WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY & WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT. Moved to Central Florida in 2011 where I currently live.
IT’S AN HONOR & A PRIVILEGE TO INTERVIEW YOU, YOU’VE BEEN AROUND FOR SOME YEARS, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE YEAR & WHAT WAS GOING ON WHEN YOU GOT INVOLVED WITH THE BREED?
I have been involved with dogs since early teen years. I began with the American Pit Bull Terrier. From the moment I saw my first bully I knew that I wanted to know more and get one for myself. So I did, and had a few breedings along the next couple years. It wasn’t until I met my wife Sharon that I really pursued taking bullies more serious and to the next level.
So we started our kennel Silverback Bullies in 2015. It was our combined passion for the breed that made us want to realize our dreams and that they could in fact, become reality. When you find that someone that shares one of your life’s passions as much as you do, it’s almost impossible to ignore. We’ve been good together since we began dog breeding and for almost three years we were able to achieve great success. We are very anxious to see where the future brings us.
HOW WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO THE AMERICAN BULLY BREED?
In 2008 I was first introduced to the bully breed by Jay from Ironvein Kennels in Bridgeport. He lived around the same area as I did. We would see each other out walking our dogs… I still had pit bulls at the time. After seeing his bully, he introduced me to a whole new passion. Quickly I stopped breeding pit bulls and made the move to breeding American Bullies.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INVOLVED IN THE BREED?
With me, it was love at first sight. Like I just mentioned in the question above, that day I seen Jay’s bully was the day I was inspired to get involved with the bully breed. I was inspired by and interested in how they look, walk, their build, and temperament. In my opinion, the bully is a perfectly built dog. After that very first encounter I knew then I wanted to be involved in owning and breeding bullies.
DID YOU HAVE A MENTOR OR GUIDANCE WHEN YOU 1ST STARTED?
No, there wasn’t a mentor I had when I first started. It was my older brother and me. Him and I worked together learning trying to soak up as much knowledge about bullies as possible. The bully world actually is like family, so most people are willing to open up and share a little of what they know, have been through, and learned themselves. I have asked many questions along the way however, never had a mentor.
DID YOU ATTEND SHOWS, OR ARE YOU MORE INTERESTED IN BREEDING, OR BOTH?
Yes, both. I have attended shows and bred litters. Definitely enjoy doing both. I am actually getting prepared to start showing some productions soon. I have not had an opportunity to do so yet, because I was really not interested in showing a dog or puppy that I had purchased. Now that I have production that I couldn’t be more proud of to show and call my own (shout out my boy Cream Cheese) I am looking forward up coming shows.
IF YES, TELL US ABOUT YOUR 1st SHOW
My first show actually wasn’t until I lived in Florida. It was a show in Kissimmee. I remember that day well. The excitement and energy I felt to see so many different bullies with so many different looks was fuel to my fire. There is something about being at shows that are amazing. One of my favorite memories from that show and all others is the stack off. I knew I had to produce a stud and get in on that action! Took a little patience and dedication but now I have a stud ready for the stack offs. Maybe even put him in the ring see if I can’t bring a trophy home.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE DOGS?” (TOP 5)
Wow, that is a tuff question. There are so many great dogs and breeders that come to mind. I guess if I had to choose only 5 I would have to go with Cream Cheese, Hashish, Krippy Kush, Haze, and Blue Cheese. The list goes on and on but you asked for 5.
At Silverback Bullies, we enjoy and respect all bullies however, our true passion is for exotic bullies. We really like how compact and well built they are. Our goal is to produce puppies that are small, nice heads, short wrinkled snouts, and a chest spread with muscle mass.
We strive to produce healthy happy puppies that any family or breeder would be proud to own. Our puppies are raised indoors in a family environment. My children really enjoy their roles in helping out. Our little SilverbackBullies juniors. We use the same vet from conception to the time we home a puppy and have been able to establish a very good relationship.
Bloodlines that we have used include Bo-Low, Onyx, Bullseye, Rockstar, and Haze JR. We are anticipating the arrival of our Haze JR. litter that will be dropping in a couple weeks. We are super stoked to see what kind of production we will get from him and our exotic female Kinky.
WHAT IS YOUR VISION OR MAIN GOAL?
At Silverback Bullies we take time and consideration into which male we will pair with our females. Some may think just choose a popular stud and your puppies will be great. In our opinion this is false. Just because a stud has been a great producer doesn’t automatically mean he is right for your female. Our goal is to search for that stud that has all the qualities we are looking for, that will really compliment our female, and bring it where she may lack. In doing so we have had successful litters, achieved goals set, and produced the exotic look we were after.
TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE GOT PLANNED OVER AT YOUR KENNEL?
Silverback Bullies has big plans coming into play. Such as up coming litters that we look forward to welcoming. We are also trying to organize a fundraiser this year to help the bulling epidemic. Not the good dog bully but, the dangerous human ones. With recent rises in childhood suicide and school shooting and our children crying for help, we feel it is our duty to answer their cries for help and try to make some kind of impact. “Bullies stopping Bully’s” fundraiser meet and greet BBQ. The plans are in the works, with more information available soon. Event will be held in Central Florida the target date is in October since that is National anti-bulling month. For more information or ways you can help our contact information is listed in the interview.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR UP AND COMING STUD?
At this moment we have two up and coming studs. Both males have great qualities to offer. We own Hashish who is now open for stud. He is an exotic bully and is 15 months old. He is very compact and short, a great head and build. His temperament is super laid back and is great with people and other animals. His bloodline is Bullseye. Our next stud Cream Cheese also an exotic.
He is an all around a phenomenal dog. At just 7 months he looks amazing and still has features coming in this boy keeps getting better. He has a fantastic color, compact body, nice head with a short wrinkled snout, and tons of muscle mass. He absolutely has the bully mentality and is a show stopper everywhere we bring him and he knows it. He is very good with people and animals also. We have yet to see any productions off him but soon will be time. We have high expectations of him and have good feelings on his ability to be successful. He has Rockstar blood bread to our Bo-low female JLO.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR DOGS, CONTACT YOU AND FOLLOW YOU ONLINE?
We can be found online via Facebook: Rastawaymarley
We have just begun setting up our site so it is in the beginning stages now, but soon we plan to have it filled with photos, up coming shows, litter productions, studs, and possibly even some products that are designed for the bully breed. So we are off to a busy start of this year and are excited to see where it brings us.
Silverback Bullies has a busy year and years to come ahead of us and we’re extremely excited to get these projects and breedings in the works complete. Remember to watch out for our boy Cream Cheese!
LET US SAY THAT IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR SPEAKING WITH YOU. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU’D LIKE TO LEAVE OUR READERS WITH?
One thing that we have learned along the way so far is to remain humble and to stay true to yourself and your dreams and expectations. What may work for others may not work for you. Ride your own wave and create something for yourself and your kennel’s success. It is true that there are a lot of breeders but, if you have respect, work hard and honestly, everything will fall into place.
From the Silverback Bullies Family to the entire bully family community thank you for the support and love.
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