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At Border City Bullies we take our puppy rearing job very seriously! There are so many different things that a breeder can do with their puppies before they go home at 9-10 weeks of age that will set them up for a brighter, better future for not only the first couple transition weeks into their new home, but will help fine tune their coping skills for the remainder of their lives.

We currently use the AVIDOG and Puppy Culture programs. Our puppies start ENS (early neurological stimulation) from birth and are exposed to everything we can thing of! If you have any questions or want to learn more about these programs, I would be happy to get nerdy and explain the logistics of it. For now, I will keep it simple!

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Puppy Skills



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Every Puppy that leaves our home is familiar with:

  • Sit on Command

  • Lure into Down & Stand position

  • Recall from a Distance & Out of Sight

  • Kennel for Night

  • Basics of Potty Training

  • Walking on Leash

  • Hand Luring (makes training tricks in the future a breeze!)

  • Impulse Control

  • Bite Inhibition

  • Grooming & Bathing

  • Nail Trims - both Clippers & Dremel

  • Stand (Stack) for Exam

One of our puppies from our 2019 Woodsie x Kali Breeding napping through a nail trim with the dremel at just 6 weeks old.


     to protect the puppy & new owner. Pet Home, Co-Own, etc. Learn more here.


     we will take the puppy back at any point throughout it's life, for any reason.


     we will assist you with any basic training or problem-solving help you may

     need for the lifetime of the dog. We want you to succeed!


All BCB puppies are eligible for Registration with:

What Do I Get With My Puppy?


With My Puppy?

Health Tested Parents


= Healthier Puppies!

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We take health testing very seriously here. We health test for pretty much everything under the sun and our dogs' results are able to be viewed in the OFA, Embark and PawPrint online databases. American Bullies are relatively unhealthy as it stands, but with these things being genetic and testable, there is no excuse for breeders to not be doing their best to try and prevent these issues in their future generations. It is important to note, however, that genetics are still a gamble. Environment plays a role in health. There is no guarantee that healthy parents will never make an unhealthy puppy - but we can promise our dogs that we are trying our best to stack the odds in their favor by digging deep and not cutting corners.

We do the following health tests on all of our breeding dogs:

Hip Dysplasia (OFA, Pennhip)

Elbow Dysplasia (OFA)

Shoulder Osteochondritis (OFA)

Advanced Cardiac Screening (OFA)

Tracheal Hypoplasia (OFA)

Patellar Luxation (OFA)

Thyroid Conditions (OFA)

Kidney Function (OFA)

Dentition Exam (OFA)

All Genetic Diseases (Embark, Pawprint)

Additional health testing we do when available:

Hearing Conditions (OFA) by Canine Audiologist

Eye Conditions (OFA) by Canine Ophthalmologist


Click here to learn more about health testing the American Bully.

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Puppy Culture & Avidog


is in the Puppies!

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We use both AVIDOG & Puppy Culture Puppy Rearing Principles with our litters. We have seen fabulous results in our puppies that make sending them to their new homes a breeze. Thanks to these programs, they have the tools & skills to set them up for success!

Puppy Culture is a puppy rearing program of over 50 lessons for breeders, from whelping box to new home time. From early neurological stimulation, to potty training, manding, and leash walking, it covers most things that breeders need to know and is scientifically proven to greatly improve outcomes for puppies.

Avidog is a complete program for breeders with hundreds of different lessons and modules covering everything from breeding goals, ethical breeding practices, puppy rearing, parent dog health and everything in between. They also have regular webinars with industry leading professionals and are constantly expanding the database of information they have available for breeders.

"There is no such thing as a Perfect Puppy......Just the Perfect Puppy for You."


This is the most thorough temperament evaluation system available to us at this point in time - these evaluations are done in an unfamiliar environment to the puppy, with "brand new" people (trained, very experienced dog professionals) and dogs that they have never met before, using items they have never seen before. Now that we are well versed in these evaluations, we take special care to make sure that our puppies never meet the tester, nor do we show them the items found in the testing site - this is to help us gauge real, genuine reactions. The findings from these evaluations help us pinpoint which puppy is best suited where.

We are currently the ONLY American Bully Breeders taking

advantage of this method of temperament testing.



Temperament Evaluations

APET Temperament Evaluation Example

This is the APET Report on a puppy named "Sorry" from our Canadian themed litter we had at the end of 2019.

