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Hi, I’m Dave at 48 and I am a proud owner of the American Bulldog Bry. I’m a small boutique breeder here in Northern California. And I’ve been breeding these beautiful creatures for 21 years. I bought my very first Bulldog in 1996. Just by happenstance, I was looking for what I thought to be an English bulldog. And I showed up to somebody’s house and it was this really short english bulldog and I was looking for what I thought to be the English bulldog, which is now the American Bulldogs. I had previously been a breeder, and a shower of Afghans. And I have to say once you own one of these American Bulldogs, you are an American Bulldog lover for life best breed ever a great temperaments one of the things we loved about the breed when we first got ours is that they’re great with children. But in dumb, the flip side, you could take them hiking, hunting, do many things with the breed, it was not a sissy breed by any means.
You know, at first, I just watching them with people and family, they just they’re very in tune with the human. I mean, you don’t have to say anything, they just quickly are listening and learning and following your lead. But after I owned him for a while, I started doing a lot more studies on them, and learning a little more about them. And I was always mesmerized by the fact that you could take your American Bulldog out wild boar hunting
and it’ll pull down a wild boar. So you get over
there and get it and then an hour later after you give it a bath, clean it up, it’ll be sitting next to your two year old watching TV. And it just has the ability to be a working dog and have the ability to be a gentle giant. It started in late 1700s, early 1800s. And they were all called English Bulldogs. And if you look at a lot of the old paintings and pottery back then, of the of the breed, it’s looks like what we see now an American Bulldog. The settlers bought over the working farm dogs with them. And that’s what we now know was named later the American Bulldog or coined the American Bulldog by a couple gentlemen who in his late early 60s decided they were going to bring this breed back from extinction. And that was JD Johnson and Alan Scott. And they had there’s two different types of Johnson she’s a little more bullied bigger had shorter snout. Scott really athletic lean, you know, the actual working breed. I just had the passion for the
bigger head, wider chest. And
I wasn’t going to be using them for a working breed. Even though that’s what they are, they were just going to be my family pet and I was going to sell them to families and I just like to look at the Johnson my dogs do want to work they have a task. They love it when you give them a task. But at the same time there Okay, just chillin. You know, and I haven’t owned a Scott before but just mean anytime you have a dog that’s, you know, 6080 pounds working dog that’s
active on the farm, you’re going to have
a little bit more high strong dog for sure.
My husband, I have a vineyard here we have five acres. And that’s really when we picked up the breeding a little bit because living in town, we would just had one or two. Once we moved on the property that allowed the dogs to be a part of all the farm work, we actually used to strap some trailers to them and have them go up and down with our buckets would pick grapes and put the grapes in the buckets. They liked that the dogs thought that was fun. But for the most part, they get their exercise just playing on five acres. You know, they like to fetch and do all the things that normal dogs do, and they like to sit in your lap. But at
the same time if they see a predator, they
pay attention and they bark.
Oh, wait raccoons,
cats coyotes, you know, we first first moved here, lots of Raccoons are lots of coyotes. But now that they’re here, and walking around the mail, dogs p everywhere. That kind of keeps them all on the neighbor’s property instead of ours. So it’s kind of nice. So on top of being our favorite pets, they are meant to be our estate guardians, they really do watch the property for us when we’re not here. Nobody better into our property. Without us here, they will take care of business for sure. But the looks and their intimidation usually keep people off in itself. So we’re pretty lucky with that our dogs and particularly and probably most American Bulldogs, people they’re going to buy dogs are gonna be family dogs. They’re not going to be for hunting and working on the farm. Most are family dogs just like our dog. They’re welcome to come in the house. Like any dog that your pet, they would definitely let live in the house if you let them. But nobody can come in the house. But they do like to spend majority of the daylight outside running around playing, being outside. But at nighttime, they want to come in where we’re at and cuddle on the little dog beds. Even though we have huge dog house with air conditioning eating for them. Those usually get us more breeding for the most part, they like to be inside getting the pets. You know, being a family dog, our daily routine of our pets are that we wake up in the morning and there they are lit waiting for us and living for their dog beds. And that’s their where they are when we go to bed at night. We have fun playing with them outside. And they like to play outside. But they really aren’t meant to be left out all day they are companion dogs they like to be with. So I’m very comfortable. My grandchildren come around other children come around. And they’ll play very gentle with the children. And it’s not that I’ve taught them that but they just instinctively know how to be that. But it’s important that you understand that you have to have a lot of time spent with the dog to make it a social family dog, you can’t just put it in your backyard and then expected be social Well, the main roles we are we start as a puppy stage with all the basic sit, lay stay, you know, down from jumping on people.
