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Where Does The Tri Color Come From?


This applies to the American Bully even though the American Bully stems off from the pit bull but has also been influenced by the infusion of several different types of bulldog breeds according to both the UKC & ABKC.
The tan point pattern is caused by a recessive gene on the Agouti series gene locus, the following are the alleles (variations) that are definitely known to occur in the American Pit Bull Terrier.

There are also a couple of other genes on this same locus, but they are most likely not present in this breed, so we will ignore them in this article to try and keep things simple.

Agouti locus alleles present in the APBT

A Dominant Black: produces a solid color (ie: black, chocolate or blue)

ay Dominant Yellow – Produces reds and buckskins

at Tan-Point (recessive)- produces solid color with tan ‘points’

Simple right…?

A dog needs to inherit two copies of the tan-point gene to be a tri colored. If a pup inherits one copy of the gene and one copy of the dominant yellow gene, which causes a red or buckskin coloration, then the dog will be red or buckskin, not tri colored.

If the dog inherits one copy of the tan-point gene and one of the dominant black, blue, or tan gene, the result will be a solid black blue, tan dog. because of the recessive nature of the tan-point gene, it can actually remain hidden in the gene pool for many generations without expressing itself.

In the case of our breed (where this is not a common color) this is what often happens, but it is important to realize that when the tan-point pattern does pop up it is not some new color mutation that appeared out of nowhere, but rather the manifestation of a gene that has been present in this breed all throughout the known history of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Though it is impossible to say for sure where the coloration originated, our best guess would be that it came from some sort of terrier blood that was introduced many, many years ago, probably during the early formation of the breed in the British Isles. Actually, part of the reason the color is uncommon is that there has been a distinct prejudice against it by many people, either because they feel it is not a typical Pit Bull color, or even actually thought it was the result of a mixed breeding.

The latter reason shows an ignorance of basic genetic principles, because the gene is recessive, there is no way you could breed a Rottweiler or a Doberman or Manchester Terrier to a Pit Bull and get puppies with the tan-point markings unless the Pit Bull was carrying the tan-point gene too.
If in fact the black and tan color was not present in the APBT gene pool, you would have to breed to a dog of another tan-point breed, and then breed two offspring from such a breeding back together to get black & tan dogs, in the first generation you would get no tan-pointed offspring.

The tan point gene does not actually create a black & tan animal, the gene itself does not produce any color but rather a pattern of a solid color with light-colored ‘points‘. These ‘points’ always appear in specific places but the actual size and distribution of them is somewhat variable.

The exact coloration that is produced by the tan-point gene is dependent on the color genes present at other loci, for instance if the pigmentation is black, the result will be a black & tan, but if the dog’s pigmentation is chocolate or blue then the pattern would produce a chocolate & tan or a blue & tan, respectively.

You don’t have to understand the fancy words (I don’t understand or care what an allele is) but you now know the tri color gene is recessive, which means you need both parents to be carriers in order to produce tri color pitbulls.

Also don’t get fooled into the hype of the tri color gene being stronger because several generations were tri colors. Having it in several generations doesn’t mean anything when it’s a recessive gene.

It doesn’t matter if every single dog in the pedigree were tri color pit bulls or American Bullies, it is still a recessive gene which means other colors will dominate first. So it comes down to matching two parents that carry the gene not generations for it to produce tri color pit bulls.

Also, breed for temperament, health, functionality and structure. Not for color. Do this and you’ll be proud of what you produce. Hope this article was helpful.

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How Much Does An American Bully Cost?

HOW MUCH?

One of the most commonly asked questions that we receive is “how much does an American Bully cost?”  Breeders get asked “how much?” Several times a day, in emails, Facebook, social media messages & under their photos.  As much as I’m sure they would love to respond to every single “howmucher” it could take up their entire day.  Most of the time it will be listed in their post (Read it) or can be found on the kennels’ website. Those seriously interested in a puppy should contact the breeder with questions.

Nonetheless, it is a great topic, and lots of people want to know.. how much does an American Bully cost?

HOW MUCH DOES A QUALITY AMERICAN BULLY COST?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t that simple.  Prices on average run anywhere from $2000 to $5000. Although they can be below or above that range. Quality bloodlines and “bullier” dogs can sometimes cost more than this. When you’re spending $2-$7000 (depending on pedigree, accomplishments, structure and quality) you have to make sure you’re dealing with a legitimate breeder.  Just because a breeder is asking a higher price on a dog doesn’t mean its better than someone who is selling at a lower price.

