State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Briann Sablas. We are The Bully Ohana, and are located in Southern Oregon.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
At The Bully Ohana we breed Micro American Bullies. It was never our intention to become breeders. We had just purchased our home and my husband, Jason, wanted a "real dog". I had a 10-year-old chorkie, Rocky. Jason’s last dog was an English Bulldog that he had13 years ago. One of his closest friends, who passed away, had bullies. Jason was always enamored by the breed and wanted to get one in honor of him.
We acquired our first bully and during the purchasing process the breeder tried to convince Jason to breed. He still was not interested. A few months later, Jason got bored being a stay-at-home dad and began to do in-depth research on the breed, and that was the beginning of our journey. We acquired our next bully with the intent of breeding; therefore, we sought out a quality pup with a solid pedigree, and started networking within the community.
What is your favorite bloodline?
That's a tough one! There are so many great lines. Our yard is heavy in Okalani blood, but we also love Veneno and Bullsace. Of course, we have to pay respect to the old-school bloodlines, too: Gottiline, Miagi, Razor’s Edge, and Dax.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
A responsible breeder is one that puts the health and welfare of their dogs in front of the money, a breeder that will always choose ethics over financial gain. Transparency is huge. A breeder with nothing to hide will be willing to answer all your questions and provide videos, photos, or allow visits.
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We feed our bullies a balanced raw diet.
How many times a day do you feed your dogs?
At Bully Ohana, our bullies are fed once a day.
How do you keep your dogs in shape throughout the year?
We take them out on daily walks. Our kids love to run them in the yard and play catch. One of the things we love most about the bully breed is how they adapt to their surroundings. They will be as active as you want them to be, or they will be lazy and cuddle in bed all day with you.
Walk us through the process of purchasing a pup from The Bully Ohana from start to finish.
- Interviews are conducted on potential clients (We currently have a waitlist).
- When a litter is born, we contact those on our waitlist and provide updates.
- At five weeks, we have puppy picking day and they are able to place a deposit on a specific dog, or be rolled over to a future litter. Puppies are raised in our home using puppy culture and early neurological stimulation.
- Between 8-10 weeks, puppies are rehomed.
- Prior to delivery they are vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, and vet checked.
- The puppy can be picked up directly from us or they are sent to the client via flight nanny service.
Does The Bully Ohana currently show any dogs?
We do not, our focus since starting has been building our program and brand. Our goal for 2023 is to participate in shows.
What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
- Do your research: research your breed specifically, breeding practices, whelping, and raising puppies. There is a lot to know, and you are responsible to educate yourself.
- Breeding is expensive; so ensure you have the funds to do it properly. It can take years to see a return on your investment.
- Follow your vision; don't chase the latest trends unless they align with your vision.
- Breed to create something you want to keep. You want to be proud of your productions.
- Find a camp or kennel that aligns with your vision and values, and inquire if they provide mentorship with puppy purchase or use of stud. Invest with someone willing to help you build. Having a mentor was pivotal to our success.
What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
The most difficult thing to overcome is the people. There is a lot of hate, disrespect, and negative competition within the community. As breeders, we face enough ridicule and harassment by people against breeding, on top of the negative stigma that follows bully breeds. We don't need to be against each other; we should be joining forces as a community and supporting one another.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Stay true to your vision; don't get caught up in the negativity.
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
We respect anyone that displays a great deal of moral fiber not just in his or her breeding program but also in life. We look up to those that can succeed and have longevity in the bully community. It takes grit and the ability to evolve to stay up.
Tell us about one of The Bully Ohana's main goals for 2022.
Our goal for 2022 is getting our stud, Kapono, working. He has sired 10 litters thus far and has a few more litters about to drop!
Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now we hope the bully community is a more united vs. divided. That we are more inept to collaborate instead of the constant negative competition. Having different likes, opinions, and styles does not mean we need to hate each other. We can all have our preferences and respectively agree to disagree.
What separates The Bully Ohana from the competition?
What separates us is our vibe. We are from the islands so aloha and being pono are main pillars in our program. We believe in supporting, uplifting, and sharing our knowledge with the bully community. If you scroll through our Instagram, you'll find tips and tricks, educational posts, inspirational quotes, common struggles, cute puppies, funny reels, and of course our pack. Anyone that invests in our program becomes a part of our ohana, hence our name 'The Bully Ohana'.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Jason and I enjoy traveling, hitting the gym together, going on hikes, and paddle boarding. We have four children that keep us quite busy with their activities.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
We love Bully Girl Magazine! It's a great resource for the bully community and the app is amazing.