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Rock City Bullies – Tennessee

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State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Clinton Carter, Chairman of the Board at ROCK CITY BULLIES. We are located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We breed exotic American Bullies. That is a compound question for us. My partners JERED LINDSEY, JEREMY WILLIAMS, and SARAH BURNETT, and I each had a love for the bully breeds throughout our growing up. Their loyalty, physique, and ability to assimilate into the family were some of what initially attracted us to this breed. In 2012, we had our first generation female, ‘ROCKLINE’S BLUE RIDGE’ aka SMOKY MOUNTAIN MOONSHINE, She was an Extreme, Dax Grand-daughter who possessed nearly everything we loved about the modern bully breed. While watching her grow and develop into the amazing female she is, we used this time to closely pay attention to what bloodlines and studs, at the time, had to offer to our young program. We fell in love with what EOG (Edge Of Gottiline) brought to the table. Their young stud ‘EOG BULLSEYE’ was producing a line of Bullies different than we had ever encountered, Exotic and Micro Bullies. We wanted to shrink down our girl Smoky, into a neat, blocky package. So we bred Smoky to Bullseye. We got exactly what we wanted – small dogs with big dog features. We have been addicted to these mini, exotic American Bullies ever since.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We personally feed Canidae’s UNDER THE SUN Grain Free, along with fish oils.

What is your favorite bloodline?
ROCKLINE!

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
We attend shows annually, bringing a dog or two to the event. But no, we currently do not show them in the ring. We have in the past. We have not yet found a registry that is permanently, and consistently sponsoring events where Bullies are shown. There was one we tried a couple times that lacked professionalism and was not accredited. We were however impressed with an ABR event we attended, and plan to attend another later this year.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
The most important thing to have as a breeder is love. You have to love dogs, the breed, the act of breeding, etc. Breeding can be very disheartening at times and there are a lot of disappointments along the way. You have to have a real love for it. Other than that, I’d say take your time with your program, and take it slow. Your foundation female is the key, don’t rush into buying or keeping a male. It is very rare to jump right into breeding and buy that male (Unless you have 75k + to spend). Not impossible, but rare. Be responsible, be sure you have the money to invest. Unforeseen events befall us all and believe me things never go exactly as planned. You have to prepare your heart and your pocket.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
Breaking through, and being seen. You can consistently produce exceptional dogs or you may even produce or own an insane stud, but if you’re not that guy or you have no marketing team, no PR management, or no social presence noone will know you exist. The owner can make or break the dog.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Social Media Marketing, establishing great business relationships with fellow breeders, attending events, staying in communication with owners of dogs you’ve produced, owners of stud sales, and most importantly a strong, solid team of people who represent the brand as a whole with solidarity in the way they present themselves physically and online.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
The first person who always comes to mind is Roger Toma, Mr. West Coast Gottiline himself. He has been able to stay incredibly relevant over many years, yet he is able to stay out of the politics within the ‘Bully Breeding Community’. He has produced foundation dogs for the entire Bully Community. If you look into some of the top Bully Kennels and breeding program pedigrees, it’s inevitable to see his involvement. Some of the biggest studs in the world have his dogs throughout the pedigree. In my experience he is also a great businessman, which is so rare and important within the breeding community as a whole.

Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Unfortunately, this year I was diagnosed with STAGE 4 Cancer. My most memorable Bully moment would have to be June 9th, 2017. My team and I had been carefully planning an in-house breeding we had been waiting patiently on for months. Our Kingpinline LOCO LV son ‘ROCKLINE’S SOUTHSIDE FUNK’ x Big Money daughter ‘WCG ACE-LINE’S GOLDIE’. We found out she was pregnant around the same time I was diagnosed and she went in for her C-Section the day I started my first round of chemotherapy, JUNE 9th. It was memorable for me in this though: (to emphasize what I said earlier about a solid team of people). I was hospitalized and unable to bring my own dog to the Veterinarian for her C-Section, or to deliver the puppies, or bring them home and care for them, or the rest of my dogs at home during that period of time. My team handled the entire thing for me. They even took off work to do so, stayed the night at my house with my dogs and puppies, keeping Goldie comfortable and enabling 7 amazing, healthy puppies to enter the world with not one discrepancy.

Describe how you would want things, in the Bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would like to see more of what I saw back in 2012. More variety, more originality, inspiration, and motivation, I’d like to see many groups of people, collective breeders and lines, and a wider gene pool. It seems like the past year everyone is breeding to one stud. I hope the American Bully, in it’s many standards, can become a more established breed like that of a German Shepherd or Golden Retriever, exuding professionalism, no longer the target of ‘Pit Bull’ hating trolls, but known for being the true companion and family dog that it is.

What separates your kennel from the competition?
Rock City Bullies stands out in one way above all else. Our professional, and business approach to the act of breeding. This stands out and is rare within the community. Our CMO Misty Myers also ensures that we receive the best medical care for our dogs, keeping them in peak health. We are able to work closely with S.A.M. Photography & Design, one of the top Bully photographers in the nation. In addition, never settling for 2nd rate. Always using the best studs, best females in the nation. We are never breeding financially. We are allways breeding deliberately, and patiently.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I own a local place of business, we are also beginning new real estate endeavors.

What motto do you live by?
The Golden Rule: All things that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I have always admired the persistence, consistency, and relevancy of BGM. BGM has found a niche within the Bully Community, and has been successful in that.

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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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