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RESPONSIBLE AMERICAN BULLY BREEDERS 

RESPONSIBLE  AMERICAN  BULLY  BREEDERS

 

So you kind of know what to look for now, but you still are not quite sure where to go? Here is a list I have compiled of real, responsible breeders in North America. Remember that these breeders have the ability to transport a puppy to you, and plane tickets really are not that expensive for the dog of your dreams. We only paid $300 to ship Kali from Missouri to North Dakota! So don't write off a breeder just simply because they are not located within 50 miles of you. These breeders may own just one female dog who is their best friend, or they may have 10+ in a kennel set up. It is up to you to decide what morally and ethically aligns with you, and who you feel comfortable supporting. I have done all the leg work for you to find them, but I still recommend that you ask plenty of questions and feel totally comfortable with the purchase of your future puppy before making any decisions! Remember - this is a 10+ year commitment and with both health and temperament being genetic, you want to make sure that you are making the right decision for your family.

Good luck!

CLASSIC BREEDERS

 

Anissa Shotbolt - Border City BulliesAlberta, Canada

 

Name: Hollywood's Blue Crush aka Woodsie (UKC, ABKC & ADBA Registered)

Gender: Male

Titles: UKC CH, URO1, SPOT, CKC CGN, NTD, ITD, ATD, ETD, TDCH, CCF1, CCF2, NTD-M, ITD-M, WD, RL1, TD-19, TD-19H, PKQT1, TD-ROM, WD, NSD, OSD, PSD, SDPro, SDCH, TC1, TC2, CASP, MASP, FASP, MTASP, SASFD, BASFD, CASFD, MTASFD, HASA, RATI

Pointed in: APA Weight Pull, IWPA Weight Pull, ADBA Weight Pull, UKC Rally Obedience, WCRL Rally Obedience, BHA Barn Hunt, CWAGS Nosework

Health Test Results:     OFA Link     Embark Link     PawPrint Link

1-2 Litters planned for 2022 - View our breeding plans here.

 

Name: Kalifornia's Iron Hammer aka Kali (UKC & ABKC Registered)

Gender: Female

Titles: SPOT-ON, NTD, ITD, ATD, NTD-M, TD-ROM, WDS, TD-19, TD-19H, RL1, DN

Pointed in: APA Weight Pull, IWPA Weight Pull, UKC Conformation, UKC Rally Obedience, WCRL Rally Obedience, NADD Dock Diving

Health Test Results:     OFA Link     Embark Link     PawPrint Link

Litter planned for 2022 - View our breeding plans here.

 

Name: Black Willow of BCBullies aka Willow (UKC & ABKC Registered)

Gender: Female

Titles: NTD, ITD, ATD, TD-19, TD-19H, DN

Pointed in: APA Weight Pull, IWPA Weight Pull, NADD Dock Diving

Health Test Results:     OFA Link     Embark Link     PawPrint Link

Litter planned for 2022 - View our breeding plans here.

Contact - contact@bordercitybullies.com

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MAKE SURE THEY CHECK THE BOXES!

If you are looking at puppies, I urge you to use this as a guide to finding a responsible breeder! If you are a breeder yourself, you should make sure that YOU are checking all of these boxes!

RED FLAGS vs RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES

Please take note of the fact that ALL of these points are equally important.

A Responsible Breeder will check ALL of the boxes - not just one here and there.

 

REGISTRATION

The Parent Dogs and/or Puppies ARE NOT Registered

Many BYB will try making up the excuse of Registration/Pedigree being  a "sales gimic", and try spinning it to seem like they are cutting the buyer a deal by giving them a quality dog at a cheaper price because the parents just don't have a piece of paper behind them. In reality that is the furthest thing from the truth. 

A dog or puppy CANNOT legally be advertised in Canada as a  "purebred" unless it is registered with registration papers - this is a law punishable up to $50,000 for those claiming they have purebred dogs without papers as per the Animal Pedigree Act.

 

The Parent Dogs & Puppies ARE Registered​

Responsible Breeders spend a lot of time examining and researching the pedigrees of their dogs - since health, structure and temperament has a huge genetic component, it is a very important aspect of breeding responsibly. Without knowing where their dogs came from, a breeder has no idea what they are working with. In addition, responsible breeders care about documenting their lineage of their dogs by keeping dogs registered, as well as should be involved club members with their Registry of choice.

