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Elite Bully Kennels: American Bully Breeder | Florida

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Elite Bully Kennels

Who is Elite Bully Kennels?

Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
My name is Tim Levi, and this is my beautiful wife Fonda Levi. We represent Elite Bully Kennels. You can find us in New Port Richey Florida.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We specialize in pocket and standard American Bullies. Like many others we started out with American Pit Bull Terriers. However, once we were introduced to the American Bully by a good friend of ours, we immediately fell in love. We were inspired by their overall appearance, temperament, and loyalty. We knew right away that this was the breed for us.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We currently have all of our adult dogs on a high quality, grain free kibble with a 30/20 protein to fat ratio. We also include daily vitamins and rotate between coconut oil and wild alaskan salmon oil throughout the year for their skin and coats. All of our pups are given Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula three times daily. We leave the rest to genetics.

What is your favorite bloodline?
There are so many bloodlines that bring good qualities to the table. We are currently working towards our own vision. Our vision is to have a clean, functional bully. This bully would have a lot of muscle mass, big bone, large head and a short compact frame. Without going over the edge, of course. So be sure to be on the lookout for the new Elite Line coming soon.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
Yes we do. Our stud El Chapo, who is off of Grand Champion RedRum, took 1st & 2nd place BBCR ribbons home this year. We are looking forward to introducing him and a couple of our productions to the ABKC in 2018.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
This isn’t a get rich quick type of business. You have to be willing to invest time, effort, and money into your program if you want to be successful.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
Individuals and animal rights groups that try to bring negativity about the breed, due to their own ignorance.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
We believe that education is the key to the acceptance of the breed, and responsible breeders. Negative perceptions can be overcome by being the voice for the breed. We try to do exactly what you guys do at Bully Girl magazine. That is to offer educational and informational outlets through websites, magazines and social media. We want to showcase both the breed and responsible breeders in a positive light.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
There are quite a few people that we respect in the bully game. We appreciate the way that they have conducted business, and how they represent the bully community. We have met a lot of friends along the way, and we are looking forward to meeting many more.

Tell us about one of Elite Bully Kennels most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Our most memorable moment of 2017 would have to include our road trip to Georgia. We competed in a BBCR show and took home 1st and 2nd place ribbons.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
As cliche as it might sound, we would really like to see the bully community come together as a whole. Everyone needs to focus less on the money, greed, and envy. What really matters is breeding quality dogs, that are going to bring happiness to other families for many years to come.

What separates Elite Bully Kennels from the competition?
At Elite Bully Kennels we pride ourselves on professionalism and legitimacy. We are licenced and regulated by the state of Florida. We strive to treat all of our customers with the respect, courtesy, and professionalism. They deserve it when making such a significant investment into their lifestyle.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
We are very much into physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. We are also very family oriented, and we love doing family activities. My wife is very much involved with our children’s schools. She is the school treasurer and she is on the board of the PTO.

What motto do you live by?
Raise Your Standards!

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
We think you guys are awesome! You are great advocates for the breed. We enjoy your magazine, and are big fans of your Bully Gear at BGM Warehouse. On behalf of everyone at Elite Bully Kennels, we would like to thank you very much for this opportunity!

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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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