State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Freya from Coasties Bullies. We are located on the Central Coast (New South Wale) in Australia.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We mainly breed American bullies, pockets, and micros. However, we also have had standards and XL bullies in the past. We also breed Frenchies, British Bulldogs, and Dachshunds. But, our favorites are the American bullies. They are the perfect family pet, super easy to look after, and a breed that is a joy to be around.
What is your favorite bloodline?
A favorite will always be the Venom bloodline. Our first girl, Storm, is a Venom daughter, so I’ll always have a soft spot for that bloodline.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
A responsible dog breeder is someone who puts the animals before the money or anything else. I originally grew up on a farm, and the chores and jobs of the farm came second to caring for the animals.
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
We feed the dogs a variety of raw meat diets, mainly with beef. Then, depending on the dog and their needs, we add kibble, fish, rice, vegetables, fruit, and yogurt.
How many times a day do you feed your dogs?
The puppies who are weaning and moving on to food are fed four times a day. Some adult dogs enjoy one big meal to graze on throughout the day, and others like two meals during the day, one in the morning and the other at night.
How do you keep your dogs in shape throughout the year?
We have seven acres of land, and every day our dogs are let out to socialize and run and play. Our kids love to play with the dogs and puppies. We also take them on walks to the beach and even let them chase us as we ride motorbikes in the paddock.
Walk us through the process of purchasing a pup from Coasties Bullies from start to finish.
- First, people have to enquire about the available dogs to see if there is one they like.
- Then, we discuss the deposit needed to request a pup and explain the payment process.
- We also want to meet or speak on the phone to ask questions and better understand their needs.
- We prefer people to come and see the dog in person. (If they aren’t close, we like to do video calls)
- We will send them updates with photos until the pup is ready to be taken home.
- When they pick up their new dog, we provide a complete puppy package with information, documents, health checks, food, and toys.
Does Coasties Bullies currently show any of your dogs?
No, but I would love to. Right now, it’s been hard to find the time with our two businesses and five young kids at home. But, I would love to show our dogs in the future and am incredibly proud of them.
What advice does Coasties Bullies have for any upcoming breeders?
Make sure you do your research and ask other breeders for advice. Any good breeder will happily give you tips. If they don’t, then they are probably not a great role model. I love helping new dog owners or breeders and sharing my experiences with them.
What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I would like us to overcome seeing other kennels as competition. I feel like we are all doing our own thing within our kennels. But, unfortunately, a few bad breeders can tarnish everyone, and it can be hard to trust within the community.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
We can overcome this obstacle by being more open and honest and seeing breeders as a community, not a competition. I would like us to leave the competition to the shows.
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to smaller kennels like Microbully Australia, East Coast Kennels Australia, and others like them. They focus on the quality of life, production and are honest and good families.
Tell us about one of Coasties Bullies main goals for 2022.
The year 2022 will be a big year for us! We have come a long way to get where we are. After a year of importing our girl and her being ready to breed, we just had our first litter of micros. So this next year will see us doing more of our own thing, some of our dogs we have produced having their first litters and hopefully being closer to moving to a property of our own to set up our final set up for our family and kennel. And hopefully, after all this Covid stuff, a well-deserved family holiday as a family is everything.
Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
Instead of overproducing and being money-hungry, I’d love to focus on quality and care for the animals. Also, it would be nice to see more registries from overseas open up branches over here. It would make life easier, accessible, and encourage more bully shows.
What separates Coasties Bullies from the competition?
I'd like to say that attention to detail separates us from others. This year, we have had a lot going on, but we try to produce good quality dogs and stay in touch with our dog owners like a big family.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
We spend a lot of time outdoors fishing and going out on the boat. My kids are everything, so my life is built around them. I am very creative and love repurposing old furniture and painting. Lastly, I have a passion for tattoos and modeling, which I put on hold due to lack of time.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
I love the Bully Girl Magazine. There are a lot of men and man-based things in the bully world, so it is nice to see the strong, successful women being acknowledged for their space in the bully world. There are so many women who breed or run kennels behind the scenes too, so it’s nice to us upfront.