PARENT DOGS

The Parent Dogs are under 24 months old

Canine joints don't finish maturing until 24 months of age. Breeding a dog before 2 years of age is generally considered unethical, unless it was done a couple weeks before 24 months of age and all health testing already completed.

WHY? When growing and whelping puppies, the mother carries a lot of additional weight with the addition of increased laxity within the hips. This is why it is incredibly important to know that your female has good hips by health testing, and waiting until 24+ months of age so that you don't disrupt the  formation of her joints as excess weight & laxity negatively impacts joints - especially in undeveloped joints.

The Parent Dogs are 24 months or older

The parent dogs are not health tested

Health testing does not mean a vet said that they look healthy at a regular vet check up. Health testing is done through a board, like OFA or Pennhip. These tests are labelled as Hips, Elbows, Shoulders, Eyes, Ears (BAER exam), Cardiac, Patellas, Thyroid, Kidney, and Dentition. If the breeder has health tested their dogs and are located in North America, their tests should be done through OFA, with Hips potentially being through Pennhip as well. Genetic testing for genetic diseases can be done through many avenues, but the two most popular ones are PawPrint and Embark. ALL of these test results except for Pennhip are available in a public database online! Ask your future breeder for their OFA, Embark and/or PawPrint links to verify. For Pennhip, ask to see the document and verify that their answers are correct and true. Responsible breeders will have no issue providing these things, and most offer it without being asked because they are proud of it! You can view what the links look like by viewing any of our adult dog pages (Woodsie, Kali or Willow) and scrolling to the health testing section of their profiles.

  • Do your research and make sure that your breeder is health testing for everything that your specific breed is at risk for - this can easily be figured out by searching the diseases statistics for breeds on ofa.org, as well as just simply asking in breed specific groups or "Resonsible Owner/Breeder" groups on Facebook. (For a list of what to test for in American Bullies, click here)

  • If your breeder claims to health test - ask for the certificates! Do not just take their word for it. A responsible, ethical breeder will gladly provide this information to anyone asking. Many irresponsible breeders will say that their dogs have been "hip checked by their vet" - unless they have submitted x-rays of hips & elbows for scoring to OFA, they HAVE NOT "checked" anything. They are lying, and trying to pull the wool over people's eyes that don't know any better.

  • They do not show or compete with the parent dogs in any way

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Carefully plans out thoughtful breedings with a purpose/goal in mind

Ethical breeders do not see value in wasting their females litters on the same stud ov

BREEDING PRACTICES

They breed the same parent dogs together over and over for no particular reason

Irresponsible breeders often breed pairs of dogs simply because they own both of them, or their friend has a dog with complimentary reproductive organs to theirs, and they repeatedly breed their female to the same male, usually 3-6 times, to get as much profit as they can with the least amount of effort. 

 

Carefully plans out thoughtful breedings with a purpose/goal in mind

Ethical breeders do not see value in wasting their females litters on the same stud over and over again - they will instead take her to a couple different studs to ensure genetic diversity as well as evaluating her previous breeding(s) by utilizing the conformation, health & temperament of her previous litters to make more refined choices in the future.

A Responsible Breeder may do a re-breed if the first litter is unsuccessful (under 3 puppies) or quite small (under 6 puppies) and they wanted to choose another pup off of those parents for a keeper in the future. If the first litter gave the breeder everything they were hoping for, it is reasonable for them to decide to do a re-breed but this is often not something that is done until the first litter can be evaluated thoroughly.

  • They are not willing to let you meet the parents of the puppy & are resistant to release information

    • Responsible Breeders will want you to know as much information about each parent as possible - after all, the puppies take qualities from each parent. This will help determine if you are a good fit for the puppy, or if maybe a different litter or breeder would be better suited for your family. They will gladly offer up health test results on parents, pedigree information, etc. and will encourage you to meet the parents before deciding on them as your Breeder.

  • The parent dogs are not at least 24+ months of age

    • Canine joints don't finish maturing until 24 months of age. Breeding a dog before 2 years of age is generally considered unethical, unless it was done a couple weeks before 24 months of age and all health testing already completed.

