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Smokin Barrel Bullies: American Bully Breeder | California

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Tell our readers about Smokin Barrel Bullies!
Our names are Marcus Jose and Danice Discipulo, of Smokin Barrel Bullies California. You can find us in Sacramento, California.

What type of dogs do you breed?
I breed American Bully’s. Growing up I have always been around the American Pit Bull Terrier and Am Staffs. I’ve always wanted my dogs to have more muscle or to have the biggest head. Once introduced to the American Bully breed. I fell in love with it. This was about 5 years ago.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Most of my animals are on a grain free diet. However, my animals that are currently showing during that season are on a 100% raw diet that I make myself.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I don’t have one. For me there isn’t one bloodline that completely embodies the breed type. Some are close but not exactly. I like a little bit of everything.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I do. I’ve been actively showing more or less for the better part of 5 years.

What advice does Smokin Barrel Bullies have for any upcoming breeders?
Sift through the hype and BS, and have an objective view when you’re looking at a dog. Know your breed standards and apply those standards to every bully you are breaking down. That’s how we are going to be able to get this breed to be respected and consistent.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
The hardest thing for people to overcome is to be able to definitively draw a line between hype and real. It’s seems like people hyping themselves, their dogs, and their kennels is running ramped, and they’ve got everyone fooled.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
The first step is to be aware of it. Some dogs have no business being bred. However, that doesn’t occur to many people.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to two people in the game. The first is Honorable judge John Certeza. Literally, the first guy to give me any sort of advice when I first started out. To this day he is still someone I go to for advice often. The second is Honorable judge Ryan McCawley my friend, partner, and brother. There’s little to no topic that you can ask this man about the breed that he cannot break down in detail. He was and still is invaluable to my development as a breeder and advocate for this breed.

Tell us about one of Smokin Barrel Bullies most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
I think the ultimate prize for a show goer and breeder is to win a Best in Breed and Best in Show. This year a bully I produced and own, won 2 shows and 3 Best in Breed’s. It was a very proud moment because the dog that did it had broken her leg 8 months prior, which stop us from showing again till late 2017. But we ended with a bang!

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I don’t know if I can say how I want them to be because I truthfully do not know. Although I don’t believe in, nor like some of the things in the community, it’s still interesting. If anything, I’d like to see less politics in the community and less BS.

What separates Smokin Barrel Bullies from the competition?
My partners and I want to be known as fixed points. Through the ups and downs of the breed, the love and hate, the hype and the real. We want to be known as the guys who kept producing consistent, progressive bullies to the standard. That’s how we separate ourselves.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
I don’t believe it should be called a bully. From my understanding, once a dog gets a written standard that is accepted by a registry, it fly’s under that flag. Once you intentionally breed dogs outside of the standard, I don’t believe they should carry the title “Bully”. If you asked me what is an exotic bully I would answer, not my kind of dog.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
I don’t understand it. I don’t understand what they stand for or what their trying to accomplish. If they don’t have a direction or reason for the dog to exist, can it really be called a movement? If they do have a reason, I don’t know it and can not have an opinion.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I like to shoot guns, drink alcohol, and drive fast. Not necessarily in that order though. I’m joking. My family is the most important thing in the world to me. When it’s not dogs or my career, my family gets all my time.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think that anyone that can develop a platform that can reach our community and affect it in a positive way is good with me.

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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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