There are several mediocre dogs being sold for over $5000, just like there are some incredible Champion produced American Bullies priced at or below $2500.  The key is who you do business with, make sure it’s someone with a good reputation.  Ask for references.

Good breeders won’t hide behind a photo, they’ll have plenty of Video, and can be found at Shows competing and letting the public see their dogs.  The breeder will probably own a Champion or multiple Champions.  Good breeders are proud of their dogs and will want to show them off, not hide them. They will also have productions (in house produced dogs) for you to see to get an idea of the build, structure, color and look that their Stud has produced.

TRUST THE BLOOD?

You’ve probably heard the saying “trust the blood.” What they are referring to, is the dog’s pedigree. The best determinate of the future build of a puppy are the dog’s genetics.  Look at the parents. BOTH PARENTS.  Many breeders will use well known Studs to increase litter sales often pairing the Stud with a below average female.  Although this sometimes produces a few nice dogs, the majority of the time it does not.  It takes BOTH a quality female and Stud to produce a consistent litter.

Quality females are what separates breeders that are a “flash in the pan” (with a lot of hype behind them) and breeders who produce quality litters time after time.  There is some debate as to the percentage a female contributes to the litter, some say 60% some say more and others say a little less. Who really knows the exact percentage, or if there even is one.. All we can say from our own experience, our interviews with some of the top breeders and what we’ve seen produced..  Females play an extremely important role in producing a quality litter.

Females don’t get nearly as much love as the Top Males and Best Studs, but mark our words.. they are as important, if not more important.  This is why it takes both a quality male and a quality female to produce impressive litters on a consistent basis.  With a Top Stud bred with a below average female, most of the time the offspring will be a watered down version of what you had initially hoped for.

BIG NAMES IN THE PEDIGREE

The next mistake that many customers make is assuming that just because a top dog is in the pedigree, the Stud or productions will be top of the line.  As Ty Lumley of Double L Kennel’scovered in the last issue, traits are much more important than the names in a dog’s pedigree.  Look at the actual dogs (The Sire & Dam) when making your judgement, don’t just assume it will yield an impressive litter because of a few big names in the pedigree behind them.  The Sire & Dam should carry the traits or “look” you’re hoping to get.

“I focus on what traits each individual dog brings to the table, the positives and negatives, and what traits are strong in their pedigree. Not what names are in the pedigree, but what traits are strong, the traits that are consistent from the parents and the litter mates to each individual dog.  I’ve seen scatter bred dogs that are some of the best examples of the breed and tightly bred dogs of a certain line that look nothing like what the line was intended to look like.  In my opinion the dog itself is what makes the pedigree valuable not the other way around.”

DETERMINING SHOW QUALITY

What to look for when determining if a dog is show quality will probably be an entire article in itself that we will eventually cover.  When choosing a puppy look for defects.  Fabian Chichester put it best “what’s small now gets big later.”  Meaning an underbite, bad feet, high rear, roach back, kinked tail etc. will most likely remain, if not get worse as the dog grows.

Check the bite, look for straight feet and good overall confirmation compared to the pups litter mates. Color is in right now, so a lot of customers will choose color first.  I would take structure over color any day of the week.  With a good breeder you should be able to find what you’re looking for.  The best Video I’ve seen that covers “Determining Show Quality” can be found on Bullybadasstv’s Youtube Channel.  After you watch that, be sure to check out their Video on “Breed Type” to further your understanding.

BREED TYPE

If you begin attending Shows you’ll repeatedly hear the term “breed type.” the “dog is a great example of breed type”, or maybe the judge says your dog “has excellent structure but lacks breed type.”  So, what is breed type?  The American Bully’s breed type is geared to differentiate this type of dog (The American Bully) from other breeds of dog.  There should be no confusion at first glance what type of breed this is, and it’s features should clearly differentiate the American Bully from the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the various Bulldog breeds.

Here’s a Video from BullybadassTv that does a great job of explaining “breed type” in detail. Be sure to Subscribe to their Youtube Channel for more great videos, they’re one of the best in the business and have a ton of great videos.

