder is one that always puts the dogs first, and doesn’t take the easy way out. We work hard every day ensuring our dogs live their best life! Breeding responsibly is our number one goal. We do not take any shortcuts in our program, and we never will.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We feed our dogs a mixture of Raw meat, along with Taste of the Wild Salmon and Sweet potato! We give only the best to our babies!

What is your favorite bloodline?
I would have to say my favorite bloodline is probably the one and only, “Lucky Luciano”. We are blessed to have a son, a daughter and a granddaughter off the legend himself!

Do you currently show any of your dogs?
We plan on showing our handsome stud Cujo and his sister Tika this year. We have their mother, Ava, who is an American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) Champion. We couldn’t be more proud of our girl!

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
My advice to upcoming breeders would be to think of what your idea of the perfect dog is. Then try to match up with similar kennels to your style of dog to create your vision, whether it be temperament, show, family, or even a working dog! It definitely takes hard work, long hours, research, marketing and vision to get what you want.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I think the most difficult thing to overcome as a breeder is the beginning. Establishing a good reputation for yourself is very important, just as in any other business. The market for American Bullies has become very popular now, so setting yourself apart from everyone else is very important. A lot of our clients come to us because they see how much we love and care we for all of our dogs. They are not just pets to us. Our dogs are family.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
The best way to overcome this is to have a vision of what you want to do and try to find people in the community who have the similar interest. Invest in worthy marketing tools such as a camera, social media and networking events. If your state has dog shows we definitely recommend you attend them and try to meet new people!

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
We look to up to any breeder who treats their dogs like family.

Tell us about one of your main goals for the year 2019.
Our main goal for 2019 is to show the bully world how amazing Clutch Kennels ‘Cujo’ really is. We haven’t seen such a structurally clean bully in a long time like him! Not only is he handsome, but he has the calmest, sweetest disposition we have ever seen in a stud. He will be the top stud of 2019, and we couldn’t be more proud to have produced him right here at Clutch Kennels.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now, it would be amazing to see the Bully Breed Community come together more, to show the world how amazing this breed really is!

What separates your kennel from the competition?
Our love and decoration to our dogs sets us apart from other kennels. From the day our puppies are born until 8 weeks later when they go to their new homes, they are monitored, cared and loved for in their own puppy nursery. We are always receiving so much feedback on how loved our babies are, and we couldn’t be happier with our program!

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
We aren’t called Clutch Kennels for nothing! In our spare time we love to ride , and so do our pups! Check out our Instagram for pictures and videos if you love bikes and bullies too!

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is one of the best Bully Magazines available. Clutch Kennels is honored to be featured. We also love Bully Girl merchandise. If you’re reading this, you should check out on their website www.bgmwarehouse.com. Thank you for the opportunity, and we always encourage people to reach out to us. We love meeting new people.

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Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
My name is Sarah Roach. I am the owner of KY Finest Bullies.  You can find us in the heart of the Bluegrass state Danville, Kentucky.

What type of dogs do you breed?
I breed Standard and XL American Bullies. All my life I have been an animal lover. I originally started out with the American Pit Bull Terrier. After I got one, I was amazed by how different they were, compare to how everyone portrayed them. I was hooked and had to get more.

After being in the Pit Bull world, I discovered the American Bully. American Bullies are some of the most loyal and loving animals I have ever encountered. My love for these beautiful creatures was born.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
Understanding and following the Breed Standard is a big one for me. You have to put the dog’s health ahead of anything. You must always make sure they are up to date on all their shots and do health testing. Also, when whelping a litter you must go the extra mile in ensuring the puppies are safe and are properly cared for. Even if it means many sleepless nights.

Responsible breeders should  breed with functionality in mind. Weight and size should never be your goal, but focus on achieving and maintaining the vision of the breed’s standard. Always keep in mind that the dog’s temperament is a factor as well. You don’t want a dog or human aggressive animal in your yard. We’re here to break the stereotype of this breed after all.

Lastly, always do your diligence to make sure these babies go to a wonderful and loving home. Don’t just send them off anywhere so you can make that quick buck. Responsible breeders use contracts to make sure dogs will be properly taken care of.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
KY Finest Bullies uses Sport Mix CanineX. It is a good Grain free food that I have seen great results with in my yard. I know it’s really a preference thing for every breeder, depending on how their dogs do on the food.

My advice is to find a good dog food that is balanced nicely. Next, pay attention to how your dogs perform on it. Some dogs may not like the taste or may even be allergic to certain ingredients, while others will eat just about anything you give them.

What is your favorite bloodline?
Well, that’s a tough one, but if I would have to pick I would say either Remyline or Razors Edge. Those bloodlines are where it all began really. The structure of these lines really are beautiful. Even though there’s so many other bloodlines these days, the dogs with these bloodlines still rock the show ring today.

