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Chicago Bullies: American Bully Breeder | Illinois

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Chicago Bullies: American Bully Breeder | Illinois

Who is Chicago Bullies?

Tell our readers about Chicago Bullies.
My name is Vince Pace, founder of Chicago Bullies. You can find us in the beautiful, windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed American Bullies, and have been involved with bully breeds since 1999. Training, showing, and breeding American Pit Bull Terriers and American Bulldogs is a big part of my life. As I got older and started a family, I was looking for a breed that was more laid back. The first time I saw an American Bully, it wasn’t a breed yet. People knew them as a Razors Edge pit bulls. They were thicker and more muscular than game bred dogs. They also had the attitude of a Golden Retriever, and very low prey drive.

The first all American Bully show that I attended was great. I did not see one instance of dog or people aggression in any of the American Bullies. I knew this was the breed for me. In 2008, I bought my first American Bully. My love for the breed exploded from there. They are the perfect family dog.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Our dogs eat Diamond Naturals grain-free kibble all year round. During the winter months, we add raw chicken and beef to their diet to add quality fats and protein.

What is your favorite bloodline?
That’s a tough one. I like dogs that are true to the standard and correct. Many of the bloodlines have strayed so far from where they first started. It is hard to see any resemblance to the founding dogs on their pedigree. I have always been a fan of Razors Edge blood. Many successful, show-winning studs originated from that bloodline, including Samurai Paco and Beastro, to name a few.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
Yes. Our goal is to produce show quality dogs, according to breed standards. The best way to determine if you have produced a champion is in the ring. Actually, it’s the only way! To me, showing dogs is a crucial part of any quality, reputable breeding program.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
The best advice I can give to any upcoming breeder is to stay true to your breed. In the bully community, we still have people mixing English and French bulldog blood into their breedings. I have no problem with either breed other than the huge list of health issues they suffer from. Breeders should strive to create better specimens with each breeding. However, adding bulldog blood only introduces more health and structural issues. It is suspected that bulldog blood was used to create the American Bully. I do believe it was added somewhere in the origins, but now it is an established breed. So let’s cut the bull! People need to think about the animal first and the dollar last.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
For me, the most difficult thing in the bully game is having the time to attend shows. Going to a dog show usually takes an entire weekend. However, it is just a small part of what it takes to prepare for the ring. There is lead-training, teaching commands, stacking, exercise, proper diet, socialization, and grooming. All of which needs to be done in time, just to be ready for the show. Then, even after all that hard work, you may still go home empty-handed, which is no fun.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Time is a precious commodity. So one way to overcome time restraints is planning ahead. At the beginning of the year, I will look at all the shows already booked. I will reserve the shows that I want to attend on the calendar months in advance. If for some reason I can’t make it, there are a bunch of other shows to fall back on.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
There are a few people that I look up to in this lifestyle. These people have the hustle and drive to do what it takes to win. Khanh Nguyen of Phokingstyle Bullies, also a Chicago guy, has been real with me since the first time I talked to him. He welcomed me to see his dogs. He also explained about the bloodlines he used, and answered all of the questions I had regarding breeding, showing, etc. His champions were produced off of his own breedings. Their productions are producing champions as well.

Then there are people like Robert Lee and Ty Lumley, who also put in work. They have each built a thriving brand for themselves within the bully world beyond breeding alone. All of these men have been a success using dogs that are structurally sound and proven in the show ring. Their studs are not some short-lived trend, but a pillar of the community around since the early days of the breed. I can respect the determination, time, and effort that it takes to prevail. I aspire to use that same passion and intensity in my own breeding program.

Tell us about one of Chicago Bullies main goals going into the year 2018.
The focus for 2018 is to really hit the shows and get our new line up of dogs out there. Our main goal is winning and being the best. That is not an easy task, especially with the caliber of dogs we have showing today. However, I believe that we do have what it takes to make some noise and prove that we belong among the elite.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
In the future, I would like to see dogs that are healthier and structurally sound, regardless of breed. I would also like to see more emphasis put on breed standards. Promoting or encouraging any type of animal with excessive faults, should be discouraged. A big sore spot for many people right now is the kink tail situation. Some people don’t mind it and some don’t care either way. From a breeding perspective, any fault regardless of how small should be avoided. I want my dogs to be exemplary. If you are not striving for perfection, what are you striving for?

What separates Chicago Bullies from the competition?
This is not a competition to me, not even in the ring. I appreciate every person out there doing what they do, displaying their dogs to the world. I try to learn and evolve from every show, whether we win or lose. There is so much animosity that I have seen and it really isn’t necessary. People in the bully community endure similar trials and tribulations as the next man/woman when it comes to their dogs. You know what it feels like when that breeding didn’t take, or when you end up spending way more at the vet then you hoped. Even the feeling when you lost that pup.

