KENNEL INTERVIEW: DAWGHOUSE BULLIES FEATURING 2020-2021 MASCOT CHAMPION BIG APACHE
Dawghouse Bullies is Owned & Operated by Brian & Jacqueline Amendola Loctated in Boca Raton, FL
STATE YOUR NAME, KENNEL NAME & WHERE YOU’RE LOCATED
Dawghouse Bullies is owned and operated by Jacqueline and Brian Amendola in Boca Raton, Florida.
TELL US ABOUT THE NAME OF YOUR KENNEL AND WHAT IT REPRESENTS
The name “Dawghouse” came from my Brother In Law & one of our best friends (brother) to my husband Brian- Rudy DeTommaso. Rudy was an entrepreneur involved in Italian restaurants and nightclubs in South Florida. He often referred to his closest circle of family as “The Dawghouse.” Years ago, Rudy passed and we named our kennel “the Dawghouse” in his honor.
Because it reminds us of him and the good times that we had, and also because a tight family stays tight together. Both in good times and bad. To this day, we still see our dogs as tight as family and thus the name Dawghouse Bullies was created.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE YEAR & WHAT WAS GOING ON WHEN YOU GOT INVOLVED WITH THE BREED?
Back in 2000 we bred AKC American Staffordshire Terriers. We did not start breeding American Bullies and entering into ABKC shows until a few years later. We bought our very first American Bully in 2013 from Royal Blue Kennels out of Stuart, Florida. We named him RBK’s Blue Dozer.
Dozer is currently an ABKC Champion in the Classic class and now retired. We loved Dozer so much that we decided to purchase a female just for him! We went with another breeder out of Tampa (Grindhouse Bullies). We decided to name her Grindhouse’s Aww Sookie Sookie… and the name fit perfectly. And from there, it was pretty much all she wrote!
HOW WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO THE BREED?
We were blessed with Sookie’s first litter – 10 perfect dual registered UKC/ABKC competitive show bullies. With the birth of these beautiful puppies our obsession with this incredible breed only increased. What’s not to love about these beautiful beasts? Like many, we fell totally in love with the breed, their build, color, amazing personalities and temperament. After a few years, we decided to focus our attention solely on breeding American Bullies that fit the Pocket Class. Pocket bullies are not the easiest to breed, but to us it’s the class and style of bully we love the most.
WHAT TYPE OF DOGS DO YOU BREED & WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TRAITS OF THIS PARTICULAR BREED?
Our vision and goal at Dawghouse Bullies is to produce Pocket American Bullies with Extreme Features. Dogs that exemplify breed “type” and are still able to excel in the show ring. We focus on the importance of thickness, bone and head in our dogs, without losing sight of the ABKC breed Standard and having “correct” conformation for the Show Ring.
We don’t breed just to breed dogs, Dawghouse has always planned breedings with a goal in mind. While we may not have as many litters as many other breeders- when we do, the two dogs being paired together are a combination of the very best pedigrees.
DID YOU HAVE A MENTOR OR ANY GUIDANCE WHEN YOU 1ST STARTED?
We’ve been blessed to have had some great mentors along the way! One of the first was Kathy McCloyne of Royal Blue Kennels and the other was Olin Stephens of Grindhouse Bullies. If we ever feel lost or need helpful insight, we always go back to the basics. And many times it has to do with what they taught us.
These two mentors of ours are always just a phone call away! We are extremely grateful for all of the knowledge that they have passed down to us, and in return we try to pass down the same lessons that we’ve learned over the years to other breeders with less experience, or anyone with good intentions and willingness to learn.
WHAT DOES YOUR DOGS DIET CONSIST OF?
Our dogs’ diets consist of Raw food. We use a commercial meat grinder to grind raw bone for the dogs to eat. Their diet consists of beef, chicken, pork, fish, liver, tripe, kidney etc. If you are interested, there are many Youtube videos that teach both the benefits of feeding raw and how to do it. We always say to “do your own research and make your own decision” after you’ve done your own research. But for us, it was a simple decision to make.
Especially due to the fact that one of our own dogs was allergic to just about everything. We had to give her medication in an attempt to keep her skin issues under control. Once we made the transition to a raw diet, we noticed significant changes in all of our dogs! Coats began to become noticeably shinier, not dusty or dry looking. We noticed improvement in muscle tone and definition and considerable weight gain. After a short period of feeding raw, we were able to get off of the allergy medication altogether and the same female with skin issues has not had a single breakout in the past five years.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED AT YOUR KENNEL OVER THE NEXT YEAR?
We just had an in-house breeding and were absolutely thrilled with the results! We paired one of our very own female productions- ABKC Champion Dawghouse’s Fury. We produced Fury in our breeding to Louis V Line’s Venom (Venom X Aww Sookie Sookie). Fury was Venom’s first born daughter and also the very first Venom offspring to become a Chamnpion.
We bred to Ed Shephard’s “couch dog” Daxline’s Santino. As many know, Santino produced 2019 Nationals Winner ABKC Grand Champion Sampson. If you’re familiar with bloodlines, no further explanation is needed on this one. A tight line breeding with just enough variation, this nine times Dax and two times Louis V litter resulted in a litter of absolute show stoppers!
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT ANY NEW ADDITIONS TO YOUR CAMP?
We recently added a new member to our pack: a Dreamchaser Bullies female off of Bai Nan’s legendary Ch Muscletone’s Magoo. She was bred by his partner Karen from Clay Southerns. We appreciate the help from these two so that we can keep moving in the direction of our visions. Wishing nothing but goodness for those around us. #ELE.
