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State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Shannon Washington, founder of Pryme Tyme Kennels, located in Houston, TX.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed XL’s. When I first started breeding 17 years ago, I purchased a pitbull that ended up being 80+ lbs which at that point was rare. So since then I always liked the bigger dogs, because it was something different. So I was producing 85-90 lb dogs, and I eventually got a female from Daniel Cantu named Flame, which he had got from Kenny Sonia. Flame was a 95lb female and although she was around the same weight as my male, she had better bone, head, and chest. To be honest, I knew as much as I loved my male, he would have not done her any justice. So I chose to stud her to a King Lion son named Krush, and went a different route.

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What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?

I feed all of my dogs a raw diet of different blends of chicken, beef, fish, and vegetables.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I’m a fan of a few, which is why my program consist of different types. I might like the heads from one bloodline, the rear from this one, and the overall structure and temperament of another.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
Right now I am not showing a dog, but I just did a breeding that I look forward to putting them in the show ring.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Breed to your vision alone. Stay in your lane and build your clients around what your vision is. Everyone chases the fads and wonders why some people are producing better. Also, they end up with dogs they don’t want or like because they followed someone else’s vision. With that said don’t be kennel blind. You have to be harder on your dogs than anyone else. Always look for ways to make what you have look and perform better, or be healthier. If you don’t think that’s possible, there’s no point in breeding.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
Unity. Tall dogs are giraffes, and the short dogs are pigs. Either that or this dog is this, and this dog is that. Competition is good but anytime there is money involved, people are more desperate to bring the attention to them. There’s so many breedings that should go down, but certain people don’t get along.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Stay in their lane. Try to be the best breeder you can be, and get closer to producing your opinion of a perfect specimen with every breeding.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to a few people actually. I’ve been doing this for 17 years, but there are some people who put me up on game. People like Matt Williams, and Jose Marion, as far as knowledge is concerned. I’m not as influenced by the money or people who are killing the game, but I definitely respect the business mindedness because no matter what people say, you have to some things right to make it to that level.

Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2016 so far.
Just not getting back into everything again. I’ve been busy shooting a movie and a tv series, but I just now lined up a few breedings for the end of this year.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Commuity, to be 10 years from now.
I would like to see more unity. Also, for us to better define a specific look in the XL community, there are too many different looks, unlike that of the bully’s. I want everyone to come together as a whole, and get on the same page.

What separates your kennel from the competition?
I do what I like, and what I want. I don’t do a breeding to compete with anyone. I do breedings because I like it and I want, or would keep something. When mistakes happen, I try to not make them over again. That is why Pryme Tyme Kennels is different from some of the others.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I’m a film producer, and right now we are shooting a TV show entitled Dreamsville. We are also in pre-production for a movie, called Monet.

What motto do you live by?
Nobody can’t beat you at being you when you’re true to yourself.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I actually liked the few magazines that I’ve seen, but even bigger than that I’ve had the opportunity to see it grow, and that’s a blessing. To see people come together, have a vision and the guts to grow that into a reality, should be what everyone aspires to do. This especially goes for breeders.

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What is an Exotic Bully? | Opinions from Breeders in the Bully Community

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First, let us start off by stating that Bully Girl Magazine loves all breeds. With that said, there has been a lot of controversy over the past few years about a new breed of dog. The Exotic Bully. Those who brought this breed about and the many who have followed, love the Exotic Bully Breed. However, there are also many who despise this new breed, and feel that it is an unhealthy representation. Once more, there are a great deal of people who don’t even know what an Exotic Bully is.

Bully Girl Magazine looks to shed some light on this new Exotic Bully Movement. We have decided to get opinions from bully dog breeders, as well other bully community members around the world. We simply asked all these people the same two questions:

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
What is your opinion on the new Exotic Bully Breed Movement?

The responses we received were interesting. The Exotic Bully is definitely a controversial topic on a global scale. Read the responses below and let us know what you think about the Exotic Bully Breed and Movement in our comments section.