THE EXOTIC BULLY

There’s been a lot of ‘bully’ talk lately in the community circles. What used to be a catch-all term to categorize a specific group of specific breeds has become a mangled, multi-defined term of mass confusion and misuse. SO what IS an ‘Exotic’? Is it the same thing as a bully?  Is it shorthand for American Bully?  So, what is an Exotic Bully anyway?

Poorly bred ‘Exotic’ dogs, produced by breeders selling dogs with bad conformation from unproven parents for outlandish prices, do not represent the true form of the American Bullies. Exotics aren’t ‘typical’ American Bullies, they are not correct based on the historical– or current day correct – conformation of the Bully breed.  They do not conform to the official American Bully standards – in fact, most of these dogs would get laughed out of the show ring (which is why Exotic breeders now host their own shows)

Ever see the Studs that look amazing in photos where the background is ALWAYS blurry & there’s never any videos of the dog? And if they’re feeling confident enough to send a video it looks like a deflated version of the photo and you’re confused as to how a a dog can go from incredible to underwhelming? It’s Photoshop. Some breeders do it, the background of the photos are usually blurry. They’re actually getting better photoshopping now now, so you’ll want to ask to see video.

GOOD BREEDERS DON’T HIDE BEHIND ONE GLAMOR SHOT

We at BULLY KING have no opinion or judgement if you prefer an exotic bully. That’s your preference and none of our business.  But, when you’re selling others a dream through photoshopped pictures and producing dogs that aren’t functional, deformed and destined to a painful existence.. well, we’ll call a spade a spade..

Honestly, haven’t you wondered why every photo of the so-called “top exotics” are blurred in the background? Do you think these dogs are just so badass they change the atmosphere around them? As Bullybadasstv says “C’mon man..” That’s why when you see these dogs in person the first words most people mouth is “dafuq?”

Just don’t call it an American Bully. It embarrasses true dog men who care about the breed.

Go to an ABKC, RKC, BBCR show, these dogs would get laughed out of the ring.  Most look great online thanks to photoshop but are underwhelming when you see them in person.  These are the dogs who’s owners you see at Shows hanging out by the door telling each other how badass their dogs are, by other owners who were sold the same dream.  You’ll hear “Kratos, 2X Miagi, 4X Bolow” etc.. but just look at the dogs.. Then if anyone has the audacity to mention the truth online or state that the dog is a disaster, they’re a “hater.”

As we covered in a previous Issue: No one these days can seem to hear facts. Then, in just about every forum online you’ll have a bunch of other noobs commenting “fire bro” “haters make the world go round” or some other nonsensical generic response.  It’s much easier to label anyone that gives them the truth a “hater” than to admit you were sold a dream.  Shit, if I dropped 30K on a new car that was defective, and people were commenting online that it was a piece of junk, I’d call them haters too. I’m invested at this point, and if I want to re-sell my piece of shit car I need to make others believe that shit is the shit. “Fire bro”
Now before anyone gets upset, we are referring to the genetic disasters.  We are not bashing the exotic bully as a whole.
If your dog has health issues, can’t walk or run and destined to a short life full of joint pain and back problems, feel free to be offended.  If you label your dog as Exotic and produce healthy, functional examples, this isn’t directed at you.  Lead the community, and be an example. Help set breed Standards for a happy, healthy dog. At the end of the day, that’s all we care about.


THERE HAVE BEEN A TON OF REPORTS LATELY THAT OVERSEAS BUYERS HAVE BEEN GETTING RIPPED OFF

Many buyers have learned the hard way that just because a dog has a high price tag, does not mean that is worth that.  Just like any business, there are legitimate people to buy from and others solely looking to profit off of others lack of knowledge.  Do your homework!! – BK Mag

History Of The American Pit Bull Terrier & The Evolution Of The American Bully

image-1Today’s American Bully began it’s establishment around 20 years ago with the purpose of creating the ultimate family companion with impressive physical attributes.  The American Bully breed evolved only through careful and selective breeding of the American Staffordshire terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and various bulldog breeds designed to place an emphasis on maintaining a loyal, devoted and steadfast temperament, while enhancing desired physical characteristics.

The traits of dog aggression and gameness were purposely bred out, because the breed had no future purpose for those traits (with the exception of hunting and sporting events)  A new style of breed was formed and is now promoted as the “American Bully”.  This breed still carries the ancestry of the “Pit Bull” and still has to deal with the reputation of that breed.. but it is not the same breed.

