Victoria Traina is the founder of Long Island Bully Squad, a kennel located in Long Island, New York that has been breeding American Bullies for 17 years and French Bulldogs for six years. Growing up around dogs since she was four or five years old, Traina was inspired by her family to become involved in their breeding business.
Long Island Bully Squad is committed to breeding healthy dogs and tests all their breeding dogs for genetic health conditions using Animal Genetics. The French Bulldog panel consists of tests for Canine Multifocal retinopathy type 1, degenerative myelopathy, hyperuricosuria and juvenile hereditary cataracts. They also test for IVDD.
Traina and her family prioritize socializing their puppies from birth, interacting with them and providing different toys and exercises to help with stimulation. Once weaned off their mothers, puppies get more socialization by meeting serious clients in person, helping them prepare for their new homes.
When it comes to their dogs' diet, Long Island Bully Squad feeds their dogs a half kibble, half raw diet, with different toppers each day to provide necessary nutrients and keep things interesting. They recommend Redford, Orijen, and Honest Kitchen dog food brands.
Long Island Bully Squad feeds their adults 1-2 times a day and their puppies 3-4 times a day, depending on their age. They keep their dogs in shape by allowing them access to the outdoors and going on walks and training sessions.
Prospective buyers interested in a puppy from Long Island Bully Squad can fill out an application and have a video chat to see the puppy before meeting them in person and placing a deposit. All puppies come with a health certificate and negative stool sample, and the kennel keeps in touch with clients for support after adoption.
Traina and her family show their dogs as much as possible, striving to produce the best family bully with quality structure and amazing temperament. Their main goal for 2023 is to get into veterinary school and continue improving their breeding program.
In 10 years, Traina hopes to see a more united bully community, with breeders working together to better the breed. She advises upcoming breeders to take their time, do their research, and find a mentor to guide them.
What sets Long Island Bully Squad apart from the competition is their passion for their dogs and the fact that they work together as a family to create the best possible breeding program. Traina is also a fan of Bully Girl Magazine, which she has been reading since she was a little girl.