They’re quite puppy,
like for longer years. Most breeds, there’ll
be a puppy light for four years. So but by the time they’re a year old, they’re up to 100 pounds, you can’t have them jumping on people. So our main thing is that we teach them not to jump, we teach them to to sit anytime we want to give them a treat, we don’t just give them things, they have to
kind of work
and they like that they like to work or have a task for the reward. But their main jobs is really to keep us company patrol the property for us. But we have a literal pups here, we do it my husband, I do it because we love the breed. And we will segment four months out of the year that we have time to actually dedicate from the pregnancy all the way through till the puppies eight weeks old. And we spend a lot of time with the dogs and we shall socialize them.
It can’t be a dog that you just
put to the side and you put it in the backyard, you know, train it from the beginning, they actually need all their training up front, in the first six months is crucial for how they’ll be the rest of their lives. You know, in so in our orientation, we go through how to give them commands, and not use the word know for instance, each word means something for the dog to do. If everybody in the house fish, we have a bunch of kids and a busy family, are we saying no to the dog, the dog gets confused. These are working breed, you can’t put a leash on their collar, they’re going to pull in their extensively meant to pull weight and pull down bulls and pull wagons and things on farms.
So you have to put them in a harness that clips from the front not from the back simple things like that. It will make your dog nice to walk or your dog that pulls you down the road. Who instinctively if you put something on its back back here, it’s going to want to pull you
make sure that the dog has a good foundation with the family so we’re not rehabbing it.
The perfect owner for any dog that I’m going to sell to a family would be somebody that has children also has other dogs, especially maybe another American Bulldog. Somebody it’s owned the bully breed before, that’s pretty important. I won’t sell my dog somebody has owned a bully breed that understands their temperament and their needs. I like the dog to be with kids, or with another group of dogs. Like my dogs are with each other when we’re not home. They’re not lonely. So, but I won’t sell to too many people unless they have certain qualifications, especially family dog.
You know, I get a lot of people call me and say, you know, I want to
buy a dog. And I want to have it be my jogging dog. And I will tell him Well, these dogs can run. And they can run short and fast, but they’re not long term jogging dogs. So this would not be what you would want to get this dog for. So you know. But there are people that say I want to protection dog. I’m a firefighter, I’m a police officer, I get quite a few police officer and firefighters that have these long shifts, then so they want a dog that’s intimidating, stays home with the family can be with the kids. But then the wife can take it for a walk with the kids. And that’s, that’s really important for a family dog, I think because they are meant to protect.
Well, it’s important to socialize this breed. And the reason is,
when you first get them home, you do have to keep them close at home until they’ve gotten all for their vaccinations. There’s something I teach in my course when you pick up your puppies that between the age of 10 weeks and 12 weeks, you must keep their environment very serene. No loud noises, no popping a bag slamming of doors gunshots law, because that portion of the brain that develops if there’s anything that scares them in that two weeks, it sticks with them for life. But once you pass the 12 week mark, they can be molded into anything that you want. And I always tell people if you can get your dog to meet 100 people, and 200 dogs and the first years of slide they’ll be the most social dog you’ll ever have. They need to be socialized from a young age and with as many people just meet and greet even going out in public, they don’t necessarily have to touch the dog or see the dog the dog needs to see people and consider that to be normal. This exercise and activity for this dog would be yes walks there are large muscle dog they need to be walked every day. We have a toy called the wolf stick, essentially a stuffed animal on the end of a string on a fishing pole. And you can give your dog 30 minutes of exercise and four minutes with this particular instrument.