    • When growing and whelping puppies, the mother carries a lot of additional weight with the addition of increased laxity within the hips. This is why it is incredibly important to know that your female has good hips by health testing, and waiting until 24+ months of age so that you don't disrupt the  formation of her joints as excess weight & laxity negatively impacts joints - especially in undeveloped joints.

  • The parent dogs are not health tested

    • Health testing does not mean a vet said that they look healthy at a regular vet check up. Health testing is done through a board, like OFA or Pennhip. These tests are labelled as Hips, Elbows, Shoulders, Eyes, Ears (BAER exam), Cardiac, Patellas, Thyroid, Kidney, and Dentition. If the breeder has health tested their dogs and are located in North America, their tests should be done through OFA, with Hips potentially being through Pennhip as well. Genetic testing for genetic diseases can be done through many avenues, but the two most popular ones are PawPrint and Embark. ALL of these test results except for Pennhip are available in a public database online! Ask your future breeder for their OFA, Embark and/or PawPrint links to verify. For Pennhip, ask to see the document and verify that their answers are correct and true. Responsible breeders will have no issue providing these things, and most offer it without being asked because they are proud of it! You can view what the links look like by viewing any of our adult dog pages (Woodsie, Kali or Willow) and scrolling to the health testing section of their profiles.

    • Do your research and make sure that your breeder is health testing for everything that your specific breed is at risk for - this can easily be figured out by searching the diseases statistics for breeds on ofa.org, as well as just simply asking in breed specific groups or "Resonsible Owner/Breeder" groups on Facebook. (For a list of what to test for in American Bullies, click here)

    • If your breeder claims to health test - ask for the certificates! Do not just take their word for it. A responsible, ethical breeder will gladly provide this information to anyone asking. Many irresponsible breeders will say that their dogs have been "hip checked by their vet" - unless they have submitted x-rays of hips & elbows for scoring to OFA, they HAVE NOT "checked" anything. They are lying, and trying to pull the wool over people's eyes that don't know any better.

  • They do not show or compete with the parent dogs in any way

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  • They do not have a puppy application - as long as you have cash on hand, you can leave with a puppy

    • Responsible breeders will have a thorough puppy application and and process to determine whether you would be a suitable fit for the dogs they are creating or not. They will also let you know the personalities of each puppy and will assist you in choosing the best possible candidate temperament wise for you and your lifestyle.  Most responsible breeders will choose who goes where for pet home puppies based on their temperament evaluations and what each specific family needs in terms of energy, temperament and personality.

  • They do not sell the puppies with contracts, and therefore no future support for the buyer or puppy

    • Responsible breeders will sell ALL puppies on thorough contracts (spay/neuter contract, co-own contract, or breeding rights contract), and will provide LIFETIME breeder support. They want to know that their puppy is protected for it's lifetime so they carefully tailor a contract to ensure that the puppy is protected for life. 

  • They sell all pups with breeding rights (ability to breed the puppy)

    • Responsible breeders will only sell puppies with breeding rights to very select homes, and only the puppies that possess the best qualities will be offered to have breeding rights (usually 10-20% of the litter). The idea behind breeding is to better the breed - if a breeder is doing that and they believe in their program, they will want to keep the overall 1st pick of the litter for themselves to further their program. If a breeder is selling all puppies with full rights including their first pick with no co-own contract, that is a major red flag and indicates that money is their primary incentive for breeding.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE UNSURE

If you are unsure, it is best to contact someone that is very well educated and experienced with dogs, preferably the breed you are interested in. To be honest, you could probably talk to any of the breeders listed below on the Responsible Breeders list that I have compiled, and I am sure that any one of them would be happy to assist you in finding a reputable, responsible breeder. If you prefer, you are more than welcome to send me an email through the contact form and I can see what I can do to help you.

Other than that, the best advice I can give to you is...RUN. Far away. If you feel unsure about it, maybe they seem to check all the boxes but something just does not feel right, whatever it is - do not question it. Turn on your heels and walk away. You have plenty of time to secure a best friend - and trust me, waiting to find the perfect puppy from a responsible breeder is well worth the wait!

IS IT REALLY WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY?