At a dog show, I can spend hours talking to someone I just met. I can relate to their journey and appreciate their experience and point of view. I see others as colleagues, not competition. Everyone out there is trying to win, but not everyone will. Instead of promoting negativity, I just concentrate on what I’m doing to refine the breed that I love.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
In my opinion, an Exotic Bully is nothing more than an American Bully with a high level of English or French bulldog blood. They carry a vast array of health and structural issues. These issues include: an elongated soft palate, severely undershot bite, wry mouth, high rear, cow hocks, kink tail, easty westy, and the list goes on.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
As you can tell, I’m not a fan of the exotic movement. I’m not hating or bashing anyone. However, history has taught us that people have already messed up the Bulldog. The fact that they aren’t even able to birth a litter naturally anymore is nature’s way of saying this animal shouldn’t exist. To add that type of blood to any program seems counterproductive. It seems as though people get caught up in the money flashing aspect of the exotics. They worry more about the Benjamins than they do about the Bullies.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
My favorite hobby in the world is being a husband/father and nothing would matter without my family. I am extremely grateful and blessed to have such a supportive and positive influence in my life. We like to stay active, travel, and spend time together.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great resource for beginners and experts alike. They make a tangible impact on the bully community by spreading knowledge on the different bully breeds. They also promote kennels and breeders in a more positive and accessible system. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion. Keep up the good work!

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Delta Bulldogs: English Bulldog Breeder | California

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Delta Bulldogs: English Bulldog Breeder

State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Alejandro Ruiz-Gallegos. The name of my kennel is Delta Bulldogs. You can find us in Los Angeles, California.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed English Bulldogs. I fell in love with this breed because they are one of the most loyal dog breeds. They also have a great temperament.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
The typical nutrition for my dogs consist of a raw diet. I feed my dogs 2 lbs of chicken, that my partner grinds for me. With the grinded chicken I mix an egg. I will also include some shredded carrots for the puppies in their diet, as well as add some shredded carrots for my adults throughout the year.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I do not currently show any of my dogs. However, I do plan to make my first appearance at the bully expo on the 24th of February, in San Bernardino.

What advice does Delta Bulldogs have for any upcoming breeders?
The only advice I have is to take the time to study the breed. Look for the best lines before you get your foundation dogs. It may take a while, but be patient. Trust me, it will be worth it in the long run.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
The most difficult thing people will have to overcome is investing large amounts of money for the right foundation right from the start. Investing will leave a dent in your bank account, but that money will come back. If a person chooses to dodge this obstacle by purchasing low quality dogs, it will end up costing that person more in the future.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
The way to overcome this is to just take time. Be patient and save the money you will need to obtain the best foundation for your kennel. I understand most people are real eager to start. However, it will be worth the wait, once you see the quality that is being produced in your yard.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
When it comes to the bully game I look up to my partner Joel Escobedo, Mickey Neidlinger Edenfield (Mickey’s Bulldogs), and Lisa Jaycox (Edison Bulldogs). These three individuals don’t focus on enhancing their dogs pictures in order to sell their dogs. They take regular cell phone pictures and let their dogs quality speak for themselves.

Tell us about one of Delta Bulldogs main goals going into the year 2018.
One of my main goals for 2018 is to produce dogs that are the true definition of an English bulldog. Dogs that are short, compact, with a lot of wrinkles and no health issues (physically and genetically).

Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now I want to see a bully community that helps one another. I want to be able to see breeders who have been in the bully game for a long time help those that are just starting out.

What separates Delta Bulldogs kennel from the competition?
Consistency is what separates us from the competition. We produce dogs of the same caliber of quality every single time. That is key to having a successful program.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I enjoy to playing soccer and riding bmx in my free time. I love being outdoors and staying active.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think Bully Girl Magazine is great. I like the fact that they don’t choose to interview only the well established kennels. This gives opportunity for those who aren’t established yet to get their name out there.

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South Florida Bully Department: American Bully Breeder | Florida

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South Florida Bully Department: American Bully Breeder | Florida

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
Our kennel is South Florida Bully Department. Our names are Nicole and Joey Santiago. You can find us in Boca Raton, Florida.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We breed American bullies. Our passion started when we got our first bully. They are loyal, loving, and filled with so much personality. These characteristics are what made us decide that we wanted to breed. We strive to give families our vision of the perfect pet.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We feed our dogs Merrick Limited Ingredient, and glaze it with coconut oil, which helps keep their coats in amazing condition.

What is your favorite bloodline?
Daxline is our favorite bloodline.