Do you currently show any of your dogs?
Yes! Currently I am showing my production Ch. KY Finest Bullies Nitro as well as Big Mommas Stemi. I’ve got some pups coming of age soon, and will be putting them in the ring, so be on the lookout.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
First off, UNDERSTAND THE BREED! I can’t stress that enough. Do your research on the standard used in showing, as well as how bloodlines work. Find a good mentor that will help teach you the right way to get started, and mentor you along the way.

Find you a look or class you want to work with and stick to it. It’s hard and expensive work, but if you love it and work your best you will see the success you are looking for.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
Well I think the hardest thing would be honesty. Many breeders out there are only looking for the money. I’ve seen people breed dogs way too young, hang papers, and breed their females back to back with no regards for the dog’s health or wellbeing.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
By reaching out to reputable breeders and doing your due diligence by asking questions, questions, questions. An honest breeder would not be annoyed by this, as they would see you too are wanting to improve this breed and will answer any question you may have.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Anthony Gray & Julie Wilson no doubt. They were the only two people that would take me under their wing when I first started showing the now known GrCh. Timbo. They took the time show me how to correctly stack a dog and the correct procedures in the show ring. I also can’t forget Elizabeth Gonzalez, for being such a helpful honest sister in the bully world. Lastly, Mike Thompson for always taking care of me when I would show for him.

Tell us about one of KY Finest Bullies main goals for the year 2019.
My goals this year are the same for me every year. Exceed my own expectations. I want to produce the highest quality Bullies that you can find in the game today.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
I want to see people come together as a family. There’s too much drama on who’s better than who, or throwing people under the bus to give that person a bad name. I also want to see more consistency in the dogs themselves. I understand people have a vision. However, that vision needs to be followed within the standard. How can we better our breed if we are not bettering ourselves?

What separates KY Finest Bullies from the competition?
Well I would say it would have to be my dog’s looks, my color production and not to try and throw shade to anyone else I would have to say their health and show quality.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Well I really enjoy training other people’s dogs for competition. Some may feel this is a lot of work but I get a lot of joy out of watching the growth of a dog intellectually. I love how happy my customers are when they come get their dog.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great resource for all things bully related. I would also like to take the time to say Thank You for the opportunity to do this interview. I can’t wait to see what other awesome articles I will read in your next issue.

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State your name, your kennel, and where your ​kennel​ is located.
My name is Juan Acevedo, founder of Mudville Bullies. Mudville Bullies is located in Stockton, California.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
Mudville Bullies has not yet started breeding, but when we do, we will be breeding standard and pocket American Bullies. I’ve always been drawn to bully breed dogs since the early to mid 90’s. A few years ago, I started looking for a new companion dog to add to our family. After tons of research, we settled on what we feel is one of (if not the best) breeds for companion dogs out there.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
In my opinion a responsible dog breeder adheres to the code of ethics set forth by the kennel club he or she belongs to. A responsible breeder ensures that all dogs meet or exceed breed standards, while only breeding dogs that are free of health issues and come from quality breeding stock. Responsible dog breeders are willing to talk to you and answer any questions you may have, regardless of whether or not you have already committed to buying a pup. Also, I feel a responsible breeder should keep in touch with future owners to get updates on the pups. Pups should only be re-homed to people that also believe in bettering the American Bully breed.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Being that my bully girls are both under 1 year old, we predominantly feed Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream, and High Prairie puppy food along with supplements.

What is your favorite bloodline?
Man there’s so many. It’s hard to just choose one. I would say my top 3 are Razors Edge, Remyline, and Daxline.

Do you currently show any of your dogs?
Yes! We currently show both of our girls, Pandora and Medusa, through the ABKC and BRC Global registries.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Do your research, breed to the standard, be patient, don’t follow trends and always breed for the betterment of the breed and not greed. Don’t count your litters, make your litters count.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
In my opinion, the latest trends and kennel blindness are probably the most difficult things for people in our community to overcome.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Stay open minded. Trends come and go, but breed standards are a set benchmark that we should all aim to meet and/or exceed. As for kennel blindness, well we must be willing to accept that our dogs do have flaws and are not perfect. Just because we have a male/female doesn’t mean it’s worthy of breeding.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Marcus Jose of Thee Bull CO, Lana Martinez of Ali’i Bullyz, and Ron “Papa Pit” Ramos just to name a few. I look up to these 3 individuals, not only for the wealth of knowledge they possess, but they are also more than willing to share that knowledge with the bully community.

Tell us about one of your main goals for the year 2019.
Here at Mudville Bullies, one of the main goals for 2019 is to continue showing our girls and obtain their Champion titles, through both the ABKC and BRC Global Registries. We would also like to get started on working towards our Obedience and Rally Obedience titles through the UKC.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now I would love to see more unity and less hate within the bully community, along with more consistency in the breeds.

