State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Anthony Heintz, founder of Reigning Bullies. You can find us in Cockeysville, Maryland.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
At Reigning bullies we breed Exotic, Micro and Pocket bullies. What really got
me inspired to get into breeding American Bullies was the stereotype. Everyone looks at the bully breed as vicious towards people and other animals.
My brother and I rescued a pocket bully named Polo, who was abused and very fragile when we got him. With a little bit of socialization and work, his temperament quickly turned around and he became a great dog. My brother raised his two children with Polo by his side, and had no issues. Polo was a great family dog.
The breed is very underrated. Bully dog breeds have a great temperament with kids, and make great family dogs. I also love the look of them and how functional they can be, along with their muscular characteristics.
What is your favorite bloodline?
I wouldn’t say I necessarily have a favorite. All bloodlines have something to offer, and there are new bloodlines coming about every day. However, two of the bloodlines that I like are Bape and Miagi, due to the consistency they produce.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
In my opinion, a responsible dog breeder puts the dog first. Responsible breeders make sure the dogs are always taken care of and are not bred to make a quick buck. A quality dog breeder strides to better the breed and their program.
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep my dogs on a diet of Kibble and RAW, along with various supplements and vitamins. For RAW, we use a mixture of ground beef, chicken, eggs, carrots, apples and peanut butter.
How many times a day do you feed your dogs?
I feed my dogs 2-3 times a day, depending on how much I work them that day. Also, I always make sure that they get as much water as they need.
How do you keep your dogs in shape throughout the year?
To keep my dogs in shape throughout the year, I take them on walks, hikes and to open to fields to let them run. The dogs also get ample amount of time on the spring pole and play time with each other. They love playing tug of war and chasing each other around. All of my dogs are fully functional and love to work, so it isn’t too hard to keep them in shape.
Walk us through the process of purchasing a pup from your kennel from start to finish.
- Call, Text, Email, or Message us on or Instagram @Reigning_Bullies to see if we have any puppies available.
- We will set up a meeting in person, or via Facetime or Zoom if out of state, to make your pick.
- Once the pick is confirmed and a deposit is received, you receive an email with pictures of your puppy, and a copy of the puppy purchase contract agreement.
- Customers will be updated weekly via text, facetime and email with updated pictures and videos of their new puppy.
- The remaining balance is required on the pickup date, or prior depending on the payment arrangements made in the contract.
- Once full payment is received, the customer is able to come and pick up their new puppy, or transportation will be arranged if needed.
- Along with picking up their pup, the customer will get all paperwork for the puppy, including all shots and deworming.
Does Reigning Bullies currently show any dogs?
I have attended ABKC shows in the past, such as the Allentown Bully
Extravaganza in 2017. At this show my pocket Bully Polo took First place. Due to the current pandemic, I have not attended any shows yet this year. We will be attending the ‘Wow Factor’, along with various other shows this year.
What advice does Reigning Bullies have for any upcoming breeders?
Advice that I would give to any upcoming breeders, would be to study to breed and get knowledge on what you are getting yourself into. Have a goal in mind of what you are trying to achieve, and create it. Lastly, don’t get discouraged.
What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
One of the most difficult things to overcome in the bully game is being able to breed what you have in mind, without losing the functionality, originality and characteristics of the breed.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
I think a way for them to overcome this battle is to not get held up on one trait. Be patient with your breeding. The stud you choose, or the female you are breeding to, should always add to what your dog is lacking.
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
Two of the people I look up to in the bully game are Weezy from Stay Humble DTA Kennels, and Beez from Mini Monsters Bully Camp. The reason I look up to them is because we all have the same goals in mind.
We all believe that a dog has to be able to work and have functionality. Another reason I look up to them is because they both have started from nothing, and were able to create beautiful studs,and grow their programs to something incredible. That is something that I strive to do.
Tell us about one of your main goals for the year 2020.
Some of the main goals for Reigning Bullies this year is to upgrade the camp, and add a few new dogs to the program. I’d also like to get a couple more in house breedings done. Lastly, we are also hoping to add Frenchie’s to our program soon.
Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would love to see the bully community show a lot more love and support. We need less hate and trash talking. I would love to see the community come together, and be able to support each other and the breed. Lastly, I would also like to see some bigger bully shows, and possibly try to get them more publicized.
What separates your kennel from the competition?
What separates Reigning Bullies from the competition, is that not only do we strive to give you an award winning functional dog, but we are honest, respectful and make you feel like family.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Some other hobbies and interests that I take part in are riding my motorcycle, working on cars, working out and spending time with the family.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I think Bully Girl Magazine is dope, and is very important to the bully breed community. Bully Girl helps new breeders to gain knowledge, while helping current breeders stay up to date. The new Bully Girl Mobile App is also a great way for breeders to sell and showcase their productions.