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Menifee Bullies: French Bulldog and American Bully Breeder | California

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State your name, and where Menifee Bullies is located.
My name is Tacho Benavidez. I am the founder of Menifee Bullies. You can find us in Menifee, California.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We currently breed French Bulldogs and American Bullies, both standard and pocket sized. Ever since I was a kid my family has owned a Pit Bull and that breed has always been my “go to” dog of choice. I’ve always been fascinated by there drive and loyalty to one. But back then owning a Pit Bull was frowned upon. If you owned a Pit Bull you were stereotyped as a dog fighter, a cholo, or just an irresponsible dog owner with all the bad hype around it. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago when bully’s started shaking the “bad name”, with all the dog shows popping up. That helped out a lot.

When I bought my first couple of bully’s and Frenchies I had no intentions on breeding. It wasn’t until friends, family and even strangers would see us in public with our bullies and admire our dogs temperament. They always portrayed amazing temperament around people and other dogs. Everyone would always ask when we would be breeding, because they would love a dog like ours.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We currently have our dogs on Victor dog food, which is great for them. We have tried the raw diet in the past, but it was time consuming to prep the portions, and not to mention a little messy. So dry kibble is good for now. My studs get rewarded with raw steaks when they put in stud service.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I don’t have a favorite bloodline per say. However, we currently have Dax/Phenom bloodline here at Menifee Bullies.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
At this time I don’t show any of my dogs, or even go to the dog shows. My wife and I both have full time jobs as active duty service members. With that we tend to work every weekend. However, we plan on going to future bully shows with our dogs once we retire.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
The advice I have for any up and coming breeder is to be patient. Don’t get discouraged, stay clear of all the negativity you will cross along the way. Most of all, listen to the ones that are willing to go out of their way to help you out!

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
The most difficult thing one will come across in the breeding game will be the haters! Second, will be the scrutiny of the ones who are against breeding, and are pro adoption of dogs in shelters.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
The best way to overcome this is to just do you. Don’t worry about what the haters will say. The only people that matter is you, your family, and your kennel! Have faith in your kennel. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I don’t really have anyone that I look up to in the bully game. I respect everyone’s game, but I inspire to be like the Bully Camp kennels that have over 100k followers on social media.

Tell us about one of Menifee Bullies most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Some of my most memorable moments this year come from past clients of mine. They have come back to me this year looking for advice to start their own Kennel Club. All are clients who purchased a bully off me within the last two years. Their Bulls have matured and are ready to make that next step. It’s a great feeling to know you can help someone else in the bully game.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
There is nothing I would change in the bully community. It has come a long way from the 80’s, in a good way. There are so many celebrities that own bully’s now as well! The Bully community is blowing up. So many bully advocates are out there now helping to protect the Pit Bull reputation. More people are buying these dogs than when I was growing up. I’m proud to be a part of this movement.

What separates Menifee Bullies from the competition?
I would say it’s our patience with potential clients. We treat everyone with respect, and take the time to answer the hundreds of questions they have. LOL. I hear about it all the time. Clients come over and talk about how rude other kennels were when they asked questions about a puppy. Breeders have to understand, if someone is gonna drop 2k-5k on a bully, they’re going to have a shit ton of questions about their potential investment.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
An exotic bully to me means that somewhere down the bloodline, the dog has either English, Frenchie, or in some cases all the above. AKA “exotic”.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
Real talk, there is no way that a Standard Bully/Pitbull shrunk up to the size of a Frenchie in a matter of 20yrs. That’s just not how evolution works. But most breeders will get upset, and in some cases want to fight, if you ask if they have Frenchie or English blood in that exotic. It’s almost taboo to talk about the blood that went into an exotic. I personally don’t have a problem with exotics, but I wouldn’t own one. That’s just me. Call me old fashion but I’m happy with a standard American Bully.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Other than work and my kennel program, it’s just family time. I cherish what ever time I have with my wife and five kids.

What motto do you live by?
Our motto here, and in life is “Success is the best revenge”.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl is a great magazine! I love the blogs and shots of up and coming Bulls in the business. Keep up the good work Bully Girl!

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Cali-Vision Kennels: Exotic Bully Breeder | California

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Cali-Vision Kennels: Exotic Bully Breeder | California

Who is Cali-Vision Kennels?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Sierra Gill, founder of Cali-Vision Kennels. You can find us in Yuba city, California.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed exotic American bullies. My daughter inspired me to get involved with this breed. She always wanted to get a bully. So after doing lots of research, my husband and I decided to invest, and create our own vision in the bully world.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep my dogs on a high protein diet. I feed raw meats and vegetables. In addition to that, I alternate between Liquid Gold and Puppy Gold on their dry food. This helps to maintain a healthy weight and shiny coat all year long.

What is your favorite bloodline?
There are so many great bloodlines out there. However, if I had to choose one, it would be Phenom blood. Most of my dogs have Phenom blood in them. In my opinion it is a very adaptable blood that produces consistent, colorful, and well rounded muscular dogs.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I do not currently show my dogs, but I plan to in the future.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
My advice for upcoming breeders would be to figure out what your vision is. Then do lots of research before you invest. You want to understand how different bloods react together.

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 negativity between breeders.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
I think it can be overcome by not focusing so much on what other breeders are doing in their yard. Just stay focused on what your vision is.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to Jorge Luis Soto. He has turned himself into more than just a breeder. Jorge has created a corporation, and turned bullies into a lifestyle.

Tell us about one of Cali-Vision Kennels main goals going into the year 2018.
My main goal for 2018 would be to better my kennel. I would like to continue to expand my outreach with other kennels and create beautiful bullies.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now I would like to see the bully community become more united. I’d like to see the bully breed become more common in everyday households. I would also like to see more shows, events, and meetups.

