State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
Our names are Robert Leonardi and Mike Mcgrogan, owners of Bucks County Bullies. We are located in Levittown, PA and Pennsville, NJ.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We breed extreme pocket American bullies. I was inspired by the characteristics of the dogs. Once I was shown the dogs I took off into it and realized this is something I love and want a future in. The dogs are great to train, show even better, and we are here to produce some of the baddest bulls on the east coast.
What is your favorite bloodline?
I would have to say Venomline & Louis V line but there are many others that really stand out to me as well.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
Honestly in my opinion, it’s someone who puts the dogs before the money. Everybody thinks this is a get rich scheme but in reality that’s not what this is. There are many losses in the game but there is also reward if you do it correctly. You have to dedicate tons of time and energy into the dogs, you have to network, and you have to always think about bettering the breed or it will never work. Responsibility wise you must always make sure the dog is healthy and doing workouts/training exercises, you must also have love for the dog and breed.
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We feed a raw meat and kibble diet. During the fall and winter it's bulking season, and during the summer they are always running around burning off the weight you're trying to keep on.
Are there any specific brands of dog food that you recommend?
I highly recommend the Purina Pro Plan for kibble. Preferably something fish based, no chicken or beef as it seems to give big skin issues in my experience.
How many times a day do you feed your dogs?
I feed them twice a day, sometimes three but the bowl is always filled with kibble.
How do you keep your dogs in shape throughout the year?
A lot of it is genetics but I always keep them working with ropes, pull toys, treadmills, hang toys and balls.
Walk us through the process of purchasing a pup from your kennel from start to finish.
- First, you reach out to us via dm, email, facebook, phone etc - however you would like.
- Next, we ask what you're looking for and from what litter. Once we understand what you are interested in we get to work.
- We require a $1000 dollar deposit which is non refundable for any pup.
- Then, we send over a pup contract.
- As the puppies are being whelped we take tons of pictures and videos to assure our customers of their growth and development.
- As that 8 weeks goes by the customer is to pay off the dog in full before any pup is picked up. They are welcome to do facetimes to see their pup picks.
- At week eight after everyone is paid in full, if you need shipping we can provide that or you are more than welcome to come pick up your precious fur baby, see the kennel and meet all of the dogs!
Do you currently show any of your dogs?
Yes, I currently show Kilo and Karma. Kilo is on her run to be a champion, we are only a few points out of that.
What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
My advice to any upcoming breeders is to take it seriously, hit it hard and you will succeed. Those long nights of whelping and training, and those endless days of trying to better your kennel and dogs will pay off.
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 thinking you are gonna get rich quick. If you come into it thinking like that, you’re never gonna overcome it.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Forget about the money. Worry about the breed and expanding the kennel, and you will be rewarded.
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Venomline, NMG Bullies, and Monster Empire Bullies. Since I got into the game these three guys have been helping me every step of the way. Any questions I have they always have the answer to. They always take the extra step to reach out to others if they don’t know. Honestly these are the 3 best kennels I've dealt with. I work close with them all and appreciate the knowledge they shed upon me.
Tell us about one of your main goals for 2022.
My main goal is to champ out my dog. I have quite a few litters coming up, but that isn’t going to stop me from putting in the work and finding the time to have a champion in the kennel from all of our hard work together.
Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
I'd like things to stop being about the reward and more about the dogs. I'd also like the older guys to teach these young breeders that are coming in the ins and outs, because breeding is an art and isn’t for everyone. All of those tips and secrets to it need to be taught to others to help better the breed.
What separates your kennel from the competition?
Well first and foremost the dedication that we have to our dogs day in and day out. We are working tirelessly with these dogs, getting them show ready and trained. Another thing that separates us is that we are always looking at top quality studs to better the breed and bring more wow factor to the game.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Teaching my kids to show as junior handlers is a big hobby and interest of mine, as well as watching them play youth sports. They love the dogs and love to go out and train with me and the dogs. Family is my biggest hobby and our dogs are family to us.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think Bully Girl Magazine is great and we appreciate the interview. You guys were awesome, definitely gonna push the word about you guys!