APET Temperament Evaluations
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As seems to be the theme here, this is something that we try hard to go above and beyond with. We are constantly finding ways to do things better, more efficiently, and provide more interesting stimulation items for our puppies to enjoy before heading off to their new homes. Because of this, you will notice that with each litter we have, our pen will look a little different. Whether it's more toys, a more strategic lay out for potty training, or a different location of the house altogether! We typically have multiple areas set up throughout our house to accommodate puppies so they get to see "all of the sights" that our home has to offer.

Though this shouldn't need to be mentioned - all of our puppies are raised in our home and the dogs that we own all live in our home with us as our pets. We are not a commercial breeding operation where our females produce litter after litter that would require a full-time set up. We displace our home to accommodate raising a litter, ensuring that our puppies get used to all the sights, sounds and activities that their future home life will provide them. Our puppies spend a great deal of time outside of their pens in our backyard, in our home, or out and about doing meet & greets in new places.

If we are not the breeder for you, that is fine! But please do your research and ask the breeder to see the pups current living conditions - NOT just a photo of the puppy being held or placed on a table! Click here to learn more.


     Designed to help puppies respond better to stress, have stronger immune

     systems, and problem solve better as adults. The following exercises are done 

     once a day for 3-5 seconds each in random order: Head Up, Head Down, Belly

     Up, Belly Down, Foot Tickle, Placed on Cold Surface. A different foot is done 

     each day and "tickled" with a Q-tip. 


     Designed to help puppies scenting ability. It has been used and seen positive

     results with thousands of pups of all breeds/shapes/sizes including working,

     service, competition and pet puppies. This exercise is done once a day and

     goes at the puppies pace - they can choose to move towards or away from


     Scent articles include but are not limited to:

     Natural Items: grass, tree bark, leaves, pine needles & cones, moss, dirt, etc.

     Fruits, Herbs, Spices: lemon, apple, banana, orange, rosemary, mint, clove,

          pepper, carrot, thyme, etc.

     Training Items: ball, leather, cloth, wood, plastic, oils, detection odors, etc.

     Miscellaneous: items used by a cat, rabbit, gerbil, horse, etc.


     Starting at just 2-3 days old, we will begin trimming nails every second day as 

     well as practicing calm handling and snuggling. We hold the puppies in as

     many comfortable positions as we can and focus on having happy, calm, warm

     experiences with humans. Nail trims are done while they nap "milk drunk" to 

     encourage happy vibes & no stress. Nail trim = nap time right from the start!


     Beginning before the puppies are even born, we record everything! Especially 

     with the inevitable sleep deprivation that comes with whelping a litter, record

     keeping is an absolute necessity around here and helps us stay on track.

     Everything from weights, ENS/ESI responses, "milestones", responses to

     challenges, supplementation if any and so on, gives us a crystal clear picture of 

     how everyone is doing and what, if anything, certain puppies need help with.

We utilize Nomograph testing on our Dams to pinpoint the ideal time for our puppies to receive their vaccines. A Nomograph is essentially a titre test that checks the Dam's antibodies that she passes to her puppies through her milk, that is then calculated into a layout to see exactly how "protected" the puppies are, as well as their high risk periods. Puppies will actually be resistant to the vaccines if given while they have antibodies from their dam - rendering them useless and the puppies unprotected. Running a nomograph at the correct time helps us ensure that we are only giving the puppies their vaccines when they are most receptive, and therefore the most likely to give them immune protection.

You can view the EBook "Keep Your Pups Safer - Use Canine Nomographs to Better Time Puppy Vaccinationshere.


This is an example from one of our past litters:

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Nomograph Testing


& Play Area Gallery


for Vaccine Timing


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Raising Puppies at BCB
30 Day Health Insurance


Pet Insurance

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The last thing we want is a freak accident occurring shortly after sending a puppy off to their new home, and leaving their new owner with a massive bill on top of all the stress associated with having a sick or injured pet - which is why we have partnered with Trupanion.


Every puppy goes home with 30 Days of FREE Pet Insurance. Your new family member will receive immediate coverage from the time they leave our door with up to 90% coverage and zero payout limits!

Contracts & Pricing



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Every puppy that we create is sold with a legally binding contract. This is primarily to protect the puppy for the remainder of it's life, but it also sets the expectations of both the breeder and buyer so that there are no discrepancies later on.

Every contract includes Lifetime Breeder Support. This means that we will take the puppy back at any point throughout it's lifetime should the owner be unable to care for it for any reason, and we will facilitate the rehoming process. This is not a courtesy, but a requirement. This is to prevent any puppies we create from ending up in bad homes, shelters, or rescues.

