Brett Ferry, the owner of CornBred Bullies, or CBB for short, is a renowned breeder of XL American Bullies based in Des Moines, Iowa. Brett's love for bully breeds began at an early age, and he was planning to breed Dogo Argentinos until he met a friend who owned an XL that left a lasting impression on him. Brett was impressed by the dog's size, temperament, and loyalty, and started researching the breed.
After weighing the pros and cons of different breeds, Brett felt that XLs would fit better with what he wanted personally in a dog. He started his breeding program with a focus on producing healthy and well-rounded dogs that possess desirable traits like size, strength, and athleticism.
To ensure the health and well-being of his dogs, Brett tests all his breeding dogs for genetic health conditions, such as OFA, cardiac, and baer. Health is a top priority in Brett's program, and he plans to do a lot of desensitization to new sights, sounds, and smells to prepare his puppies for their new homes.
Brett doesn't have a favorite bloodline or style of XL. He appreciates a well-put-together dog, whether it comes in a shorter, stockier frame or a taller one, as long as breed type holds. However, Brett prefers cleaner dogs typically over the super extreme.
Brett believes honesty and good business are key characteristics of a responsible dog breeder. Acknowledging faults, being aware of areas in your dogs that need improvement and breeding accordingly, and health testing are important aspects of responsible breeding. Brett treats his dogs like family and not like a money machine, and he believes that you can't be a responsible breeder without first treating your dogs with love and respect.
Currently, Brett feeds his dogs Purina Pro Plan Salmon All Ages, but he plans to switch to raw food in the future. He free feeds his dogs, and they go on daily walks and off-leash runs to stay in shape.
Brett's process of purchasing a pup from his kennel is straightforward. He asks the buyer what they are truly wanting from this dog and expectations. After that, a deposit is required to hold any puppy or pick, and once the deposit is placed, a contract is sent. Brett guarantees against embark tested health issues as well as any vet diagnosed genetic defects, and support will always be offered.
Brett doesn't currently show any of his dogs, but he plans to get involved in the future. He advises upcoming breeders to do their research, talk to people with dogs, be patient, and be prepared for the unexpected. Brett's main goal for 2023 is to continue to build the Cornbred Bullies brand and produce some bad-ass dogs.
Brett believes that in ten years, there will be a lot more fully health tested dogs in the bully breed community. He hopes to see less issues with joint problems and other genetic defects and believes that with proper breeding and care for the dogs, it is achievable.
What separates Brett's kennel from the competition is his focus on health and improving the overall health of the breed. Brett was a hip hop artist for over 15 years, so music will always be a love of his, and he enjoys gaming on his PS5 when he gets some free time.
Brett thinks that Bully Girl Magazine is a great way to learn about other breeders and dogs that you may not have known about previously. The interviews are also a great way to get the perspective of other breeders and see how other programs are operating.