State your name, your kennel, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Crystal Arroyo. I am the owner of Power Built Kennels, along with Kris G. Our kennel is located in Deltona, FL near Orlando, which more people may be familiar with.
What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
We breed American Bullies. Our inspiration for American Bullies started when we were searching for a dog for our sons’ birthday. I wanted something small, and Kris wanted something larger for protection. We came across the American Bully, and fell in love with their look instantly.
Also after much research, we learned that they are known to be a loving companion, trainable, and good with kids. American Bullies make the perfect family dog with the look of a beast!
What is your favorite bloodline?
My favorite bloodline would have to be Gottiline.
In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a responsible dog breeder?
- Knowledgeable about the breed
- Creating healthy, physically, and behaviorally stable dogs
- Loving what you do, and not just in it for the money
- Having the time and patience it takes to deal with breeding
- Having the finances available to care for your dogs in time of need/emergencies
What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
Throughout the year we like to do a raw diet with some Victor dog food and added vitamins. We do a raw diet especially in the summer when skin irritations start to flare up. Our raw diet consists of Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Fruits, and Vegetables.
How many times a day do you feed your dogs?
At Power Built Kennels, we feed our dogs 2-3 times a day.
How do you keep your dogs in shape throughout the year?
We have our dogs run daily. They will run around the block with us, or in the backyard.
Walk us through the process of purchasing a pup from your kennel from start to finish.
Once pups are here, we will wait till they are a couple of weeks old then start accepting deposits.
- We will ask some questions to make sure our pups are going to good homes.
- After deposits are sent that pup will then be held for that person and a puppy contract will be sent over.
- When puppies are 8 weeks, have their shots, and puppy papers are in, the pups will be able to go to their new homes.
- A puppy basket and necessities will be sent along with the puppy as well.
Do you currently show any of your dogs?
Currently, we are not showing any dogs, but plan to soon.
What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
The best advice I can give to other breeders is to research what you are getting into first. Study what to do in case things do not go as planned, and take your time. Use what you have in front of you with your vision in mind, and work at it.
Figure out how to master your plan/vision before jumping into action, and never talk about other breeders coming up or already in the game. Focus on yourself, and remember what works for others may not work for you.
What do you think is the most difficult thing for people in the bully game to overcome?
I think the hardest thing for people in the bully game to overcome is a failure, especially when just starting out. Things might not always go as planned. We have lost some puppies before. That really hit us hard, and at a point had me thinking, can I really do this? However, if you're truly passionate about what you're doing, keep at it.
How do you think they can overcome this thing?
A way to overcome failure is realizing where you went wrong and learn how to fix it for next time. Stay focused and get back at it. Have the tools ready to prevent future failures, and just accept that breeding is not easy. With more and more experience comes ease.
Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I look up to the OGs in the game that are producing true American Bullies. I love to see people that have been breeding for 5+ years, and are still at it. These are the people that make a way for us new breeders, and they are getting the name of the American Bully out there.
Tell us about one of your main goals for 2021.
One of our main goals was getting some nice foundation females that come from good bloodlines, which is exactly what we did. A future goal for 2021, is setting our boy Ghost up with some breeding’s, to see what he can produce.
Describe how you would want things, in the bully breed Community, to be 10 years from now.
Ten years from now I would like to see the bully breed community more well known around the world and accepted. I would also love to see more knowledge being given out on how this breed was created, and the different styles of bullies.
What separates your kennel from the competition?
What we feel separates us from the competition, is our drive to create true American Bullies. We just don’t want to use a top stud because of his name. We want to use a top stud that matches up with the pedigree of the females we have. Our goal is to produce more consistent litters, and give more people the confidence in knowing what their Bully will look like in the future.
What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
We are family people. When we are not taking care of our dogs, we are taking care of our kids. Power Built Kennels is a family-based kennel, and we enjoy spending time together. Outside of the kennel, we do a lot of sports and try to stay as active as possible.
What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
We think Bully Girl Magazine is amazing. They give people a platform to speak on American Bullies, and help others gain knowledge about the breed.