Confirmation Shows and Events are showing the world why this is a great breed, and changing public perception in mass numbers.  These types of events help educate the public on the American Bully and what makes it is a great breed, and it also helped to break down negative stereotyping of both the breed and people.  This was achieved through years of selective breeding.

The American Bully possesses the loyalty and stability of the American Pit Bull Terrier while retaining the sociable, amiable, and outgoing temperament of the American Staffordshire Terrier and the various bulldog breeds.  Initially registries were reluctant to acknoweledge the existence of bulldog breeds, but many including the ABKC have come forward and acknowledged it’s presence.

This unique breed is noted for displaying extreme tolerance toward children and an overwhelming eagerness to please its family.  Physically, the American Bully has a graceful yet impressive, solid, defined, athletic build that is both muscular and toned, and denotes strength as well as agility. It is a breed capable and diverse in all tasks and abilities.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a wonderful breed of dog, well-known for its intelligence, strength, and loyalty.  In recent years, the breed has been unfairly villianized as overly aggressive and dangerous.  The media unfairly groups several different breeds under the label “pit bull” for news reports grossly miscalculating bite and attack statistics.  Scientists and DNA tests have provent that the majority of attacks by breeds labeled as pit bull were not in fact pit bulls.  While the pit bull does indeed possess a feisty and spirited character, the history of the breed reveals a much more complex tapestry of temperament and personality.

Like many modern breeds, it is impossible to be completely sure of the details of the American Pit Bull Terrier’s long history.  However, many pit bull enthusiasts believe the origins of the breed can be traced back to antiquity and the Molossian family of dogs.  The Molossian family of dogs bears the name of the people with whom they were most often associated – the Molossi tribe, a group of people who lived in ancient Greece and favored the use of robust, muscular dogs in warfare. Officially termed canus molossi (dogs of the Molossi), these animals were reknowned for their fierceness, and for their innate ability to intimidate the enemies of their tribe.

During this same time period, it is also believed that the Molossian dogs were used for other purposes.  In fact, early Phoenician traders may even have used the Molossians as a bargaining item in their commercial transactions.  The Molossians gave rise to another family of dogs known as the Mastiffs.  The early Britons employed a variation of the Mastiffs as pugnaces – fighting dogs that could be used in either a guardianship or warfare capacity.

When the Roman emperor Claudius defeated the Briton Chief Caractacus in 50 AD, the powerful pugnaces piqued his interest.  He quickly seized on the opportunity and began exporting select quantities of the dogs back home to satiate his countrymen’s appetite for entertainment in the arenas and coliseums of Rome.  Once in Rome, the British dogs were crossbred with their Roman counterparts.  From the years 50 AD to 410 AD, the breed was widely disseminated throughout the Roman Empire for use as fighting dogs. Along the way they mixed with other indigenous breeds throughout Europe, creating a genetic melting pot for the bulldogs that are thought to have been the immediate antecedents of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Sadly, the Romans would not be the last to use pit bulls in cruel and grisly blood sports. When the Normans invaded England in 1066, they introduced a new sport called baiting. Interestingly enough, baiting originated with butchers who kept dogs (called Bullenbeissers) to handle unruly bulls as they were herded to the market for slaughter. When a bull stepped out of line or exhibited uncontrollable behavior, the dogs would clamp down on its nose and simply hang on until the handler could regain control of the wayward animal.

Like most dog owners, the butchers were proud of their canine companions and their stubborn tenacity in dealing with the much larger, and potentially dangerous bulls. Consequently, pubic displays were arranged to showcase the dogs’ abilities and, quite frankly, to appease the multitudes that attended baiting events for their entertainment value.  By the 16th century, nearly every town in England had its own baiting ring. The popularity of baiting events was unparalleled at the time, as was their ability to draw spectators from every level of society. Their popularity was further enhanced by the misguided perception that prolonged torture ensured the tenderness of the meat.

In baiting events, no more than one or two dogs were unleashed on the bull.  They were trained to unrelentingly harass the bulls until they collapsed from fatigue, their injuries, or both.  These episodes lasted for prolonged periods, sometimes as long as three or four hours.  Eventually, the public grew bored with bulls and introduced a creative flair to the sport, baiting dogs with bears, boars, horses, and even monkeys!

