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Haile Selassie: French Bulldog and English Bulldog Breeder | Pennsylvania

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Check out this exclusive Bully Girl Interview! Haile Selassie, founder of HD Bullyz speaks about his passion for breeding French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs. Haile Selassie has a new stud, featured in this video, named HD Bullyz B-Bop. B-Bop has been making a lot of noise at shows around the U.S., and he will also be featured on the Issue 72 cover of Bully Girl Magazine. A lot of you may have heard of B-Bop’s sire, HD Bullyz Grand Champion Yosemite Sam. Yosemite Sam was featured on the Issue 52 cover of Bully Girl Magazine, back in 2014. His offspring B-Bop almost looks like a Yosemite clone. Make sure you order yourself a copy of Bully Girl Magazine Issue 72 from BGM Warehouse, so you can see more photos, and read more interesting content on B-Bop, Yosemite Sam, and HD Bullyz.

Who is Haile Selassie?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
I am Haile Selassie, founder of H.D. Bullyz (Haile Defined Bullyz). You can find us in York, PA.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs. I was inspired by my wife to get into French Bulldogs. It was the cartoon “Tom & Jerry” that inspired me to get into English Bulldogs.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
All of our dogs are on a raw/barf diet.

What is your favorite bloodline?
My favorite French Bulldog bloodlines are Li-Jie, Shark, and Sopianae Imperator. All of these lines are Hungarian bloodlines.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
We currently have a few dogs we are showing, and a few newly titled dogs. H.D. Bullyz Ch. B-Bop Sam is one of the few we are currently showing. We are working on his Grand Champion title. We love to travel and show our dogs worldwide.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Do tons of research, and when you think you have learned enough, go back and learn more. There is no such thing as knowing enough information. Also, reach out to knowledgeable breeders and ask questions.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
The hardest thing for people in the bully breed community to overcome is togetherness.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
We can overcome this as a community by working together more. We should be offering a helping hand when we see our fellow breeders in need of help. Learn to be able to give and take constructive criticism.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to Bully Girl Magazine. I respect LeVar Carter for building his own following. It is cool to see how much he has grown with his company. He is continuously looking for new ways to reach and please his customers with amazing quality in his product. I also look up to Terry Huntley & Melica Kuykendall from Incredabull Frenchies, as they too breed and show Quality French Bulldogs as well. I also look up to my good friend Cindy Batten, a local French Bulldog breeder also out of PA.

Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
One of our most memorable moments of 2017 was attending the ABKC show in Virginia back in the spring. Also, attending the ABR show in Biloxi, Mississippi back in November.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would love to see people working together, and becoming more and more supportive of one another. At the very least be more supportive of those bringing positivity to the bully breed community.

What separates your kennel from the competition?
We are family based and do everything as a family. Everything we do is out of pure love, and we are transparent.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I am a huge fan of drone racing, RC racing, and photography.

What motto do you live by?
I live by the Motto “You Only Live Once (YOLO)”.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I am a huge supporter of Bully Girl Magazine, and I love what they bring to the community. Bully Girl Magazine is not only original and positive, but they offer the best quality! They are a true inspiration to what we stand for and want to continue to offer the community.

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TP-Kennels: XL American Bully Breeder | New Jersey

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Who is TP-Kennels?

Tell our readers a little about yourself.
My name is Alexander Rosario III. I am the owner and founder of TP-Kennels. You can find us in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. However, I always shout out my home town Hoboken, New Jersey.

What type of dogs do you breed? Also, what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
My current preference of breed is the American Bully, more specifically the XL American Bully. The thing that inspired me the most about the breed was how badly they were misinterpreted and stereotyped. I believed, and continue to believe that I have the ability to change that perception into a positive one. I own a rescue. I’ve seen firsthand how loyal and loving they are. I’d have to say that also played a huge role as to why I got involved so in-depth.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep it simple. Thus, I do stay away from foods that contain processed meats, corn, by-products, and low level brands that are a lot cheaper to buy. I like to use kibble grain free foods, such as Nature’s Domain. I try to stay within having the first three ingredients of the label consisting of meats, fish, or any other source of quality protein. Also, there needs to be a beneficial ratio of carbs to equal a well balanced meal.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
At this point in time, I do not currently show my dogs. However, in 2018 I will be making my way back into the show ring to compete for titles. I look forward to meeting more great people. My most recent production, as well as, other TPK productions have earned their titles ( “C.G.C” and advanced “C.G.C.”) under multiple registries. I look forward to 2018.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Trust is a two way street. Trust the upmost in yourself and never be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb question is the one that you do not ask. Be able to handle criticism. Make a note to never depend on your dogs as a source of income. Your dogs depend on you. If you’re serious about your craft, trust yourself and God.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
In my opinion, ego’s. As the old saying goes, a lot of people will go out of their way and help. However once you become, what’s considered “competition”, those who support you tend to slide out and disappear.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Continue to support one another, especially in their absence. The community and our youth look to us for guidance and direction. We must do a better job at leading by example. Become educated followers so that people can see that with unity comes strength.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I respect and look up to all those who are out their putting that dedication, work, practice, and love into this breed. In reality, the ingredients are right there.

Tell us about one of TP-Kennels most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
I do a lot of community work with my XL American Bullys. I would have to say first would be getting their temperament titles (C.G.C. & C.G.C.A.). This is something I truly take pride in. The second would be having the ability to bring joy, love, and laughter to those who need it most. I have two XL Bully’s that are also certified therapy dogs. On the regular, I bring them to rehabilitation centers and senior citizen homes. They are always greeted with love and affection. We were able to make a major impact in our community this year.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I truly expect it to blossom and continue on the path of greatness. I expect more people to temperament test their Bully’s and set the bar higher than it already is.

