State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Aldo Martinez, and we are Wine Country Bullies. Our kennel is Located in Lompoc, Ca.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed French Bulldogs: Blue and rare colors, along with standards as well. I’ve been breeding for years with bully breeds. I started with English Bulldogs which really pushed me to be well rounded breeder. Doing progesterones, A.I’s, c-sections, whelping, and the whole nine yards, you learn so many tricks of the trade being hands on or by other breeders. But the frenchies fit so perfect at our home so we were sold! They’re perfect for outdoor or indoor, big family or small family, apartment dwelling or big homes, I kno I kno... I can go on for ever! Lol
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Grain Free dog food is a must. I used to feed “Taste of the Wild,” but just switched to “Nature Domain “ dry and canned. I do give them supplements and some veggies, but my secret is venison. Yes, Deer Meat! I am a hunter, so I bring wild game home for my family, and that includes my dogs. It doesn’t get any more organic than that.
What is your favorite bloodline?
In the frenchie game there’s just to many to talk about. I am just a huge fan of so many from the west coast to east coast, from Canada to the UK, I just love seeing these breeders produce consistent well rounded dogs and improving the breed.
Do you currently show any of your dogs?
I currently don’t show, but I am definitely looking forward to doing so in the near future.
What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Make sure you look into what you are breeding, and that it will fit you and your family. Talk to other breeders, and don’t be afraid to ask about health, temperament, guarantees or any other questions that you might have. There’s no such thing as a dumb question, and if you buy from a reputable breeder he or she will gladly answer all of them. Learn from good teachers and pick up on not only good breeder habits, but business sense and humbleness. The breeder world is big but at the same time if your not being honest or keeping your word on deals, it can be a small world. I know you always hear this, but it is so true. Don’t breed for the money. Study the breed, pedigrees, healthiness, and colors. Then you can strategize or plan to match up, breed, and raise dogs that you took time, sweat, money, research, sleepless nights to create. That’s what it’s all about!
What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I think being able communicate, teach, and share your years of experience, with those who are willing to learn and show interest.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Be open to teach these up and coming breeders good breeding ethics. How else will we improve the breed?
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I don’t have one name to mention, on this question. I had a lot of closed doors in the years i’ve been breeding, but the handful of people that did help me were amazing. What I did was took a little from each one of them. Then I took all of that experience and knowledge, and put it all together, and made my own.
Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2016 so far.
Actually being able to help quite a few new breeders, and see them grow in the bully game. Seeing there productions, and hearing them transform verbally, mentally, and even using breeder terminology was so exciting. I take pride on knowing that they know there stuff, plus their pedigree’s have some of my bloodlines on the EB game side of it, and French Bulldog. West Side Bully Co and Ventura County Frenchies.
Describe how you would want things, in the bully Commuity, to be 10 years from now.
I would like to see great people come together and meet, not just for dog competitions, but also educational meets. Let’s have some food, check out some camps, and have a hands on or visual seminar on hot topics, such as health or breeding. It would be cool to just share different techniques, and have public interactions.
What separates your kennel from the competition?
I guess I don’t see it as a competition. I like dogs not for the owners smooth talk and likes or dislikes. I buy a dog for the dog itself! I like to be humble, and make the experience of buying a dog from me as easy and stress free as possible. I want their experience to be a memorable one and make it a long term relationship. My focus is to give my clients a healthy structured family member for years to come. In return I get a lot of word of mouth and return customers.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Well I really love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, eating, and spending every minute I can with my family, friends, and dogs.
What motto do you live by?
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I was so impressed! Not only do you get to see all these awesome dogs and there breeders behind the scenes, but it’s like being invited into there back yard on the interviews. That to me was fantastic!