What separates your ​kennel​ from the competition?
When we first stepped foot into the bully community, we did so with no intent of competing with anyone. That hasn’t changed. For Mudville Bullies, it’s not about being in competition (other than the show ring). It’s all about the betterment of the breed and coming together as a community.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Aside from participating in dog shows, I recently started an apprenticeship as an obedience dog trainer/handler. Also, I enjoy collecting various collectibles, such as classic muscle cars, sports memorabilia, and shoes. My wife and I also enjoy gardening.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is awesome! It’s very informative and a great way to learn about up and coming kennels. It’s great to know that there is a magazine available for people that have the same passion and
love in this community. Bully Girl Magazine has always been a great read, as well as a place to obtain more knowledge of the bully breed.

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State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located?
My name is Liz Gonzalez, founder and operator of Superior Style Bullies. We are located on 2.5 acres in St. Cloud, Florida (close to Orlando).

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
Superior Style Bullies specializes in designer American Bullies; focusing on pockets, XL and XXL’s. My entire life has been filled with a passion for Pitbull’s. Throughout the years, I have gained extensive knowledge on this breed, established a network to promote American Bullies, and thoroughly enjoy their character, which has brought me to this point.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
A responsible breeder should provide a clean environment, thriving atmosphere, and proper diet for each dog. I pride myself on carefully choosing which dogs to breed, based on the looks, temperament and health of the dog. They are my family, so I like to make assessments periodically for my bullies. This allows me to adjust any special requirements they may need and provide an overall enjoyable environment. That helps each dog show their personality, strengths and kindness.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
A balanced nutrition, along with paying attention to climate and their environment are essential for growth. My bullies always eat grain free food. During the winter season, I will boil chicken, rice, oatmeal and a few additional ingredients. During the summer, I focus only on grain free dog food, due to the Florida humidity. I always want to make sure the dogs health is 100%.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I live, eat and breathe bullies. I certainly can not pick just one. Although, I do have a soft spot for Greyline, Gotti, Razors Edge, Petterson, Dax and Kurupt.

Does Superior Style Bullies currently show any dogs?
At the moment I am 100% focusing on building my program. In the future, I will be definitely attending and showing.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Stay true to your vision, work hard and be patient. Within time the hard work will pay off.

What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
The most challenging thing people in the bully game have to overcome is jealousy and hate.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Step up your game, accept the challenge and be true to yourself. At the end of the day, we are all here for one reason; the passion for the breed and the commitment to our dogs. It is bad enough people outside the bully community bash us. We do not need to be doing the same against each other.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I have a mentor, and they know who they are. When I first started I had no direction. With their guidance, I now run an amazing program that I am extremely proud of. It has taught me a valuable lesson. It is not about the amount of dogs you have, it’s about the kind of dogs you have.

Tell us about one of  Superior Style Bullies main goals for the year 2019?
My main goal is to finish the remodeling of my facility areas for my dogs. They mean the world to me, so it’s only right to treat them the way they should be treated.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now?
To keep it simple, I would love to see more real people who are true to the breed. How can we expect other breeders to support us if we don’t support them? We need to stop the hate between exotics, pockets, standard, xl and so on. We should be one family and support each other.

I may not be a fan of a specific breed. However, that doesn’t mean I’ll bash you on your vision or program. We need to help, teach, and learn from one another. Accept criticism and grow from within. Our dogs deserve that.

What separates Superior Style Bullies from the competition?
I don’t see anyone as competition. I just want to show the world what my eyes can see. When you’re true to the game, and your heart is in it for the breed, there is no competition.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Besides running Superior Style Bullies, I also run Superior Style Boarding, Superior Style Clothing and soon to be announced Superior Style Car Club. I keep myself focused on the things I have a passion for, and what is important to me.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is one of the best magazines I have ever come across. I definitely would recommend Bully Girl Magazine to anyone who loves and supports the bully breed.

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State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Mackenzie Santos. Our kennel is Kaizen Bullies. We have four locations: Indiana, Tennessee, New Jersey, and South Carolina. We are a very family-oriented kennel, and we run the business as such.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We currently specialize in American and Exotic Bullies. We envision the drive and functionality of the American Bully, stacked on the compact and extreme frame of the Exotic Bully. Our end result would be the proper blend of the two, recognizable as the Kaizen bully.

A few years ago, my husband and I bought what we thought was an American Pitbull Terrier. When we met Eric Portee, our kennel partner and a founder of Kaizen Bullies, we discovered the American Bully breed. That inspired us to gain more knowledge on this particular breed.

