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Texas Five Star Bullies

Texas Five Star Bullies

Texas Five Star Bullies

State your name, and where your kennel is located.

My name is Gilbert Herrera, and I am the owner of Texas Five Star Bullies Kennel, located in Bastrop, TX.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?

I breed standard American Bully’s. I’ve been an animal lover all my life and just fell in love with the breed’s temperament, willingness to please, protective nature, and their overall look. They are amazing dogs, that have such a calming quality to themselves. They are amazing protectors, and extremely loyal.

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

They get a blended high protein diet, with a mix of omega 3’s and fish oils, for their coat and skin.

What is your favorite bloodline?

I would have to say my favorite bloodline is the ‘Homie’ bloodline, out of California. Thee Bus and Beastro from The Bully Market, are amazing dogs! Those guys are doing big things out there!

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?

Not at the moment. Kids and sports take over my weekends currently.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?

Don’t get discouraged, and breed for the look you love. A lot of people get lost in the hype and forget what it’s all about.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?

Just the stereotype of the breed itself. I’ve always said, there aren’t bad dogs, just bad owners.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?

Education is the key! The more people can get the word out and properly educate the public, the closer we get to overcoming this completely unfair stereotype.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?

I would say I look up to the guys at The Bully Market and the Carolina Bully Farm camp. They have a love and passion for what they do, and I admire that. They aren’t in it for just the money or fame. They have a genuine love for the breed.

Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2016 so far.

It would have to be my first in-house breeding that I was able to do on my own. This year I’m trying some new things, and gearing up to make a name for myself in this game.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Commuity, to be 10 years from now.

I would hope that some of my fellow breeders would let go of the greediness. There are too many out there trying too hard to make a name and paycheck for themselves, that they are not breeding safely. They are trying to hard to get the smallest exotic or inbreeding down, and I don’t feel that they are looking out for the dogs health and well being. I’m not saying I discriminate against any breeds or sizes, because I have an appreciation for the game as a whole, and I’ve definitely seen some amazing animals from XXL’s to micro minis. I just wish people wouldn’t lose sight of what’s really important, just to make a dollar, and that’s the dog itself.

What separates your kennel from the competition?

I would have to say a couple things. First, the fact that I am very selective in what I’m looking for, in my camp. I’m not out there just breeding whatever I can find to get my numbers up. I put a lot of time and effort into finding the exact features I’m looking for, so I can make sure I get the best end result. Secondly, I genuinely care where my dogs, and puppies go. I have to feel like you’re going to treat your dog like your kid or it’s a no go.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?

I am an avid outdoorsman. I love to hunt and fish. I also have four two legged kids, that keep me very busy with sports and other activities.

What motto do you live by?

“If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.”

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?

I think it’s a great magazine, that shows the bully breeds in such a positive light. It’s always full of useful information, that is not only helpful to a novice, but also seasoned vets in the bully world. They always have awesome dogs, and fascinating articles inside each issue. I’m honored to be a small part of it.

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Chicago Bullies: American Bully Breeder | Illinois

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Chicago Bullies: American Bully Breeder | Illinois

Who is Chicago Bullies?

Tell our readers about Chicago Bullies.
My name is Vince Pace, founder of Chicago Bullies. You can find us in the beautiful, windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed American Bullies, and have been involved with bully breeds since 1999. Training, showing, and breeding American Pit Bull Terriers and American Bulldogs is a big part of my life. As I got older and started a family, I was looking for a breed that was more laid back. The first time I saw an American Bully, it wasn’t a breed yet. People knew them as a Razors Edge pit bulls. They were thicker and more muscular than game bred dogs. They also had the attitude of a Golden Retriever, and very low prey drive.

The first all American Bully show that I attended was great. I did not see one instance of dog or people aggression in any of the American Bullies. I knew this was the breed for me. In 2008, I bought my first American Bully. My love for the breed exploded from there. They are the perfect family dog.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Our dogs eat Diamond Naturals grain-free kibble all year round. During the winter months, we add raw chicken and beef to their diet to add quality fats and protein.

