Oklahoma Bully Breeders
State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
Hello! We are Justin & Brooke Norman, founders of Explicit Bullyz 918. You can find us in Sandsprings, Oklahoma right outside of Tulsa.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We currently are breeding Pocket and Standard American Bully’s. We began with Pit Bull / Bully’s of the Remy, Razors Edge and Gotti bloodlines about 9 years ago. We gradually went into the American Bully Breed, and have been breeding short, stacked American Bully’s ever since.
We love that the American bully is a short and compact breed that still has the drive of a pit bull. We strive to breed loving, fun, fully functional, show quality dogs here at Explicit Bullyz 918.
What is your favorite bloodline?
Not to boast, but we are very fond of our bloodline. This bloodline originated with, ours truly, Bailey Brooklynn & Haus Da Boss. However, we will always have to go back to what got us to where we are today. Those bloodlines are Remy, Gotti, Miagi and Dax bloodlines.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
A responsible breeder needs to have love for what they are breeding before they can move forward. If not, they won’t strive to put their everything into bettering the breed with every litter. Breeding takes time, love, patience, money, education and vision.
Education is key. Moving forward without a vision in mind is where a lot of breeders lose their way. Read up on the literature, buy books and watch YouTube. Educate yourself like you're in “Bully college” before going forward.
Breeding without a purpose, isn’t proper breeding. Always try to better the breed with every litter you produce. With every litter you should also be bettering yourself, and the methods you use as well. Take everything as a learning curve and strive to do better.
Always provide the best care that you can for your dogs. Keeping them healthy and happy is the key to success as well. Here at Explicit Bullyz 918, we like to let our dogs be dogs. They play in the mud, and run around every chance they get. It helps them remain grounded and happy.
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We have taken a slightly different approach, completely by accident. We also have our own vegetable garden, and grow meat chickens. Our dogs love their dry kibble, mixed with fresh eggs(shells included), a few tablespoons of coconut oil, some ultra24 protein powder and we also use Bully Max Vitamins daily as well.
Our dogs also truly enjoy eating out of the garden, which they do everyday. We make a salad of their favorite things: lettuce, broccoli, carrots, spinach and kale. We also use a dressing made of sardines, eggs and oil. Occasionally, along with peanut butter and hard boiled eggs and some of our raw organic chicken. They absolutely love it!
How many times a day do you feed your dogs?
We feed our dogs twice daily, however puppies always get more feedings due to their high nutrient demand. Nursing bully’s are always fed openly throughout the day. Their body’s are need tons of vitamins and nutrients, to help puppies develop inside or outside of their bodies.
How do you keep your dogs in shape throughout the year?
We have an open yard policy for our dogs. They play with one another, and run around our acre of land. We also take them to parks and lakes to get some swim time. All of our bully’s except one, absolutely love to swim. The only bully’s that are in kennels during the day, are the ladies in heat or the mama’s that just recently had pups. However, they get their own yard time as well.
At night, we put them up in their kennels/beds in the house. Then in the morning they are let right back out till bedtime. We also have a large rope that they use to play tug a war with each other everyday as well. Soon we’ll be adding a structured spring pole for the bulls to have some fun on as well.
Walk us through the process of purchasing a pup from Explicit Bullyz 918 from start to finish.
- The new owners would contact us to see what’s available.
- We discuss what they are looking for in a bully, and ask a few quick questions to determine if they are suitable for a bully.
- Once we have determined they are suitable and ready for a bully, and they have picked which pup they are interested in, a contract is sent over.
- After reviewing the contract. They will sign and send it back to us.
- After the signed contract is returned, a deposit is put down.
- Puppy remains growing over the next 6+ weeks and we start sending weekly updates, videos and pictures of their new baby.
- At 8 weeks of age, the puppy has had shots and is healthy enough to go to their furever home. They can be transported or picked up at our location.
Do you currently show any of your dogs?
No we do not actively show any dogs right now. However, we have a few that are getting ready for their debut. We are also training a few to do weight pulling competitions.
What advice does Explicit Bullyz 918 have for any upcoming breeders?
Love your dog like they are your children, and not like they are a dollar sign. Find your vision for what you want your kennel to represent, and stay true to that. Never stop educating yourself or striving to be better. Always strive to provide top of the line care. For us, we always put God first!
What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
Honestly there’s so many people who see the bully breed as a threat. I feel a lot of bully breeders have difficulties with how people view or look at bully’s in general. These dogs are great for families, as companions. They are great with kids. All of our dogs absolutely love their cat siblings, so they are even great with other animals as well.
Bully breeders struggle with the bad rep bully’s have following them. That stereotype is completely inaccurate and unfair. It’s annoying when you take a bully in public and someone refers to your short, compact bully as a Pit Bull. Also, when they walk far out of the way of your bully, because they fear them. This has been an issue for quite some time.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Education is the key to understanding. Breeders need to continue to educate people on the difference between a Pit Bull versus an American Bully. Also educate them on the great characteristics bully’s have, along with pits. People need education on the importance of a good bloodline, because a good bloodline plays a huge role in the temperament and the overall nature of the dog.
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Honestly, we don’t look up to anyone specific. If I had to name a kennel who’s program we really liked, it would be Mo_kennel out of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s got great dogs and has stayed true to his vision. Also, C-Way Bullies out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He has blessed us with our foundation female and he runs a tight ship at his camp.
Tell us about one of Explicit Bullyz 918 main goals for the year 2020.
We would like to better educate the public as to what a bully really represents.
- a bully represents tons of super sloppy licks/kisses
- a ton of love and amusement.
- a house with a bully is a fun house. It's a house that has one single shoe that comes up missing for a few hours, because it was hidden by your house hippo (American Bully), just cause.
- your house will have laughter but also be protected by muscle packed bully’s.
- bully’s are great for kids who want to start the showing at competitions. It gives them a hobby doing something with the dog they love.
Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
We would like to see new bloodlines emerge with great structures. We’d also love to see American Bully’s that are short and stacked, but also fully functional with less health issues. Lastly, we’d love to see more weight pulling competitions, with these over stacked bully’s competing.
What separates Explicit Bullyz 918 from the competition?
I believe most kennels are different simply because we have different visions. Our vision is to produce family oriented, stacked, show quality, farm loving bullys with stellar drive.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
As mentioned above, we have a homestead/garden that we love growing along with our bully’s. We are an outdoors type family. We enjoy going to lakes, fishing, throwing BBQ parties and constantly whipping something up in the kitchen. I’m talking about straight from the garden, to the plate, type meals.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I feel Bully Girl Magazine is a great publication. Bully Girl helps you stay updated on the bully world and it’s such a great way for breeders to get to know one another. Bully Girl is an awesome source for education as well. We look forward to being in this great magazine again, if ever the opportunity arises.