What separates TP-Kennels from the competition?
What separates me from the competition is that I don’t just say that I breed for temperament. I back it up with facts and certifications. My first and second generation productions have all obtained their temperament titles and are solidifying their soundness. With that being said, I feel I can back all of my statements up when I say  that I breed well balanced, well structured, temperament dogs.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Mainly spending time with my family. I also love photography, flying drones, working out, playing all sports, and traveling as much as I can.

What motto do you live by?
My motto is simple. “Respect is earned, not taken”.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great outlet of productive information that is shared globally. I’ve been a fan since our last interview. I strongly believe that you and your entire team are doing an outstanding job representing the breed. Bully Girl Magazine is helping to bridge the gap between communities and representatives.

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Swaggerville Exotic Bullies: Exotic Bully Breeder | Georgia

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Who is Swaggerville Exotic Bullies?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Callie Teller, founder of Swaggerville Exotic Bullies. I have a main base location in Atlanta, GA, and a smaller location in Las Vegas, NV.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed exotic style dogs, however they are still functionally sound. I just like a bigger, thicker, more exaggerated look with a shorter muzzle. I’ve was always into Pit Bulls and game dogs growing up. Once bullies hit the scene, I fell right in.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep my whole yard on a basic kibble, with high protein and fat. Nothing special.

What is your favorite bloodline?
My favorite bloodline would have to be Miagi Blood. I dig the elbows, tight skin, and chinky eyes.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I don’t currently show any of my dogs. However, in 2018 I do plan to travel to a lot more shows to let my product be seen.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
My advice to an upcoming breeder would be to stack your females. Also build the proper housing area for your pets. Stay focused, find your own wave and ride it!

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
The most difficult thing to over come may be watching what’s going on outside of your yard, and losing focus. People are always trying to keep up.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
To over come that focus on your program. Set your own goals for your yard and achieve them.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I really don’t look up to anyone in the bully game. I have respect for everyone, but I can’t say that I look up to anyone in particular.

Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
My most memorable moment of 2017 was probably producing that Tri litter off Babe, and selling out in 48hrs. I’ll never forget that. LOL.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would just love to see the bully community continue to grow in a positive direction.

What separates your kennel from the competition?
I think our drive, our focus, and our output is what separates us from the rest. We are non-stop with our foot on the gas pedal. We stay clear of negativity and are always promoting positivity.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Some other hobbies include photography, and spending time with my family.

What motto do you live by?
Swaggerville or NO DEAL!

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl is a great magazine, and a positive resource for the bully community. Thanks for having me!

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Unleashed Kennels: XL American Bully Breeder | Georgia

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Unleashed Kennels: XL American Bully Breeder

Who is Unleashed Kennels?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Jessica Wade. I am the owner of Unleashed Kennels. You can find me in Auburn, Georgia.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
My breed of choice is the XL American Bully. I started back in 2005 with Pit Bulls. I was looking for a calmer version that would be more of a conformation show dog, with the ability to be a family pet as well. So in 2008 I made the switch to American Bullies. The love and loyalty this breed has is hands down. I fell in love. I have such a special bond with each one of my dogs in different ways!

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
They are on 4 Health Grain Free Dog Food, with raw given as treats. 

What is your favorite bloodline?
I breed XL American Bullies, so I am a huge fan of the large yet functional bloodlines. That’s why I am in love with old school bloodlines, such as Watchdog and Greyline. 

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
Yes, I have been showing with the ABKC since 2011. I try to show on a yearly basis. 

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
I would say to be true to yourself, and never change to get on someone else’s level. Also stick to your word, because at the end of the day that is all you have. Reputation will get you further than anything elser. To maintain your reputation you have to always do what’s right, no matter the loss or hardship it may cost you.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
To me it’s pride. When someone becomes boastful or thinking they know it all, it’s game over! I am constantly learning. My very own mother was a Dog Show Judge and Veterinarian for over 20 years. Humbleness and kindness is what I notice a lot of people are lacking nowadays. 

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Take time to listen and learn. Don’t try to jump into something without knowledge. Once you have a lot of really amazing breedings or show wins, just be happy and share it. Don’t get arrogant and forget where you started.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I honestly look up to a lot of my fellow breeders, in all classes and breeds. Mainly people I have met at shows or purchased my foundation dogs from. As cheesy as this may sound, I looked up to my mother who passed away in 2014, while I was at my favorite Atlanta dog show. She taught me to be who I am today, and she gave me so much knowledge on breeding and raising dogs. I will never forget any of it! 

Tell us about one of Unleashed Kennels most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Man oh man! After having 2 years of what I call bad luck with my breedings, I would say it was my rising studs first show this past March. He took first place up against another fellow friend/ breeders male. I was so proud of him! He also has gone on this year to sire several litters that are so far very consistent. I can’t wait to see what the the years ahead look like for him!

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now I’d hope that more people come together to help one another. Your fellow breeder isn’t your competition, but someone that you could help and receive help from. We all need to have more unity. Stop trying to step on people to get further.  

What motto do you live by?
You get what you give. 

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think it’s a great bully breed magazine! We share the same thoughts and feelings, when it comes to the health and well being of the bully breed!

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