Does South Florida Bully Department currently show any their dogs at the bully shows?
No, we currently do not show our dogs.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Do your research before getting into breeding. You must learn about the different bloodlines, colors, styles, and find out which one best suits you. This is the easier part. Once you have this figured out you have to do your research on how to breed. You can’t just throw two dogs together and pray for the best. Are you going with an AI or natural? What if your dogs won’t tie? What if you can’t find a vet willing to do an AI? Can you do it yourself? Is your vet willing to do progesterone testing? These are all questions you have to have answer prior to breeding.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
We think the most difficult thing for people to overcome is the judgement of others.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
People are not always going to agree with your style or vision of what the perfect dog is. However, you must stay focused and true to your dream. Others may not like it, but its yours and you must stand behind it. If you don’t believe in your dogs than no one will.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Ed Shepherd, because he was able to create amazing bloodlines in both the American Bully and American Pitbull Terrier communities. He is a pioneer in both breeds, and his bloodline can be found in almost all pedigrees.

Tell us about one of South Florida Bully Department’s main goals going into the year 2018.
One of our main goals is to get in the show ring and show people what we have to offer.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would like to see a more of community atmosphere, and not so much drama.

What separates South Florida Bully Department from the competition?
Our kennel is completely based around our family and our dogs are a huge part of it. Our children enjoy learning along with us. They get down and dirty, and love naming each puppy. All of our children have even assisted in the birth of puppies. It’s a family affair. They intend to carry on our dream.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
An exotic bully is a designer dog. It doesn’t fit any classification. It should be it’s own breed.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
I’m for it. Everyone has their own style, and as long as the dogs are healthy, I say go for it.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
We enjoy fishing, martial arts, and soccer.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
We think Bully Girl Magazine is a great source of information for anyone that wants to learn about the bully community.

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Gripp Tyte Bullies: American Bully Breeder | Florida

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Gripp Tyte Bullies: American Bully Breeder | Florida

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Jermaine Tucker. My kennel, Gripp Tyte Bullies, is located in Coral Springs, Florida.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed the American Bully. I was inspired to get involved with this breed, due to a few dogs that stood out to me in 2008. You see, I consider myself an original dog man because I started breeding Pit bulls at the age of 13. So when I saw this breed, I fell in love with it. Immediately I had a vision of the dogs that I wanted to create. That’s when I decided to switch over from Pit bulls to the American Bully Breed.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I do not keep my bullies on a specific branded diet throughout the year. However, I do always give them high quality grain-free kibbles (dry food). I also switch it up or double up with BAM RAW DIET, and/or kibbles because I believe in giving them the best nutrition possible.

What is your favorite bloodline?
My favorite bloodline is the HAZE line.

Do you currently show any of your dogs?
Yes, I currently show my male Gripp Tyte’s Platinum Plus, and my female Gripp Tyte’s Fiona.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
The best advice that I would have for upcoming breeders is to breed with a vision and purpose, and not for the hype!

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 when they breed their female dog, or pay money to breed their female dog, and she does not conceive.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
I think they can overcome this by having a large stock of female dogs that start their heat cycle at different times.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
In the bully game, I look up to Mr. Ed. Shepard and Jorge (The Bully Campline). I also salute Luis and Ivan, over there at Interstate Bullies. All of these men had a vision. They created a dog they liked, promoted them, and elevated the bully game to new levels. That’s my mission.

Tell us about one of Gripp Tyte Bullies main goals going into the year 2018.
One of my main goals going into 2018 is to champ out, or grand champ out 1 or 2 of the dogs that I produce.

Describe how you would want things in the bully community to be 10 years from now.
The bully community is in a pretty good place right now. In 10 years, I would want breeders to continue to elevate their knowledge on the bully breed. I would want to see the creation of beautiful and correct features in all aspects of the breed. This way we can continue putting great dogs in people’s homes, and keep the movement on a positive note.

What separates Gripp Tyte Bullies from the competition?
To tell the truth, I really don’t think the about competition because I breed for myself with my vision and my mission at hand. All-in-all, here at Gripp Tyte Bullies, we believe in quality, honor and respect.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
An Exotic Bully to me is just a look! See if you think about it, when you talk about an “exotic” car it’s a look. When you talk about an “exotic” woman it’s a look that she has. And so, in my own words, an Exotic Bully is simply just a look!

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
I love the exotic movement. However, I also feel that breeders should breed for the health benefits of the dogs too, not only for the “look”! Overall to me, it’s a beautiful movement!

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in.
I am involved with the American Bullies Against Bullying mentoring the youth program. I also have interests in youth football coaching.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I love Bully Girl Magazine! It’s been one of my goals and visions to partake on a page. And look…now the blessings have come to pass and it’s such a pleasure.

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