In 1406, Edmond de Langley – the Duke of York – produced a short treatise for Henry IV entitled, “The Master of the Game and of Hawks.”  In it, he described a descendent of the ancient Mastiffs that he called the “Alaunt”, the most commonly used baiting dog of the era.  A 1585 painting of the Alaunts hunting wild boar portrayed lean, muscular animals with profound similarities to the dogs we know as pit bulls.

Baiting was made illegal by the British parliament in 1835.  However, this legislation did little to satiate the public’s desire to watch the spectacle of dogs in fighting sports.  As a result, their attention turned to a variety of other pursuits such as ratting – a practice in which a dog was thrown in a pit with a varying number of rats. The dogs raced against the clock and each other to determine which one could kill the most rats in the shortest period of time.  The “pit” in pit bulls comes from the fact that ratting occurred in a pit that kept the rats from escaping.

Ultimately the public’s fickle gaze fell on the sport of dog fighting, primarily because it could be more easily hidden from the prying eyes of the law than baiting and other fighting sports.  Since dog fighting required smaller and more agile animals than the ones that were used in baiting, fighting bulldogs were bred with terriers who were known for their feistiness and indefatigable focus. The result was the bull-and-terrier, more commonly known as the first pit bull terrier – a muscular, canine gladiator bred specifically for combat with other dogs.

As you can imagine, dog fighting was an extremely cruel and sadistic pursuit.  The canine combatants were put through a rigorous training process depriving them of normal contact with humans and instilling in them an intense desire to spill the blood of their opponents.  It was not unusual for these dogs to be fed a diet of blood and raw meat, and to be kept in complete darkness apart from the few hours a day they spent training with their handlers to further enhance the dogs’ eagerness for the kill.  Handlers forced them to run on a stationary treadmill with a weaker animal in front of them, but just out of reach.  At the end of the exercise, the dogs were allowed to kill the animal as their reward.

During the course of a dog fight, the dogs were expected to fearlessly hurl themselves at their opponents without flinching or hesitation.  If a dog turned away, it was viewed as a weakness and could be grounds for forfeit.  Even if the hesitant animal was lucky enough to survive the encounter, he was still not out of the woods.  Many handlers killed their own dogs because they believed a dog that hesitated even once could no longer be relied on to fight with the verve and tenacity the sport required.

When English immigrants came to America, their dogs came with them.  Not surprisingly, dog fighting was common in America throughout the 19th century.  However, as the immigrants traveled west, the pit bull took on a broader and more humane function.  On the frontier, pit bulls assumed the role of an all-purpose dog.  In addition to herding cattle and sheep they served as faithful guardians protecting families and livestock from the ever-present threat of thieves and wild animals.

Despite their gallant history, pit bulls faced an uphill battle in gaining official recognition.  The American Kennel Club was formed in 1884 for the sole purpose of promoting the interests of purebred dogs and their owners.  To accomplish this, they sponsored events designed to test various breeds in the areas of performance and conformation.

The performance events created an immediate problem for the pit bull since the function for which they were bred – fighting – was illegal.  Furthermore, the AKC understandably refused to remotely endorse anything related to dog fighting.  In response to the AKC’s unwillingness to include pit bulls as a bonafide breed, in 1898 an alternative group was formed – the UKC (United Kennel Club).  The purpose of the UKC was to certify breeds that were not eligible for certification by the AKC.  Not surprisingly, the UKC’s charter member was the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Ultimately the AKC did recognize the pit bull in 1936, albeit under the designation of the Staffordshire Terrier, named after the region of England where the crossbreeding of bulldogs and terriers is thought to have begun. Today, the AKC continues to include the American Staffordshire Terrier in its registry, although ironically this has now developed into a breed that is distinct from its American Pit Bull Terrier cousin. Over the years, the American Pit Bull Terrier has been a beloved symbol of America.

In World War I, a pit bull named Stubby captured the heart of the nation.  Stubby was the unofficial mascot of the 102nd Infantry Division and was credited with saving the lives of several of his human comrades.  For his valiant service, Stubby won several medals and was even awarded the rank of sergeant!  Sergeant Stubby was a stray, homeless mutt who saved more lives, saw more combat, and performed more badass feats of heroic awesomeness than most people could ever hope to accomplish.  This friggin’ dog/Battle-Cat hybrid learned the damn bugle calls, could execute the marching maneuvers with the men, and was – I shit you not – trained to salute superior officers by raising his forepaw to his brow.