Is it worth it to get an inspection done before you blindly hand money over for a used car?

Is it worth it to ensure that you are not setting yourself up for extreme disappointment/heartbreak?

Is it worth it to ensure that your best friend can live a healthy, happy life without extreme health issues?

Is it worth it to ensure that the puppy is a good fit in your home?

Is it worth it to support an ethical breeder over one just trying to pump out puppies for quick money?

Hint - the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES.

The reality of it is - you may pay anywhere from an additional $0-1,000 for a puppy from a responsible breeder, where the puppy is coming off of health tested, temperament tested, sound parents. Is it worth it? Cardiac medication can run upwards of $400-700/month just to keep your dog alive for 1-2 years after diagnosis. Hip replacements run upwards of $4-8,000 per hip. Trainers that have no actual ability to fix a mentally unstable dog (but can assist with responsible management of it) are often thousands of dollars. You tell me whether you think it's worth it to spend a little extra time researching! In most cases regarding American Bullies, Responsible Breeders are actually usually cheaper than backyard breeders!

AVERAGE RESPONSIBLE BREEDING COSTS - FOOD FOR THOUGHT

You want to know why most people go to irresponsible backyard breeders? Because they can can get them immediately as long as they have cash in hand, and sometimes are told that they are getting a "good deal" or "discounted" puppy. Responsible practices, ethics, and morals aside - lets talk the cost of responsibly breeding a litter for those of you that may not be familiar with how everything works and what exactly is involved.

I have figured this out for an average litter of 5 puppies:

Registered Female Dog with Breeding Rights - $3,500-7,000+

Health Testing - $1,500-3,000+ (we have put $3,000+ into each of our adult dogs for health testing)

Titling/Proving the Female - $1,500-3,000+ 

Progesterone Testing - $300-750

Stud Fee - $2,000-4,000+

Semen Collection & Shipping - $300-600

Artificial Insemination - $200-500

C-Section (if required) - $1,500 (planned) - $2,500+ (if emergency)

Whelping Supplies - $700+ (whelping box, heating & birthing supplies, supplements, etc)

3+ Weeks Old Whelping Supplies - $700-1,500 (exercise pens, flooring, stimulation equipment, toys, chews, etc)

Puppy Rearing Programs - $300-800 (Puppy Culture, Avidog)

Puppy Food & Supplements - $300-500+

Litter Registration - $100+

Vaccines, Worming & Microchips - $400-600+

Health Certificates - $450+

This is not including if mom or puppies get sick, require extra care, need to be bottle fed, require oxygen, etc. Which can increase the cost by thousands.

So, assuming these average costs, if you were to get lucky in every avenue and pay the minimum amount listed WITHOUT a C-Section at all, you are looking at $11,250 total litter expenses for a litter of 5 puppies. That is approx. $2,250 cost for each puppy, not including the extras, not including "what-if's", not including the hundreds of hours that a Responsible Breeder puts into their puppies to prepare them for life. It is exhausting, it is expensive, and most times - it is a thankless job. Responsible breeders do this for the love of the dogs and the breed - I can promise you that a Responsible Breeder DOES NOT "profit" off of their dogs - if by chance they are not in the red after homing a litter, all of that excess money is put right back into the dogs. Whether that is health testing, campaigning for titles, or just general responsible ownership practices.

Please keep these approximate costs in mind when inquiring, and choose a breeder based on their program, ethics, morals and goals - NOT their price point.

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HEALTH TESTING

This is so much more than just bringing our dogs to the vet for their annual check up. ALL breeding dogs in any responsibly run program should be fully health tested for the conditions known to affect the breed, no exceptions.  Learn more here.

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TITLING

Earning titles with our dogs is for more than just pretty ribbons - it proves that our dogs are biddable, can handle themselves in stressful situations, and are regularly awarded by experienced Judges. Our dogs have earned titles in Conformation, Rally Obedience, Weight Pull, Dock Dive, Barn Hunt, etc. 

PUPPY PROCESS

We take our puppy rearing job very seriously! A Breeder can do so many things with their puppies before they go home at 9-10 weeks of age that will set them up for a brighter, better future both short and long term.

Learn more here.

PRODUCTIONS
 

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