State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My Name is Lyssette. I own PushinP Bullyz and am based out of Southern California.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I currently breed Exotic Bullies and Frenchies. My love for Bullies came from Pitbulls. Growing up we always had them so having a little version of them is dope. As far as Frenchies, I fell in love with them after seeing them at dog shows. I am blessed to be close to a few Frenchie breeders who are mentoring me.
What is your favorite bloodline?
When it comes to Bullies I’d have to say Tazmania Devil, and in Frenchies I love the Valor look.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
I love this question. A responsible breeder to me is someone who puts the dog first instead of money. Meaning not breeding too early, taking to the vet, feeding properly, getting exercise time in and not just kept in the kennel, and all areas kept clean. Someone who genuinely wants to make the breed better.
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
They’re on dry kibble. For pregnant or nursing moms I give boiled chicken, raw eggs, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin along with the kibble.
Are there any specific brands of dog food that you recommend?
I honestly like the Kirkland adult dog food bag, I swapped over to it about 2 years ago and haven’t looked back.
How many times a day do you feed your dogs?
My dogs are fed twice a day.
How do you keep your dogs in shape throughout the year?
They keep one another active in the yard. These breeds are prone to overheating, so playing fetch or letting them run around with my toddlers around the house wears them out.
Walk us through the process of purchasing a pup from your kennel from start to finish.
- When customers first reach out I immediately ask what interests them in this breed, what are their intentions, and what is their budget. The reason being is this might not be the breed for their everyday lifestyle, and my dogs might not be in their budget.
- Next if everything checks out and they’re still interested they are given a contract as they drop the deposit. The contract does include them being able to give the dog back instead of taking it to the pound if their circumstances change.
- I provide pictures and FaceTimes until the date of pick up.
- When it’s pick up time or I hand deliver, they’re given a folder with pups shot records as well as everyday routines and dog food being fed. They can reach out to me whenever with any questions they might have.
Do you currently show any of your dogs?
Yes, I currently attend dog shows up to two times per weekend, where my dogs come and compete.
What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
This is not a get rich quick scheme, you will not see money immediately. If you solely are doing this for money don’t try it. You have to genuinely love animals because you will take a lot of losses. Your money is continuously being reinvested. Be open to learning daily and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most importantly if you have a budget remember it’s not only buying the dog, you’re also looking at vet bills, stud fees, and reproductive bills. Start with a female!
What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I think the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome is the hype. With so many new breeders coming in and pushing color or a fad over structure, it’s become an issue. This is because now they’re putting any dogs together to create the newest look and they are ending up with these dogs that no one wants to buy.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Getting back to the basics and reevaluating your camps, not being kennel blind.
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
The Bully Campline, Jorge Soto is one of the smartest men in this game. Not only has he always had some of the dopest dogs, but he’s managed to build a team to help carry on his legacy.
Tell us about one of your main goals for 2022.
One of my main goals for 2022 is to become a household name solely off my productions.
Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would love for us to breed correctly, for what’s in the best interest of the dogs. Be open to constructive criticism, without it we can’t grow.
What separates your kennel from the competition?
I treat everyone with the same respect. Whether you have 20 followers or 30k, I don’t treat you any differently. I freely give advice and help people with nothing expected in return. Because of this I have so many clients returning and waiting for my next litter.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I currently also MC, and judge dog shows which are pretty exciting. Other than that I have a love for guns so collecting them is definitely on my radar. I wish I had more time for hobbies but I’m a mom of 3 so life is pretty hectic.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I love Bully Girl Magazine! It’s exciting to see so many women doing their thing and having such beautiful dogs! Wish you guys the best, and thank you for the opportunity!