Stubby was so incredibly badass there’s too many war stories and tales of heroics to write, but you can find them HERE.  Stubby came home from the war to a hero’s welcome and went on to become the mascot for Georgetown University.  Over the years, many famous Americans have owned pit bulls.  Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Thomas Edison, Woodrow Wilson, John Steinbeck, Helen Keller, and Fred Astaire have all been proud to own dogs of this breed.  The actor Ken Howard (the father on the TV show Crossing Jordan) even credits his pit bull with saving his life.

Pit bulls have crept in the hearts of Americans through a variety of ways. For years, RCA recording company looked to a pit bull as its corporate logo. Similarly, Buster Brown Shoes used a pit bull as the cornerstone of their marketing campaign. But, perhaps the most famous pit bull was Petey, the adorable ring-eyed cutey featured on the TV show Little Rascals.  In no time at all, Petey secured a place alongside Alfalfa, Spanky, and the other rascals as a national treasure.

Today, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a beloved animal that is used in a variety of helping functions in society including police dogs, search dogs, therapy dogs, and farm dogs.  Even so, negative publicity has led many cities to condemn them as a community problem.  This perception has been supported by the prevalence of illegal dog fighting in cities and small towns across America.  In recent years, gangs have taken to dog fighting and elevated the ownership of trained fighting dogs as a status symbol.

Pit bulls have born the brunt of the backlash because of their popularity with dog fighters.  This has caused the public to demand legislative action against pit bulls.  Yielding to the pressure of their constituents, public officials have banned pit bulls in many civil jurisdictions and others are following suit including insurance companies who reserve the right to cancel a homeowner’s policy if it is learned that a pit bull resides on the premises.

The negative treatment of pit bulls in our society is unfortunate to say the least.  Just the being labeled “pit bull” by someone can be a death sentence for a dog.  The scary part, is that it’s usually people without any experience with the breed that label them “pit bulls” based off of looks alone.  In Colorado, the police went around murdering people’s beloved pets and family members because they “looked like pit bulls.”  Montreal is attempting to ban them now, or already has.  I would focus my time and energy on all of the criminal activity, or trafficking of drugs and women in the city..  Where they’re exploited for profit.  But I digress..

Pit bulls and people can live harmoniously if given the chance.  Training is an important consideration in pit bull ownership. The history of the breed demonstrates that unless they are properly trained and socialized at a young age, this strong-minded dog will quickly attempt to dominate the household.  However, with the proper training the American Pit Bull Terrier can be a remarkably loyal and valued member of the family.  As with any breed, responsible ownership is required.  Be the leader of your pack and work with your dog.  Never leave any dog unattended with young children.

The American Bully is an offshoot of the American Pit Bull Terrier, and was created to give the American Pit Bull Terrier a new direction and outlet according to the A.B.K.C.  At least that’s the politically correct answer.  In reality, it is more likely that breeders after a bigger pit bull with exagerrated features added various bulldog breeds in, often times hanging papers.

Regardless of how it truly happened, the result was an extremely physically impressive animal.  One with the look of a pit bull, but with heavier bone structure and more muscle mass.  This breed went on to become the American Bully. The temperament was a bonus, as they are very laid back and make excellent companion dogs. See Everything You Need to Know About The American Bully.

There is bulldog in the makeup of the American Bully, whether we agree with it or not is irrelevant,. It’s there.  Breeders trying to take shortcuts and breeding a Pit Bull with a Bulldog today are taking steps backwards.  Other breeders mixing in French Bulldogs attempting to get an “exotic bully” are also damaging the breed.  See Everything You Need to Know About the American Bully- The Definitive List.

How To Build A Quick & Inexpensive Whelping Box

How To Series: Creating an inexpensive Whelping Box (For about $58.00 worth of material including Beer)

Box size:
If the female you are breeding can lay comfortably on her side in a 36″ or 42″ long crate, then a 48″ square whelping box will be perfect. These directions are for a 48″ square which will easily accommodate most pocket and standard bullies.