What is your favorite bloodline?
That’s a tough one. I like dogs that are true to the standard and correct. Many of the bloodlines have strayed so far from where they first started. It is hard to see any resemblance to the founding dogs on their pedigree. I have always been a fan of Razors Edge blood. Many successful, show-winning studs originated from that bloodline, including Samurai Paco and Beastro, to name a few.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
Yes. Our goal is to produce show quality dogs, according to breed standards. The best way to determine if you have produced a champion is in the ring. Actually, it’s the only way! To me, showing dogs is a crucial part of any quality, reputable breeding program.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
The best advice I can give to any upcoming breeder is to stay true to your breed. In the bully community, we still have people mixing English and French bulldog blood into their breedings. I have no problem with either breed other than the huge list of health issues they suffer from. Breeders should strive to create better specimens with each breeding. However, adding bulldog blood only introduces more health and structural issues. It is suspected that bulldog blood was used to create the American Bully. I do believe it was added somewhere in the origins, but now it is an established breed. So let’s cut the bull! People need to think about the animal first and the dollar last.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
For me, the most difficult thing in the bully game is having the time to attend shows. Going to a dog show usually takes an entire weekend. However, it is just a small part of what it takes to prepare for the ring. There is lead-training, teaching commands, stacking, exercise, proper diet, socialization, and grooming. All of which needs to be done in time, just to be ready for the show. Then, even after all that hard work, you may still go home empty-handed, which is no fun.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Time is a precious commodity. So one way to overcome time restraints is planning ahead. At the beginning of the year, I will look at all the shows already booked. I will reserve the shows that I want to attend on the calendar months in advance. If for some reason I can’t make it, there are a bunch of other shows to fall back on.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
There are a few people that I look up to in this lifestyle. These people have the hustle and drive to do what it takes to win. Khanh Nguyen of Phokingstyle Bullies, also a Chicago guy, has been real with me since the first time I talked to him. He welcomed me to see his dogs. He also explained about the bloodlines he used, and answered all of the questions I had regarding breeding, showing, etc. His champions were produced off of his own breedings. Their productions are producing champions as well.

Then there are people like Robert Lee and Ty Lumley, who also put in work. They have each built a thriving brand for themselves within the bully world beyond breeding alone. All of these men have been a success using dogs that are structurally sound and proven in the show ring. Their studs are not some short-lived trend, but a pillar of the community around since the early days of the breed. I can respect the determination, time, and effort that it takes to prevail. I aspire to use that same passion and intensity in my own breeding program.

Tell us about one of Chicago Bullies main goals going into the year 2018.
The focus for 2018 is to really hit the shows and get our new line up of dogs out there. Our main goal is winning and being the best. That is not an easy task, especially with the caliber of dogs we have showing today. However, I believe that we do have what it takes to make some noise and prove that we belong among the elite.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
In the future, I would like to see dogs that are healthier and structurally sound, regardless of breed. I would also like to see more emphasis put on breed standards. Promoting or encouraging any type of animal with excessive faults, should be discouraged. A big sore spot for many people right now is the kink tail situation. Some people don’t mind it and some don’t care either way. From a breeding perspective, any fault regardless of how small should be avoided. I want my dogs to be exemplary. If you are not striving for perfection, what are you striving for?

What separates Chicago Bullies from the competition?
This is not a competition to me, not even in the ring. I appreciate every person out there doing what they do, displaying their dogs to the world. I try to learn and evolve from every show, whether we win or lose. There is so much animosity that I have seen and it really isn’t necessary. People in the bully community endure similar trials and tribulations as the next man/woman when it comes to their dogs. You know what it feels like when that breeding didn’t take, or when you end up spending way more at the vet then you hoped. Even the feeling when you lost that pup.

At a dog show, I can spend hours talking to someone I just met. I can relate to their journey and appreciate their experience and point of view. I see others as colleagues, not competition. Everyone out there is trying to win, but not everyone will. Instead of promoting negativity, I just concentrate on what I’m doing to refine the breed that I love.

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
In my opinion, an Exotic Bully is nothing more than an American Bully with a high level of English or French bulldog blood. They carry a vast array of health and structural issues. These issues include: an elongated soft palate, severely undershot bite, wry mouth, high rear, cow hocks, kink tail, easty westy, and the list goes on.

What is your opinion on the new exotic breed movement?
As you can tell, I’m not a fan of the exotic movement. I’m not hating or bashing anyone. However, history has taught us that people have already messed up the Bulldog. The fact that they aren’t even able to birth a litter naturally anymore is nature’s way of saying this animal shouldn’t exist. To add that type of blood to any program seems counterproductive. It seems as though people get caught up in the money flashing aspect of the exotics. They worry more about the Benjamins than they do about the Bullies.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
My favorite hobby in the world is being a husband/father and nothing would matter without my family. I am extremely grateful and blessed to have such a supportive and positive influence in my life. We like to stay active, travel, and spend time together.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great resource for beginners and experts alike. They make a tangible impact on the bully community by spreading knowledge on the different bully breeds. They also promote kennels and breeders in a more positive and accessible system. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion. Keep up the good work!

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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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New School Bullies

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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