So even though my dogs have five acres to run,
we on a daily basis pull up that will stick and spend five minutes with each dog to get their muscles really burning because they do need that my dogs aren’t grain free diet. This is important because any breed, but especially in a large mass breed like this where there’s a lot of muscle mass, they are carnivores. By genetics, they eat vegetables and meat. So a lot of these dog foods have rice in grains and fillers in them. So our dogs only eat grain free. And Bulldogs in particular are a little gassy, so we don’t allow them to have lamb. Because lamb makes them gassy and it’s not bad for them. But it’s sure bad for you if you’re sitting around watching TV. So we stick to the fish and the bison in the prairie that type of thing. We use neutral source but you can use anything as long as it’s grain free. And also with new tree source. It has 500 milligrams of glucosamine in each serving, which is super important for large breed animal to have that in their joints. We as a boutique breeder, we have always kept only about four dogs, three females and a male around the two males around then you have to candle them and we kind of like our dogs being pets as well as our stead dog. So we tend to keep one male around the three females. So right now we have two females and one male, our senior citizen she passed away shortly, though, Miss Fiona, who we still have who is seven, her mom he passed away. We have cricket who’s now four. She’s the one that has a two year waiting list for her puppies already.
And our Dear Hank the tank. He’s three and
a half years old. He’s 128 pounds. He is a definitely Johnson. He comes out of Jose Lopez, which is a very well known breeder for 30 years. Man stoppers, Hank is got amber eyes, he’s more of a red, we call them red and white, with Amber eyes, super mellow. I’ll never forget when I got him for the very first time, I met Mr. Lopez who had moved here from out of state. He moved to California and took brought all his dogs with me at a job transfer his wife did or something. And they were all being housed at his friends horse ranch. And I go there and there’s all these male dogs in this arena barking and barking and I see this white dog just sitting at the top of five tire tires not barking not being affected by anything by the chaos. I said, I don’t know when that dogs going to have a puppy. But when that dog up there on the mound. Obi Wan is his name has a dog I want a dog from him. That’s going to be my next milestone. So that’s where I hang comes from. If I’m not here He is Mr. On Guard. He’s very intimidating looking. And the girls who are a little bit more, more of a watchdog, if you will, if the girls run, he’s on it. If they’re not doing much activity, he doesn’t do much activity. But when it’s time to be serious, he’s pretty intimidating dog but at the same time, like I said,
I can have my four year old granddaughter crawling on and ride not him being a family dog. And they are not even here all the time. But he just instinctively knows as soon as they get here. Be gentle. Let’s talk about Miss Fiona she we call our Princess Fiona we actually kept her for a very special reason
her mom also who just recently passed away he was one of our breeding females and her very very first litter in 2009 is worth Princess Fiona comes from and we knew that we wanted a male stud so we paid JD Johnson Canales, Zachary to be the stud for our Malibu, which is where Princess Fiona comes in. So she has a pretty incredible bloodline behind her as well. She’s all white. Princess Fiona means basically, white beauty in Gaelic and white wine in Latin. And we do grow white wine on our vineyard. So that’s how she got her name, cricket, we have cricket, this cricket, this cricket as are now leading breeding dogs, she makes quite large females. And ironically, she’s a special gift because her entire litter because the lady didn’t know what she was doing. died of Parvo. And she’s the only survivor and it was just because by chance, I picked her up a little bit earlier than everybody else, and had removed her from the scene. And apparently, the rest of the dogs were there for another couple weeks. And a visiting dog came onto the property and tracked Parvo and they all were put down to sleep. So she’s a lonely survivor, so we call her pretty special. So in general, the American Bulldog if I could advise anybody, for family pet, I would highly encourage you. I mean, we bought our first 120 years ago, 21 years ago and never looked back. absolutely the best breed you’ll ever own. I get a lot of folks calling me on the phone and just telling me, this is the best dog I’ve ever owned. I’ve owned many breeds, there are so conducive for family for protection. They’re loving, they’re strong. They’re working dogs, there’s a lot of very good things about them. And I would that’s reason I started breeding. I wanted other people to have the opportunity to have this dog this breed in their family because they are great family dogs. And I would highly encourage it however, like with any large breed you need to do your homework. That’s what my website was put there. American Bulldog farm because we live on a farm not because we’re not a breeding farm but because we live on a farm and it’s there for there’s a lot of good information on my website. And now with social media and out there on YouTube. Plenty of information about the Bry do your homework, make sure it’s perfect for your family. It’s perfect for our family. We love them. The best thing ever, but not for everybody.