Materials:
Two 4×8 sheets of 1/4″ plywood
One 8′  1×1
Two 8′ pieces of 1×6
One box of laminate flooring.
(Enough to cover 16s.f.)
Tools:
Tape measure
Utility knife
Spray adhesive (optional)
Nail gun
Circular saw
Jig saw
Pencil
Shoe lace or string
Beer

Step 1. The base and corner posts:

Cut one piece of 1/4″ plywood in half to give you two 4×4 pieces. One of these will be your base.

We used relatively thin plywood in order to keep weight and cost to a minimum. We have used thicker in the past and saw no benefits.

Cut the 8′ 1×1 into four 18″ pieces. These will be your 4 corner posts.

Screw or nail one 18″ 1×1 into each of the 4 corners.

Next cover the base surface with your vinyl or linoleum flooring. Be sure to notch out the 4 corners for the 1×1 posts. Tip: if you purchase 1 foot squares you will only need 16 pieces at $0.69 a piece at Home Depot. We use the vinyl flooring so that the wood doesn’t absorb the urine and discharge.

It can be easily cleaned to keep the box sanitary. Spray adhesive is optional, the flooring tiles have adhesive backing and will stick just fine without it. We just happened to have some lying around.

Flooring

Step 2. The walls:
Next cut four 48″X 18″ pieces out of your remaining plywood. It’s already 48″ wide so you’ll just have to make cuts every 18″ across.  These will be your 4 side walls. One will be the front with access door. (do not install this one yet)

Installing the Walls

Step 3 Front with Access Panel:

Front Access Panel

On the one side panels which will have the front  access door, measure across the length 1/2 way (24″) and put a temporary drew or nail in half way.  We tied a string from our temporary screw to a pencil in order to draw a semi circle which will mark our access door.

Cutting the semi circle

We then used a jig saw to cut a semi circle on the top side.

The access door can be used as needed to keep the puppies in. When the pups are first born, the panel is left off completely so that the mother can get in and out of the box very easily.

This is particularly helpful if she’s just had surgery. As the puppies get more mobile, you can drop the door to keep them inside. When the puppies are climbing out over the sides of the Whelping box it’s time to move them out.

Step 4.  The pig rails:
The purpose of the pig rails is to keep the puppy from being smashed between its mother and the side of the box. The puppy slides under the rail, and mom’s back just presses against the face of the rail. The puppies are attracted to the darkness under the pig rails. They will quickly learn that it’s safe place and spend most of their time there long before their eyes are open.

You can use 1×6 or 1×4 boards to run around the inner diameter of the box.

The height of the pig rail will vary for the size of the female. (between 5-6” off the base has seemed to work well for us)

Adding the pig rails

We cut two spacer blocks 5” tall as you can see in the photo above-and reused them under each rail to hold up them to the same height as we nailed them in.  Tip: do the two sides first, they will be the same size.  Then do the rear which will be shorter.

The Front of your whelping box

Finally the front. The front will be two small pieces the run up to the access door.
Bedding:
People like to use different things that they’ve have found to work well for them.

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We don’t keep our dogs outside, so to reduce smell, instead of wood chips we use old sheets from day one until the puppies become active.  During the first couple days while mom has discharge, we usually have a layer of old towels on top of the sheets. You may be able to get by with only a couple of changes a day… just plan on keeping the washer and dryer running. During the weaning process, Mom will lose interest in cleaning the puppies so the layer of old towels makes clean up a lot easier.

A thermometer near the box is also a very good idea. 78 to 80 degrees F is what we use for our new pups.  Watch the puppies to see what temperature they want… If they are always piled up, they are too cold. If they are always spread out, they are too warm.

All done! Finish your beer

Hope that this article helps someone build a whelping box that can save money, protect your newborn pups and makes whelping a litter just a little less stressful.

The argument; Exotic Bullies

The Exotic Bully tends to be a heated and sensitive subject within the bully world, some of the most common arguments involve health, lifespan, unethical breeding and fraud. A lot of exotic supporters tend to defend this breed by comparing the harassment the American Bully had to overcome from pit bull breeders.

“I see this as an unfair comparison because the American Bully’s true image was a well structured, healthy standard. A large bully dog comes with additional health issues but as long as the structure is functional, the animal can live a long joyful life.”
People often mislabel their dogs as exotic as a marketing tactic to seek financial gain in which case most are extreme American Bullies. Breeding towards these exaggerated features is acceptable to a degree as long as health and structure is not sacrificed. The known standards for the exotic bully includes structural defects which is why health is a large part of this argument.