Jacobi Guyton – The Bully Kingdom (Texas)

“Hmmmm, to me an exotic bully is exactly like the name exotic! Something special that you don’t see too often. My perfect exotic bull would be short and clean, with a slight bow on the front. It would have a full tail, and be very functional.”
“Since there is no standard for the exotic class. I feel that there are too many experiments out there. However, I have also seen some dope ass exotics bulls out there too. D1 Kennels does a great job in that class!”

Tim Levi – Elite Bully Kennels (Florida)

“Exotics in our opinion are Bullies that have been bred to the extreme by pushing the envelope of the breed standard.”
“Although we prefer pockets and standard American Bullies, we have friends that own everything from exotics to XL’s. To each his own. Who are we to judge? After all, this breed was founded on pushing the limits, since it’s inception.”

Orlando Ortiz – Hammerhead Bullies (Texas)

“An exotic bully is a smaller compact Bully with bulldog features.”
“The exotic bully breed movement is nice if it’s bred right. If you scatter too much blood around it can get messy.”

Jessica Wade – Unleashed Kennels (Georgia)

“You know, I have a few friends that breed Exotics and to each their own. They aren’t my preferred style of dog. But I have to say, I have seen some clean correct ones lately. If I had to describe it, I would say it’s an over-exaggerated style of features on a smaller, more compact dog.”
“I have no problem with it when done correctly. A functional dog should be the result. When the quality of life for these dogs gets compromised,  I get upset. Dogs should not die at an early age due to health related issues.”

Carlos Hernandez – Pound4Pound Bullys (Connecticut)

“In my opinion an Exotic Bully is simply the look of the dog. Certain features in the dog make it exotic, not just the bloodlines.”
“I have no problems with the exotic breed as that is what I am currently breeding. I definitely enjoy having exotics. The designer looks they carry as well as their temperaments is something I love.”

Brandon Johnson – Triple J Bullies (Louisiana)

“An exotic bully is a man’s best friend!”
“I love it. I can see things changing. A lot of folks are becoming aware of the breed, and we’re here to make a mark.”

Haile Selassie – H.D. Bullyz (Pennsylvania)

“An exotic to me is something that is not ordinary, or is different than the usual.”
“I feel there is room for all likings. Hopefully, with more time we will see more improvement in the breed.”

From what we can gather, the Exotic Bully Breed is a new designer breed. When bred right you will have an exotic looking bully that will still be functional. When bred wrong, it can lead to various health issues, which can shorten the life span of the dog. Everyone has different opinions when asked about the exotic bully. What are your opinions on the Exotic Bully Breed movement? Leave a comment below and share opinion on this topic.

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Triple J Bullies: American and Exotic Bully Breeder | Louisiana

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Who is Triple J Bullies?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My Name Is Brandon Johnson, founder of Triple J Bullies. You can find me in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
Triple J Bullies breeds American And Exotic Bullies. I was inspired in 2015 by a family member. I then started looking online at different things and came across a tri-colored American Bully. Once I took the time and learned about the breed, I was able to find a kennel to start from. (Kjbsk) Abbeville, Louisiana.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
My dogs are on a grain free diet, and have scheduled meal hours.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I have a few favorite lines, but Haze Blood is at the top of the list. I’ve seen some nice dogs produced by Haze Line.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
No, we are not currently showing any of our dogs. However, with the upcoming litter’s, I think 2018 is looking very promising.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
If you have passion and love for the breed, go for it. Nothing can happen overnight. Just don’t give up, and never have too much pride to have a listening ear. There is always help inside the Bully Community.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
I think experiencing new lines is one of the things that’s kind of hard to overcome.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
It’s okay to change the taste buds or just create your own.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
There are several kennels that I look up to in the bully game. They all are doing big things and making or have made their mark in the game. Respect!

Tell us about one of Triple J Bullies most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Experiencing how much my family has engaged themselves with the breed itself.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
Extravagant, going every breeders way if possible. I would like to see everyone make progress and bring new things to the bully community.

What separates Triple J Bullies from the competition?
No competition. We’re just in our own land, creating a wave.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I enjoy drawing and photography in my free time. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as horse riding, trail rides, fishing etc,.

What motto do you live by?
“Not chasing the hype, just in our own zone creating it.”

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is the place to be. It’s great for the Bully Community, as it keeps us informed on the latest events.

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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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