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
A responsible breeder is an individual who takes initiative and seeks improvement for not only the breed but for themselves as well. Responsible dog breeders should maintain a strict adherence to breed standards, and seek out other like minded individuals. Sanitary living conditions, health testing, responsible homing procedures, etc, are all characteristics of a responsible dog breeders.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We keep our dogs on a rotation of Victor products. We also implement multivitamins, oils, raw food, and supplements to maintain healthy coats and overall health.

What is your favorite bloodline?
Our favorite bloodline is Razors Edge. This is because the bloodline is based on a specific look and style of the American Bully. Most other “bloodlines” are just an over saturation of one stud.

Do you currently show any of your dogs?
We are currently preparing multiple dogs for the show ring.

What advice does Kaizen Bullies have for any upcoming breeders?
Be careful who you work with in the bully game, it can make you or break you. Find a solid group of individuals with the same drive, goals, and ambition as you. Don’t decrease the value of your stock just because someone doesn’t see its worth. Quality over quantity.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I feel a lot of breeders are inpatient with the overall process. You can’t rush perfection. A lot of people try to move too quickly or find a short cut, but there is none.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Save and invest in the quality that you are looking for in your stock. Quality comes at a price. If you start with the higher quality rather than breeding up to it, you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Dave Wilson is one of our inspirations because he gave the American Bully a platform and was a strong ambassador for the breed. He helped others distinguish between the American Bully and the American Pit Bull Terrier. A more local inspiration to us is Nikki Holcomb, of Simply Bullies. NIkki is a close friend and mentor who strives to outproduce every breeding. I love how she places the health and well-being of her dogs above everything else.

Tell us about one of Kaizen Bullies main goals for the year 2019.
A major goal for Kaizen Bullies this year is to make sure that all of our stock is fully health tested.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
I picture quality bullies with type, temperament, and health. Ideally, the community will be larger than it is today, and much more respected and recognized by others.

What separates Kaizen Bullies from the competition?
Kaizen Bullies strives to be different. We do not conform to any particular mold. We are original with our approach, style, and outtake on the bully breed.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I love art, whether that’s macramé, painting, drawing, etc. My husband is a barber.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great way to learn about other breeders, as well as the different bully breeds. Bully Girl Magazine is always up to date on what’s going on in the community, and is always a good read.

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Where are you from, and what is your nationality?
My name is Isabel Ungar, along with my dog KOA. I’m Canadian, and I’m from Toronto.

Tell our readers about your dog Koa.
Koa is the best dog ever, but I’m biased. He has the best temperament, sweetest personality, is so loving, playful, and snuggly all the time! I could not have asked for a better dog.

What type of diet and exercise regimen do you keen Koa on?
Koa goes for walks with me every day for about an hour. I also take him to the dog park most days or organize play dates for him to get his energy out. I currently feed him Fromm large breed kibble which seems to be working the best for him right now.

Do you travel to any of the Bully Breed dog shows?
I have not had the chance to travel to any Bully Breed dog shows yet but would love to In the near future!

How often do you hit the gym?
I’m in the gym 5-6 days per week.

What was your inspiration to begin with weight training?
I have a strong personality and mindset and needed a physical outlet to match it. I also just wanted to be able to lift really heavy things.

What kind of diet do you follow?
I don’t follow any diet anymore. I struggled with bulimia for about 12 years and am finally in recovery so I eat generally healthy food but I also have dessert or pizza and burgers multiple times a week because life is too short!

Who is your favorite professional athlete, and why?
I love Khabib Nurmagomedov. I’m a big MMA fan and he is one of the best grapplers I have ever seen. Serena Williams is also an amazing female role model so who doesn’t love her!

What other hobbies do you have, besides weight training?
I love photography, yoga, gardening, hiking, traveling! Anything creative and anything outdoors.

If you could pick the location of your next shoot with Bully Girl, where would the next photo shoot be, and why?
A dream photoshoot location would be somewhere in the mountains of Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, Nevada etc, you get the point. Something outdoorsy and exciting that would capture the nature of adventure of my and Koa’s life.

Tell our fans something about yourself, that not too many people know about you.
I don’t really consider myself a fitness person / athlete, despite what my Instagram portrays. I work in a variety of creative industries and have an architecture degree.

What are your goals for the future?
I’d love to start a brand of dog products, apparel, accessories, geared towards bully breeds in particular!

What advice do you have for any up and coming women in the fitness industry?
Just start. Make the Instagram. Personal train. Build a client base. Do it because you love it and people will love you.

What motto do you live by?
You only live once. Cliché I know, but so accurate.

Where else can our readers find you? Which social media outlets do you use?
Right now I am only using Instagram, @itsjustisabel and @koabully and I have a website isabelungar.com

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I love Bully Girl Magazine! I think it’s so great that bully breeds are becoming more popular and any press and media helps stop the stigma and breed specific laws. Keep up the great work!

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