So where did this term Exotic Bully originate?

The first use of the word was used by Garden State Bullies as a marketing ploy to sell defective dogs (which as we can see worked really well.) Other unethical and inexperienced breeders took advantage of this new movement for financial gain and from our point of view gave exotics the bad image they have today. This has attracted people strictly searching for status, fame and money.

Personally, we don’t prefer the Exotic type, although if that is your preference and you own or breed Exotic Bullies without the many health issues that most have, we have no problem with that.  If the dog is functional and healthy we have no right to tell you what type of dog you prefer.
The problem is that most suffer from a plethora of issues. If we did like the look of Exotics we would just buy an English Bulldog and crop the ears. It’s clear that exotic’s are American Bullies crossed with English and/or French Bulldogs. The American Bully breed does contain elements of bulldog but we’ve chosen to achieve a healthier, balanced appearance.
A topic that gets discussed a lot is paper hanging, fraud can be used on both sides of the conversation and paper hanging has been done in every breed in existence. What needs to be expressed to individuals who seek involvement with exotics is the potential risk of losing their registration papers. (Which is a common issue when establishing any new breed until you break away and form a breed club or registry)
The Problem 

Go to an ABKC, RKC, BBCR show, these dogs would get laughed out of the ring. Most look great online thanks to photoshop but are underwhelming when you see them in person.

These are the dogs who’s owners you see at Shows hanging out by the door telling each other how badass their dogs are, by other owners who were sold the same dream.

You’ll hear “Kratos, 2X Miagi” etc.. but just look at the dogs.. Then if anyone has the audacity to mention the truth online or state that the dog is a disaster, they’re a “hater.”

No one these days can seem to hear facts.  Then, in just about every forum online you’ll have a bunch of other noobs commenting “fire bro” “haters make the world go round” or some other nonsensical generic response.  It’s much easier to label anyone that gives them the truth a “hater” than to admit you were sold a dream.

Shit, if I dropped 30K on a new car that was defective, and people were commenting online that it was a piece of junk, I’d call them haters too. I’m invested at this point, and if I want to re-sell my piece of shit car I need to make others believe that shit is the shit. “Fire bro”

Now before anyone gets upset, we are referring to the genetic disasters.  We are not bashing the exotic bully as a whole.  If your dog has health issues, can’t walk or run and destined to a short life full of joint pain and back problems, feel free to be offended. If you label your dog as Exotic and produce healthy, functional examples, this isn’t directed at you. Lead the community, and be an example. Help set breed Standards for a happy, healthy dog. At the end of the day, that’s all we care about.

You can have a short, extremely muscled dog with dense bone, head and chest that can still move, run, jump and be active.. 

If Exotic Breeders Wish to Truly Develop This Into A Respected Breed..
They need to separate themselves from American Bully breed/community and develop a healthy standard that encompasses the exaggerated features but minimizing the health concerns we’re seeing today.
You can’t base anything lasting on a faulty foundation 

Another concern is lack of leadership and a single registry to support this community.  To establish a breed properly you need experienced individuals that understand how a dog should function. A large number of canine registries have popped up over the years with different standards and I believe the intentions are clearly for profit and not establishing a breed standard and hosting conformation events.

An issue a lot of pure breeds today are having is their being slowly destroyed by breeders following unethical breeding practices which is causing severe health problems. Like the English Bulldog the exotic’s are seeing tremendous health problems with structure, breathing, joints, hips and heart issues which is causing reduced lifespans and quality of life.

Some of the more established breeds like Great Danes, German Shepherd, English Bulldogs, Dalmatians and more have fallen victim to the same problems we’re seeing with Exotic Bullies. “I’ve seen first hand- dogs who can’t even walk be held up in the ring and win conformation shows.”

If we as a community continue to support this style of breeding we’ll breed domestic dog into extinction. The internet and media is filled with negative and false information towards breeders. “As breeders we need to be aware of the image we represent to the world. My hope for this article is to educate people looking to get involved in the breeding world and to hopefully bring a new and educated view into this troubling movement.”

LMAO, you have to be kidding me!  Get at us ASAP!