TELL US MORE ABOUT 2020 BULLY KING MASCOT DAWGHOUSE’S BIG APACHE
Big Apache was produced in a pairing between Mad Dog’s Pandora of TSB/DHB, a Champion Lucky Luciano Daughter that we matched up with Phokings’ Big Red, a Grand Champion Rockomania son. This was a breeding between two very short and “bully” dogs that produced some amazing results. This breeding was a collaboration between Venomline’s Matt Siebenthal and Dawghouse Bullies. Every single pup from this litter has turned out to be exceptional.
The litter not only produced 2020 BULLY KING Magazine Mascot Champion Big Apache but also his brother Grand Champion Diesel. Diesel made headlines months back becoming one of the youngest ABKC Grand Champions in breed history at just 11 months old. GrCh Diesel is owned by Robert & Melissa Thomas. We’re expecting big things as well out of his siblings like Blackout owned by Richard Korakakos and Hollywood AKA “Roman” owned by David and Brittany Farag.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT APACHE’S STATS AND HIS PERSONALITY?
Apache currently shows in the pocket class where he earned his Champion Title. We will be working toward his Grand Champion Title next and he has already earned a major in his first time showing in the class. Apache is just a little over 1 1/2 years old and currently weighs in at an earth shattering 90 pounds.
That’s a ton of mass on a Pocket Bully that’s structurally sound. Apache has five loves in his life: Raw food, his frisbee, his family, sleeping and he loves to play! What he dislikes, is negative energy. Apache is an eternal optimist that sees the best in just about anyone. But he can also sense negative energy and people with bad intentions. We think this is his gift!
How can we tell when he doesn’t like a person? He hides behind us ever so obviously and inconspicuously… Not! Hard to hide that massive body of his, but he seems to think he does a good job. Apache doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, so he’d never bite (even if antagonized). To this day, we’ve never seen him show his teeth to any dog, human or animal. As gentle as he is, he also serves as our alarm system. When someone is at the door or he sees the mailman, he’s happy to show off his ferocious bark, which makes us laugh because we know he’d never do anything to anyone.
ANY SHOUTOUTS OR PEOPLE YOU’D LIKE TO MENTION?
We would like to thank Fort Lauderdale Animal Hospital who’s our primary reproductive veterinarian for helping us with Apaches stud program and with all of our breedings and surgical needs. Please feel free to Contact us at dawghousebullies.com or dawghousebullies on Instagram and Facebook for more information on Apache.
We have always admired Ed Shepherd and his accomplishments as a breeder and dogman. Ed was not only extremely knowledgeable about the breed, but his passion was contagious and he inspired countless others. Ed was also a man of God and wasn’t afraid to let you know it!. He was an incredible man that is responsible for creating many of the biggest legends in our breed! We want to say thank you to him for everything!
If you’re not already following Jackie and Dawghouse Bullies, be sure to give Dawghouse a follow on all of their social media sites and keep up with the latest from BULLY KING Mascot ABKC Champion Big Apache, ABKC Champion Fury, ABKC Champion Dozer and the rest of the Dawghouse crew!
For Stud Service or additional information on Dawghouse Bullies Puppies for sale or Upcoming Breedings: please visit their Website.
DAWGHOUSE BULLIES PUPPIES
As of this writing- Champion Apache’s first couple litters have arrived and we’re beyond ecstatic with both their potential and his future at Stud. Dawghouse’s puppies are in high demand, so if you’re interested in a quality bully from an exceptional breeder that truly cares about the breed and the puppies produced, it’s best to reserve in advance by leaving a deposit on a future breeding before spots fill up.
But if you keep your dogs outside, leave them chained up or cannot provide a loving home or afford proper care, vet visits etc., don’t be offended if Jackie refuses to sell you a dog. As we mentioned earlier, Jackie truly loves her babies and only wants them placed with loving, responsible owners. If you can provide a loving home, proper care or do not treat your dogs as part of the family, find another breeder. But if you truly love your dogs and treat them as part of the family, you won’t find a more knowledgeable, caring and quality breeder.
Jackie not only follows up with her puppies that leave, she’s also one of the absolute best in her field when it comes to diet, whelping litters as well as being experienced in both training and showing in conformation events (dog shows). Not only is she experienced, she’s accomplished in the show ring as well, having champed out multiple produced dogs in several different classes.
We’ve published several of Jackie’s articles in past issues as she’s our “go to” resource on food and diet as well as many other aspects of this incredible breed. When you choose Dawghouse, you’re not only getting top of the line dog- you’re gaining a mentor and friend. One that’s always willing to help and guide, teach and is a source of invaluable information.
MOST PROUD MOMENT OF 2020?
There have been many proud moments since we started out on this journey! One of the accomplishments that we’re most proud of is taking some of our productions into the ABKC show ring, and despite having never been a handler ourselves- we’ve managed to earn ABKC Champion Titles for three dogs in two different Classes.
Champion Apache, Champion Fury and Champion BlueDozer. Despite being new to handling our own dogs, we decided why stop there? Big Apache, Fury and Blue Dozer have all currently earned points toward their Grand Champion titles.
ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO SEE CHANGE OR IMPROVE IN OUR BREED?
We believe that American Bully Breeders today in general, need to emphasize more on creating functional and healthy American Bullies. Those with “correct” structure that are show quality, without losing sight of health and temperament.
We will always put these criteria first and foremost as our program objective. We believe that the ABKC is making great strides in improving breed standards. We like the diversity of the judges’ and their opinions. Although it’s inevitable that judging can be subjective, as a whole they’re usually pretty close to each other in terms of what they like to see across the board. We usually see the same top 3 dogs picked in a quad show, usually just in different order. Though some may not agree, we think diverse judging is a good thing within reason.
Please feel free to reach out to us anytime! We’re easy to find and happy to help.
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