Every contract includes the exact same Health Guarantee. Some breeders only offer health guarantees on dogs slotted to be breeding candidates, but we feel that every home and every puppy deserves a guarantee. This is not a guarantee that nothing bad will ever happen, but a guarantee that we will do our best to make it right if things go south.


This is our most sought after ownership method and 80% of our puppies leave under this contract. Puppy must be spay/neutered between 24-36 months of age, puppy will NEVER be bred under any circumstances.  Our pet home puppies do not have serious flaws - we just believe that only the top 20% of each litter should have the chance to move forward in a breeding program, while the rest deserve to live their days out being loved unconditionally regardless of their breeding eligibility.

Homes that have proven to be capable of responsibly containing/managing an intact dog may keep their dog intact indefinitely if they wish so long as the dog never contributes to a breeding (separate agreement).

$3,000 USD


We usually find 1-3 Co-Own homes for each litter we have & priority is given to these homesBreeder retains full or partial breeding rights to puppy. New owner can be as involved or uninvolved as they want. Each co-ownership agreement is unique and tailored to fit each home's wants/needs. There are health testing, titling, and general ethics requirements that may be fulfilled by the Breeder, Owner, or both.

This is how we keep our breeding program alive for generations to come - we personally value keeping our dogs in our home as our pets, which means we must find great homes for the puppies that we think could help shape our program's future in the right direction.

Co-Own is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to get into responsibly breeding American Bullies but doesn't know where to start and wants a mentor OR for owners that just want a wonderful pet and take pride in helping us get closer to our goal by allowing us to occasionally borrow their dog for extensive health testing, training/titling, and possibly breeding down the road.

$3,000 USD


We do not advertise or search for these homes, but will entertain the idea with a perfect fit. Buyer purchases full breeding rights to a puppy to breed the dog as they see fit with no restrictions. To date we have never sold a puppy on a Full Rights contract, but we are open to the idea with the right Owner. There would still be ethics, health testing and titling requirements but the Owner would have the freedom to breed the dog as they see fit once general pre-breeding responsibilities have been fulfilled.

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ALL Owners from every type of ownership agreement are encouraged to get involved in sports & shows with their dogs! It is a great avenue to bond with your pet.  There is no additional fee/stipulation that comes along with someone wanting to show or compete with their dog in any way. We will do our best to help coach and help you along whatever path you choose to take with your dog - from sharing knowledge we have about training the sport competitively with our own dogs, putting you in touch with trainers in the area, or finding local events/clubs to get involved with. We want to see our puppies out doing things!

Learn more about Canine Sports here.


& Pricing



Title Incentives

Brand new for 2022, we will be offering title incentives to owners that are interested in earning show, sport or companion test titles with their BCB dog!  Each title earned on your Border City Bullies dog will earn you $$$ of the listed price for your next puppy purchase with Border City Bullies. This includes multi-level titles such as RL1, RL2, RL1X, RL2X, RL3, etc. 

In-Person Titles: $75 credit

Online/Virtual Titles: $25 credit

We hope this helps encourage our owners to "do the things" with their BCB Puppies & shows our appreciation for their effort put in.


Learn more about Canine Sports that we love participating in with our dogs here.

Learn more about Online titling options here.

"In-Person" means any title earned while being judged in person. This could be a conformation, rally obedience, barn hunt, nose work, weight pull, companion test, etc. These typically require multiple qualified "legs", as well as travel time to get to the venues, and may require multiple attempts to earn the legs needed.

"Online/Virtual" means any title earned by being submitted in a pre-recorded or live video online. This is usually trick dog titles, stunt dog titles, and canine conditioning titles. This credit will only be applied to titles that require some level of skill/training for the dog to complete like trick dog, stunt dog, conditioning, animal actor, rally obedience, nosework, obedience, etc.


Please note: Our prices are subject to change as cost of living and inflation rises throughout the years. The $$ incentives will be taken off of the current listing price of the 2nd puppy at the time of sale. For example, you purchase a pet home puppy for $3,000 in 2022. You earn 8 in person titles and 5 virtual titles. This gives you $725 off of the purchase of your next dog with Border City Bullies. You choose to purchase another pet home puppy in 2026, and the price has increased to $3,500 for all pet homes. You would pay $2,775 for your 2nd puppy in 2026.

Earning titles with your BCB dog does not guarantee you a second dog from BCB. Border City Bullies reserves the right to deny or discontinue a sale at any time, for any reason. Border City Bullies is not obligated to home puppies with anyone. If an owner wishes to have a second dog from BCB, they will be expected to go through the application process a second time.

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