What separates Cali-Vision Kennels from the competition?
In my opinion, what separates my kennel from others, is that all of my dogs are colorful micros with big dog features and nice structure. With that said, they are still able to run, jump, and play just like big dogs.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
To me an exotic bully is a dog that does not fit the normal standard.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
I think the moment is progressing in an amazing way, and I am excited to be a part of it.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I am a mother of two and a wife. So my hobbies outside of breeding are lots of family time and activities. We also enjoy going to the bully shows together.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think Bully Girl Magazine is great! They have an amazing outreach and are doing big things by helping better inform people on the bully breed. This helps to ensure that they are not banned or stereotyped. They also do a great job of keeping the bully community updated on upcoming events and shows.

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New School Bullies: American Bully Breeder | Massachusetts

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State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Sean Heffernan. I am the founder of New School Bullies. You can find us in Chester, MA.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We breed American Bullies because of the long history of love that I’ve always had for Pit Bulls. After the death of our 17 year old Pit, I was looking for a new breed, with the same loving temperament that a Pit has.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Our dogs are on a raw diet, as well as a grain- free dry food.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I don’t really have a favorite bloodline. I just like to focus on good health and breed type.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I currently show a few of my dogs, and have been showing for the last 3 years.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Upcoming breeders or buyers should do a lot of research.  Also, never be scared to ask questions.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I feel the most difficult thing to overcome is trying to get everybody to breed to one standard.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
I believe this can be overcome by DNA testing your dogs. Also, breeding Pockets to Pockets, Standards to Standards and XL’s to XL’s with the most breed type respectively.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
A few of the people that I look up to are Ron Ramos, and Oscar Gomez for their knowledge, and breedings. They have been very respectable people over the years.

Tell us about one of New School Bullies main goals going into the year 2018.
My main goals for 2018 are to produce some bad ass top breedings, hit up as many shows as possible, and make New School Bullies a household name.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would like to see one consistent look among the breed. Also, I’d love to see recognition of the American Bully in the AKC registry.

What separates New School Bullies from the competition?
We don’t worry about the competition. We just stay focused on our own goals.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
I feel like the Exotic bully is its own breed. It should be respected as such.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
I’d like to see the future of the Exotics consist of a clean healthy breed of dogs. I have seen some very healthy, beautiful Exotics.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I love spending time with my family, shooting a game of pool, and staying Bully 24-7.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl is a well respected magazine. They keep me up to date with all the info on the hottest Bulls, hottest kennels, and hottest bully gear.

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Prophecy Bullies: XL American Bully Breeder | Colorado

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Prophecy Bullies: XL American Bully Breeder

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is William Baker. Friends and family call me CJ. My kennel is not yet complete. Prophecy Bullies is currently located in Colorado, but we plan to relocate to Arizona in a month or two.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed XL bullies. What inspired me to get involved with this breed was my love for large dogs. I grew up with Rottweilers, and was always a huge fan of the XL bullies just by their appearance. I’ve been a fan since I was a freshmen in high school. It has been my dream to start up my own kennel and breed XL bullies.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
So like I said before, Prophecy Bullies is not yet a complete kennel, but is growing more and more everyday. We have a new addition to the pack coming real soon for the special Queen Zyra. However, I feed my girl Zrya Victor Nutro Pro, with raw meat such as chicken, beef, and pork.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I would have to say I am stuck between Royal bloodline and Gottline as my favorite bloodlines. However, if I had to choose it would probably be Gottiline.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I do not currently show my dog. Right now you can only see her on my Instagram @ProphecyBullies, with her gaining more and more fans everyday.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
I’m an upcoming breeder. So the advice I would give upcoming breeders is to just be yourself, and never stop fighting for your dreams and goals in this business. Hard work does and will pay off.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
The hardest things to overcome in the bully game is networking and meeting the right people to do business with. Only because not all, but a lot of breeders are in this business just for the money and greed.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
To overcome this, in my opinion I say participate in as many dog events as possible with your dog or by yourself. Meet and talk to people. Social media has always been a great way to network and get noticed. When it comes to doing business with people in the bully game, whoever does business with Prophecy Bullies is now family and a part of my kennel. With a mindset like that you will only surround yourself with the right people to do business with and form a family in the bully game. A team can overcome everything together.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
One kennel that I look up to in the bully game is ManMade Kennels. I have been watching them for as long as I can remember because of their bullies size and beauty. I love how they always want to help other people and how they do business. This made me feel as if they have the same outlook of family and working together as I do. With that being said, that’s where I purchased my first bully.

Tell us about one of Prophecy Bullies main goals going into the year 2018.
2018 is going to be a great year. We have a new addition to the pack coming real soon. Prophecy Bullies is really about to take off in the bully game. One of my main goals for 2018 is to have my first litter with Prophecy Bullies. I want to give the bully game something to remember.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now I would like there to be less competition between everyone in the bully game. Instead I would like to see more of a teamwork, with us all coming together as a big family to produce the best bullies in the world.

What separates Prophecy Bullies from the competition?
What separates Prophecy Bullies from certain kennels is I’m not in this breeding business for the money. I am doing this because of my love and passion for this breed. For my kennel and I, this has been a huge goal and dream to breed these XL’s Bullies.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
In my own words, an exotic bully is a miniature American Bully.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
In my opinion, I actually think the new exotic bully movement is different and interesting.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I work full time as an independent contractor driver. I also like to go to the gym and go on hikes with my pack.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think Bully Girl Magazine is one of the best bully magazines in the game. It was a privilege to be interviewed by your staff.  I am grateful for this opportunity.

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